Message #1715

From: Matthew <>
Subject: Re: yet more new puzzles and a prize
Date: Sun, 15 May 2011 19:19:27 -0000

Sounds fun, but it isn’t working for me. The program loads, but only the circles which highlight the twists are rendering for me, not the faces themselves. However, I have an exam on Wednesday so maybe that’s a good thing right now. I look forward to playing with the new puzzles soon though (not just these, there are so many new puzzles here that I need to catch up with!)


— In, Roice Nelson <roice3@…> wrote:
> Hi all,
> MagicTile v2 has been coming along well lately, so I wanted to share a
> preview (not that we need any more puzzles at the moment!). It is a big
> user experience improvement over v1, mostly due to my favorite new
> capability - *smooth hyperbolic panning*! Click and drag to your heart’s
> content.
> Not a huge number of puzzles in the menus yet, only the ones I’ve been
> distracted towards or used in development, but they are unique. Also, they
> are configured in xml and easy to set up, so if anyone would like to see
> something in particular, just let me know. I’m finding the most difficult
> (but perhaps most interesting) task is working out the coloring patterns -
> that is, how to identify cells with each other. So if you request a puzzle,
> I may turn around and ask for help like I did for the {8,3} tiling.
> Here’s what is available so far:
> - {3,7} face/edge/vertex turning
> - {8,3} 24 Color, 10 Color and alternate 12 Color (The last two surprised
> me and the 10 Color is especially pretty.)
> - {4,6} and {6,4} "Petals"
> - {5,5} - These are seriously strange… non-orientable, 6-colors.
> Should be awesome, so check them out!
> - {4,4} Variants
> - Klein Bottles - There’s a Nan/Brandon/Andrey difficulty-level
> puzzle that is both face+edge turning :)
> - {6,3} - A 7-color and a vertex turning 16-color.
> - Also nice is that you can no longer pan to the edge of the euclidean
> tilings - they will just go on forever.
> I like that Melinda gave out a prize in the speed cubing competition, so I’d
> like to offer to send a MC4D crystal
> cube<>to
> *the first person to solve all three of the {3,7} puzzles*. I know there
> are 115 stickers that move through a twist in the face turning puzzle, some
> of them tiny. I know there are a ton of colors. I know there are no macros
> or piece finding yet. I only offered the prize, and didn’t say it would be
> easy! I hope the challenge will hold the group at bay for a while, maybe
> until new features are implemented, maybe forever. Yeah right! :D
> Here are the files (I haven’t made an installer). It requires the .NET
> Framework 4<>,
> but I’d only worry about that if it doesn’t work after simply unzipping and
> attempting the run the exe.
> Cheers,
> Roice