Post by helenahandbasket on Dec 25, 2015 11:11:29 GMT -5
I got "Maze of Games" this morning (it was actually quite a surprise since my husband usually limits himself to the Amazon list). I will probably start playing with it later today. If anyone else has the book and wants to talk about the puzzles or anything else that might be in there, I'd certainly be game!
Post by hazelmerriweather on Dec 25, 2015 18:32:57 GMT -5
I received this for Christmas as well and am quite enjoying it so far! My copy is number 27. After much deliberation, I did decide to write in my copy, as I believe the creator intended me to -- although I admit it feels a bit wrong, writing in a book!
Post by helenahandbasket on Dec 26, 2015 9:46:42 GMT -5
I've been going back and forth about writing in it or not. I know we're not supposed to write in books, etc., especially fancy signed ones. And what if I wanted to lend it to someone, or I got Alzheimer's and could have the joy of it being a brand new book every couple of hours? Then again, I'm not one much for the secondary market and actually writing on paper is sort of a luxury experience these days and maybe that luxury should be part of the experience. But it's a beautiful book and I could pass it along to another grateful puzzler. Oh, I just can't make up my mind!
BTW, do your copies have negative signs in front of the numbers or just the numbers? (I'm guessing they have negative signs if they were 2015 Christmas presents?) The story goes that the author signed and numbered the last 100 copies of the HC/FE that he had as a countdown from -100 to -1, I think my husband must have gotten in just under the wire! Link to note from author
Maybe writing in pencil would be the right compromise...
Post by hazelmerriweather on Dec 26, 2015 11:50:22 GMT -5
My copy is indeed -27!
As to the question of writing in books, it is actually quite common practice to write in them and has been so for centuries (e.g. marginalia, not to speak of puzzle books)! Of course, whether this practice adds or detracts from the value of a copy is another matter.
If you still have reservations, I believe writing lightly in pencil is a satisfactory compromise!
Post by Virginia R Hall on Dec 26, 2015 15:13:19 GMT -5
I received a copy for Christmas, as well. Stayed up late last night with the 3 of Diamonds! I can't quite bring myself to write in the book; I've been using a separate notebook as well as an electronic spreadsheet, but I may change my mind if I can find a nice, quick-drying pen--one of the puzzles would have been considerably easier and less time-consuming if I'd just written in the spaces provided.
Post by helenahandbasket on Dec 28, 2015 9:14:38 GMT -5
I like using technical pens with pigmented ink, the new ones are great because they don't clog mercilessly if you stop using it and leave the cap off for 5 minutes. Pigmented ink doesn't fade or bleed thru the paper and you can also get acid-free archival quality ink in a lot of them. Everyone's hands are different, but the one I like is Pentel Hybrid Technica, it comes in the usual drafting/technical weights starting with an extra fine at something like .3mm tip for .15mm line weight. It's an excellent quality drafting pen for its price (they aren't monstrously expensive to begin with). The finer weights dry virtually instantaneously, even on paper with a 'hard' finish, tho I tend to use a heavier one for what little everyday writing I do. There are a other good ones out there, finding just the right pen sometimes takes a little time.
Oh wait, this is supposed to be about the Maze of Games and I'm not supposed to be waxing poetic about how much I love using technical pens.
You know, for some reason I started solving the puzzles as if I were actually walking thru the maze and did 3 and maybe half of Jack before it dawned on me that I could solve the puzzles in any order I wanted to and then go back and 'walk' the maze to get the maze order for the answers. Does that seem right? I can't see there's a benefit to actually solving the puzzles in the order of walking the maze, but maybe there is? Thoughts?
Post by hazelmerriweather on Dec 28, 2015 12:55:26 GMT -5
Having at this point completed the first chapter, I can tell you that there is a sequence to the story elements, though nothing especially major, I imagine so as not to alert a person to mistakes in their sequence. However, if you decide to do the puzzles out of sequence, you may find yourself wondering when certain points were introduced!
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