One thing I’ve seen that seems to be mostly loathed by lovers of escape rooms is the math puzzle, or worse, puzzle-free math computation. Though I love math, I get it- you sign up for Indiana Jones-like adventure, not arithmetic class.
I’ve been putting together a whitepaper on the mathematics behind what makes a puzzle fun to solve. What started as a simple model has evolved into something more akin to a PhD thesis, so I’m going to slow down and outline a few of the basics of the experience of solving a puzzle.
The next few weekends are going to be more than a little exciting. Eight escape rooms this Saturday, and a Titanic murder mystery weekend from Tall Tales Mysteries starting the following Friday!
I’m stealthily on track for putting out one puzzle game per month for 2021. March is almost at an end, though, so what comes next?
It’s been a long-time desire of mine to spend more time creating puzzles, and it’s never been easier. There are almost too many tools to use to create, and it’s about time I start taking advantage of them.
We’ve reached an era in which there are far too many high quality puzzle games for one person to play. (Or at least one person without an overabundance of time on his or her hands) I don’t want to make a habit of vanishing into a man cave, only to emerge days later with a few more puzzles under my belt. Thankfully, I’ve found a way to get the best of both worlds.
Hanging out at the auto mechanic today to address an overdue issue with an engine part on recall, and it’s been a good opportunity to kick back and solve a few puzzles. Our team, The Sign of Four, is down to the final 39 puzzles of Puzzle Boat 2, which sounds like a lot when you don’t consider how many we started with.
These last few weeks have been strange. I’ve been busy, but I’ve been able to do a LOT of puzzles. Mostly by sacrificing sleep.
I feel like I’m drowning in puzzles. And I love it.
This week was a little bit unusual. I took nearly a full week of paid time off from my job to focus on the Red Bull Discovery Lab, yet this is the first time I’ve had in a week to put together a post. How can that be?