As a professional game and puzzle inventor, I’ve always wanted to present my creations as limited edition art works. With your pledges that is what I intend to do. I started out decades ago making things in wood for my daughter, so this Kickstarter opportunity has brought me full circle. It’s named ‘Reilly’s Cube’ in her honor. No, really, her last name is Reilly too.
This is a three dimensional wood puzzle comprised of eight small cubes that interface – when assembled correctly – to create one large cube, 2 and 5/8 inches on edge. Looks simple, but it is not easy. This is a difficult puzzle and takes me twenty minutes or more to do. It is possible to assemble seven of the cubes and not have the last one fit.
This is the first time that this puzzle will be professionally produced. Dave Janelle, of Creative Crafthouse, will make it using a beautiful, sustainable hardwood called Raintree. If you help me make this Kickstarter Project successful it will enable me to make some of my other puzzles and games available as Kickstarter Projects also.
For this, my first Kickstarter Project, I am offering a limited edition of ‘Reilly’s Cube’ in two price tiers. First tier is a laser engraved, Kickstarter commemorative puzzle and the second tier is a laser engraved, Kickstarter commemorative puzzle SIGNED by me.
ABOUT MY PLEDGE REWARDS
For Pledge Rewards I chose items that are personally related to my history of game and puzzle creation. Included in this narrative are images of how my work evolved relevant to these pledge rewards. I hope you will find these of some interest, if not, at least, humorous and healthy brain fun.
For a One Dollar Pledge you get access to updates and I’ll email you when I launch my next Kickstarter Project. Plus a heap of appreciation from me for your kind vote of support and encouragement.
A Pledge Award at the Five Dollar level is a printable PDF copy of my ‘Hour Maze’ puzzles delivered to your email. The object is to fill the maze with sets of numbers from a clock. This PDF document contains 9 pages with 33 Hour Maze puzzles, some in color, and the rules. See www.hourmaze.com. It will be an iPhone app this summer. And no, I’m not handling any of the ones and zeros. Dr. Cameron Browne is doing all the heavy lifting. He is an awesome Aussie with a PhD in AI and game design who is writing a paper, ‘Metrics for Better Puzzles’ that features Hour Maze. www.cameronius.com.
A Pledge Award at the Ten Dollar level and above will bring the first 150 people an ‘AHA’ button with a personal Thank You Note from me for supporting this project, and the PDF of Hour Maze puzzles. I have only one hundred and fifty of these AHA buttons left. They are two inches in diameter. Be careful, these are not toys! There is a pin on the back. Could be worn as an earring, if you are so inclined. I’m not.
AHA was the first game I ever created and the first game I ever sold. It received Parents Magazine and Games Magazine’s awards. This is a game of strategy and pattern recognition. Remove one of the balls from the center five, place it at either end of the board, push a ball in, create and match a pattern on a card for points.
Played by two or more and solitaire. It came with my customary warning: “Children deserve loving supervision.” (I mention all these specifics because a version of AHA called ‘Match-5’ is part of the Thirty-Five Dollar reward.)
AHA has been licensed, reproduced, and sold in several versions worldwide. Shown below is the one most like my original. John Beaupre and I produced it under our company name of B & R Mindworks, in Santa Fe, New Mexico in the early nineties.
AHA is sold in Europe, under the name of ‘AYA’ by a German company, Zoch and made of beautiful high tech materials. Costs heaps of Euros. It is assembled in Germany by persons with disabilities and provides them with employment opportunities. Well worth whatever they charge. www.zoch-verlag.com.
Currently, in the North American market, AHA is produced and distributed by Mag-Nif as ‘Match-5’ and is made in the USA. (See the Thirty-Five Dollar Pledge Award.)
A Pledge Award at the Twenty Dollar level will bring you one of my Pyramid Puzzles. I made these originally with one inch wood balls. I had bought thousands of these balls and made bunches of games and puzzles using them. Including AHA. Even barbequed using a few hundred. These Pyramid Puzzles were called ‘Oops’ for the ten ball version and ‘Oops Again’ for the twenty ball version. My daughter named them at a very young age. I had no idea what to call them. The object is to stack the pairs of balls and never let the same colors touch.
The names stuck, go figure, and Channel Craft of Pennsylvania produced them for fifteen years. Both puzzles won Games Magazine’s Best 100 Award.
Ray Thompson, makes a line of puzzles based on them with miniature sports balls as a variation called Smarts Pyramids. His newest venture, ‘I Smile Because’ features a version called ‘I Smile’ to raise funds to distribute gifts to kids in hospitals.
For your Twenty Dollar Pledge, I’ll send you a pyramid puzzle with Smiles. (See below.) You will also receive an AHA button, if I still have some, and a PDF of the 33 Hour Maze puzzles.
For a Thirty-Five Dollar Pledge Award, I am offering a SIGNED copy of Match-5, new in the box. (This is a version of my AHA game mentioned earlier.) Along with an AHA button if any are left, and a PDF of Hour Maze puzzles.
This is the Thirty-Five Dollar Pledge Award.
(No, not the photo! The actual game, Signed!)
And Now, we enter the land of… ‘But Wait! There’s More!’
The Fifty Dollar Pledge Award is one laser engraved, limited edition, Kickstarter commemorative ‘Reilly’s Cube’ along with a PDF of Hour Maze puzzles, and an AHA button, if available. And, not to worry, the cube comes assembled!
For One Hundred Dollars, the Pledge Award is one, SIGNED, laser engraved, limited edition, Kickstarter commemorative ‘Reilly’s Cube’ along with a downloadable PDF of Hour Maze puzzles. And you will definitely receive an AHA button!
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Below, just for the record but quite useless to you, is a rendering of the illustrated solution that I use to assemble the cube.
I say ‘useless to you’ because this is the solution for the pattern to my New Zealand Kauri wood prototype. The limited edition, Kickstarter commemorative Raintree version of ‘Reilly’s Cube’ has a different interface pattern.
But as soon as I can, I’ll post a hands-on (Mine!) video on YouTube of how to solve Reilly’s Cube, step-by-arduous-step, for those so inclined to follow along!
Meanwhile, here's my illustrated solution guide (again, useless to you).
Above is the Solution to my NZ Kauri wood prototype only!
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Historical and Hilarious Note Follows:
It is ironic for me, personally, to be doing a Reilly’s Cube now as I was hired by Ideal Toy Company and worked in their R&D department when they introduced Rubik’s Cube to the world. (Google the math, I’ve got some mileage!)
I got this job by mistake. No, really! I went in trying to sell some of my creations to Julie Cooper, the senior vice president of Ideal. I did my presentation, he took the cigar out of his mouth, and said, “We can’t use your stuff, kid. But we can sure use you.” And he meant it. Have you seen the movie ‘The Hudsucker Proxy’ by the Coen brothers? I started out making things for, you know, kids.
With your pledges to make this effort successful, I intend to do a series of Kickstarter Projects, each featuring different creative properties and more unique concepts. (I’ve got heaps!)
Please be patient with me during this entire process as I am not too digitally adroit.
Thanks for you time and consideration, I really do appreciate it!
Shipping is EXTRA for International Orders.
1.) My personal site: http://sites.google.com/site/reilly4puzzles.
2.) Hour Maze: www.hourmaze.com.
3.) Creative Crafthouse: www.creativecrafthouse.com.
4.) Dr. Cameron Browne: www.cameronius.com.
5.) My esteemed agent, Howard Fleischer: www.royaltypros.com.
6.) Ray Thompson: www.smartspyramid.com.
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