Message #3448

From: Roice Nelson <>
Subject: Re: [MC4D] 3^4 solved
Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2016 17:19:53 -0500

Hi Dave,

Regarding your question about the archimedean/uniform polyhedra, that’s
totally possible! I’ve seen some physical puzzles using archimedean
solids, like here
and here
I don’t know of software doing this, but would be surprised if some didn’t
exist somewhere. Anybody here know any? (That was a slight lie, because
one version of Don’s MC4D that hasn’t been released supports 3D archimedean

Unfortunately MagicTile does not support this yet. It only supports
surfaces whose universal cover is a regular tiling. There are some puzzles
that are irregular in the sense of colorings rather than the underlying
tiling, but that’s different than what you are asking about. I’d like it
to support uniform tilings, but it would be a big undertaking and likely
require a ground-up rewrite.

I did want to point out that MC4D supports a lot of uniform polytopes (by
which I mean the polytope is vertex-transitive, but not transitive on all
flags - there are more ways a dimension up for things to be irregular, and
the term "uniform" doesn’t really capture that).


On Tue, Jul 12, 2016 at 11:06 PM, David Reens
[4D_Cubing] <> wrote:

> Ah Thanks Ray. I had gotten as far as zhumala with MC7D- wanting to try
> higher dim cubes but not understanding what clicking was doing and not
> finding directions in the ten minutes I devoted to the project. It looks
> like everything I might want is in that link.
> By the way is it possible to make twisty puzzles out of the Archimedian
> solids in 3D and not just platonic? How about uniform polyhedra? Could I do
> any of this in MagicTile? I haven’t tried it out yet.
> Cheers,
> Dave
> On Jul 12, 2016, at 5:28 PM, Ray Zhao [4D_Cubing]
> <> wrote:
> Hi there,
> Tagging things sounds real awesome. I’ve no idea how it works though – is
> there a range limit?
> Great job with the 3^4, and even better (in my super-biased opinion) that
> you want to go solve even more higher-dimensional puzzles.
> I’ll post this just in case you haven’t seen it:
> 3-click mode may be your thing.
> Also, do give MC5D a try, just in case it works out. I will admit however
> that it feels slightly buggier in some cases, especially on the 3^5.