This is the final part in a series of three, describing the hardware behind the puzzle gadget I designed for Curtis’ birthday puzzle game.
Part 2 in a series. The story so far: a secret surprise puzzle game, a gadget that had to “contain” a piece of paper upon opening, the decision to make that gadget electronic with screen and keypad and to make that paper printed on demand by a thermal printer. Would it work???
Recently, I had the pleasure of building a puzzle-hunt gadget. The circumstances surrounding this particular device and hunt were extremely unique. The puzzle hunt was for an audience of one — a surprise birthday party for my friend Curtis.
Of course, I wrote an iPhone app to keep code sheet references handy, but sometimes I want paper code sheets.
It all started a few months ago with a contest/competition from a fictional software company. Skip back to my post on the application if you need background on that piece of the story. There is a great amount of worldbuilding and foreshadowing in the application that wove into the weekend quite well. This is how … Continue reading My Weekend With WarTron
When this post goes live, the new 1.5 version of my ARG Tools iPhone app should also be live. What is ARG Tools, you ask? It is a collection of tools and reference material for people who routinely solve puzzles: alternate reality games (ARGs), puzzle trails, The Game, and whatnot. The app (or, rather, my … Continue reading ARG/Puzzle Tools: The Next Generation
It looks as if WarTron will be the next incarnation of “The Game.” If you are not familiar with The Game – no, not that movie with Michael Douglas – it is, in brief, a weekend-long road trip in which you solve puzzles to reach particular destinations. “Race” is probably a little more apt than … Continue reading How I failed the WarTron application and the fun I had in so doing [Updated x 2]
Please note that all blog posts before 8 April 2007 were automatically imported from LiveJournal. To see the comments and any LiveJournal-specific extras such as polls and user icons, please find the source posting at http://brianenigma.livejournal.com/2005/02/Last night's strange dream: I was basically stuck in something like that Michael Douglas movie: The Game, only with a very … Continue reading No home should be without the schizophrenicscope