Designing the Chubby Tricorder

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???

The Chubby Tricorder Project: designing a digital puzzle box

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.

My Weekend With WarTron

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

ARG/Puzzle Tools: The Next Generation

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

How I failed the WarTron application and the fun I had in so doing [Updated x 2]

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]

No home should be without the schizophrenicscope

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 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