I should qualify one thing about my first impression. When I say "much better than Brain Butchers," I considered Brain Butchers to be a dumpster fire, so almost anything would have been better. Just about to start tackling the puzzles, but I read the paper and it's fine; the writing has improved somewhat. I do legitimately enjoy the artifact though; easily the best of the year so far.
So, after spending a little time with this issue, I love the clocktopus...I think the articles are much better than last month's and I even found the curios a nice change (not a huge difference but nice and unexpected). Some of the puzzles are much more challenging this month, and even the easier ones were different so that was nice. The other issues have each had two hidden messages (either in the paper or on the box). So far I haven't been able to find anything that points to any message. The only thing that looks odd to me is:
I don't know which came first, the (however slight) alteration to Clockwork Mutineers, or our feedback about the disappointment with GoM and BB, but I at least feel like they're listening to us and adjusting appropriately.
I got my C&C yesterday, and after the delay and the problems with the customs office last time, this time everything went smooth and fast. I like the theme and the curio and was pleased with the articles. I did not look at the puzzles yet but know what to expect because I was reading your comments on them. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it this time much more than last time.
diggitydoodog: I've had dubious documents for 2 years now and finally went to work on it. Would anyone on here be willing to PM me the answer or post it in a spoiler so I can check the solution?
Sept 17, 2020 11:44:39 GMT -5
Todd: Did you hear about the dwarfish fortune teller who broke out of jail? Police are on the lookout for a small medium at large.
Oct 15, 2020 21:35:58 GMT -5
distantsmoke: It’s snowing here in NE Kansas! Yay!
Oct 26, 2020 9:51:04 GMT -5
Todd: I once went to a zoo whose only animal was a dog! It was a shih tzu.
Oct 27, 2020 18:20:25 GMT -5
rob: There are 10 types of people in this world: Those who understand binary, and those who don't.
Nov 17, 2020 17:47:10 GMT -5
AMH: Wow, I never realized that collecting and doing puzzles could make you a millionaire... If you were a billionaire !
Nov 18, 2020 23:54:06 GMT -5