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Codex Silenda is a five page book that features five intricate puzzles. The user must solve each page’s puzzle to unlock the next page.
Codex Silenda is a five page book that features five intricate puzzles. The user must solve each page’s puzzle to unlock the next page.
Codex Silenda is a five page book that features five intricate puzzles. The user must solve each page’s puzzle to unlock the next page.
2,527 backers pledged $210,108 to help bring this project to life.

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Codex Silenda: The Book of Puzzles

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ATTENTION ALL POTENTIAL & CURRENT BACKERS

All Tiers will be closed once our Campaign Fund reaches $200,000. This is to help us begin focusing on getting our Campaign rolling and to also help keep ourselves sane when we starting paying the "lovely" Gubbament their taxes...  -_-

However we do have an email waiting list, so sign up today! You can also visit our new website!

Here is the link: https://goo.gl/forms/Q0EaVgUKwXPJGRVa2

Our Website: http://www.codexsilenda.com

I want to address our potential backers, the ones who want an assembled Codex but can't receive one because the Tiers are closed. We really, really wish we could open up more tiers, but it simply isn't possible to do so for the remainder of this campaign. The reason being is because we are such a small team and can only assembly these suckers so fast; not to mention that we will only have one machine and it can only cut so fast. Then there is the fact that this is our very first campaign and from what I've seen, MANY kickstarter campaigns fail because they promised too much and end up failing, which in turn leads to no one getting a reward (sad day). We have limited ourselves to the current number because we want to not only keep ourselves sane but also protect our backers in case something were to go horribly wrong and we'd end up having to refund all of our backers! However, this is not the only chance to get a Codex as once the campaign is finished and every current backer has their reward, we will begin again producing more Codices for all who wish for one.  

I would also highly suggest that you hover around the campaign though and watch those closed tiers. Many times, backers will switch to a different tier or cancel their pledge altogether (reasons unknown) which would open up a slot that you could snatch up then! 

Also make sure to check back right before the Campaign ends because quite a few people will suddenly get cold feet or are trolls and drop out right before the Campaign ends thus opening up the slots that are currently closed. Again I sincerely apologize that there are no more lower tier slots. We did not expect to reach our goal in the first 6 hours, let alone beat all of our stretch goals in 3 days!  

Regards, Brady, Hanna, and Koda

If you have any questions, make sure to check out our FAQ at the bottom of this page which is filled with tons of great information!

 

Codex Silenda is a five page book that features five intricate puzzles. Each page features a unique puzzle that requires the user/reader to unlock the corresponding bolts in order to progress to the next page. 

As the puzzler moves through the book, a story begins to unfold, depicting the story of an apprentice in Da Vinci's Workshop who encounters the same Codex. However in the story the Codex acts as a trap set by Da Vinci to capture any would be spies/snoopy apprentices in order to protect his work. The only way to escape is to solve each of the puzzles before the master returns from his trip. 

Flipping Through the Codex
Flipping Through the Codex

What Inspired The Codex?

The problem with puzzles today is they are either simple and cheap or hand crafted and supremely expensive. Yet once you've solved either type of puzzle, you know the solution and have no desire to ever play with the puzzle again. The Codex addresses this issue of replayability by offering five puzzles in one, an intriguing story that ties everything together and a hidden storage compartment. On top of that, the beautiful design makes it perfect for putting on display in your home!

 

So Tell Us About The Puzzles Themselves!

Mechanical Iris - Page 1
Mechanical Iris - Page 1

The first page is known as the Mechanical Iris, the portal that pulls in the apprentice after he attempts to open the puzzle book. Can you figure what is preventing the Iris from opening too?

 

Rotating Maze - Page 2
Rotating Maze - Page 2

On the second page the user will encounter the Rotating Maze. A central dais and a peg must be used in a unique, dual-like motion in order to traverse the maze; however the catch is that the dais also hides the maze from the user’s view. How can you navigate a maze when you can’t even see where you are going?

 

Geneva Gears - Page 3
Geneva Gears - Page 3

The third page is called Geneva Gears, featuring a Geneva Wheel Mechanism and a series of gears hidden beneath a floor with various channels running throughout it. There are also six wheels which are also attached to gears of their own. The puzzler must place the gears in their respective places in order to unlock the page, but there are more slots than gears, so where do they fit? (Side Note: The final version of this page may feature changes to the design layout)

 

Paradox Sliders - Page 4
Paradox Sliders - Page 4

The fourth page has the unusual name of Paradox Sliders. There are fourteen sliders present and you are told that they all must be properly aligned in their respective positions in order to unlock the holding hooks and releasing the bolts. Guessing could work but that could also take forever, so how do you figure out the order of the sliders? (Side Note: The final version of this page may feature changes to the design layout)

 

Cryptex Lock - Page 5
Cryptex Lock - Page 5

The fifth and final page is all that remains between the apprentice & his freedom and you & your hard-earned reward. The problem is the page is locked with a four rune code in a language unlike any other. What do the runes even mean?

 

Crafted by Lasers, Assembled by Hand

Testing, Testing, Testing
Testing, Testing, Testing

The Codex is only made possible by the advent of laser cutting technology, which allows something as complex as the puzzle book to be made quickly, precisely, and consistently on a large scale. However, we can't make the Codex unless we can get the right kind of machine with the right amount of power and speed to properly produce the Codex so all can enjoy it's mystery and wonder. Once our final testing is finished, we will start assembling and shipping the Codices out immediately. If everything mostly follows our established timeline, our goal is to ship all of our early bird Codices by Christmas. However, this is not a guarantee and should a problem arise, we will immediately update our backers about the exact issue and how we are addressing it. Yet, if we do succeed in getting all early bird codices shipped out, we will then begin immediately assembling and shipping the rest of our rewards on a first come, first serve basis with preference to the higher tier backers.

(NOTE) - Because we are assembling the Codices ourselves and not through an overseas manufacturer, we will have to limit the number of our assembled Codices to a maximum of 400 total so we don't over promise and end up putting ourselves in an early grave ;) However, once all backers have received their Codex we will gladly continue taking orders afterwards and keep producing them for all who wish to have a Codex.

That's where you and all the other Kickstarter backers come in, we need YOUR help to bring this amazing puzzle to life! All funding will go to the purchase and setup of the laser cutter required to produce the Codex and the materials necessary to produce enough Codices for all respective backers. Even greater news is if the campaign is successful, we plan on bringing even more versions of Codices to life, ranging from Demonic/Angelic Tomes to Arcane Texts to Summoner Spellbooks and more!

 

Meet the Team behind the Codex 

(Left to Right) Brady; Koda; Hanna
(Left to Right) Brady; Koda; Hanna

Brady Whitney is the designer of the operation, the mastermind of the Codex. He originally came up with the idea for his senior thesis research project during his final semester at Iowa State University. Having grown up with a childhood filled with imagination, his passion for design has always been focused on the realm of Toys & Games, creating the products and ideas he always wished he had as a kid.

Hanna Humphrey is the brains of the operation, helping to ensure everything is properly prepared and done right. Her extensive knowledge in customer service and various connections in the business world have helped the Codex operation hit the ground running. She also serves as the final checkpoint on all decisions made by the Codex Team.

Koda the Labrador is the heart of the operation, providing the emotional foundation of stability and encouragement to keep the team moving forward. However, everything he does in only in the self-serving nature of receiving pats on the head otherwise known as "loves" since that's all that really matters to a dog after all.

 

The Reward Classes

In exchange for helping support our mission, we are offering various levels (classes) of rewards depending on your level of involvement. Our classes are as follows: 

  • Well-wishers ($ 5 +) - Codex Runic Type Font download
  • Believers ($35+) - T-Shirt & 5 Codex Coasters
  • Benefactors ($55+) - Single Codex Puzzle Page Assembled
  • Pupils ($125+) - The Codex (Not Assembled)
  • EARLY BIRDS - $25-50 off and Receive Your Tier by Christmas!
  • Apprentices ($175+) - The Codex (Assembled/Hidden Prize (HP))
  • Journeymen ($275+) - Personalized Codex + (Assembled/HP)
  • Masters ($450+) - Fully Customized Codex + (Assembled/HP/etc.)
  • Craftsman ($80+) - Codex Laser Cutting Files for Download (Protected by Creative Commons License, See below)

 


Coaster Designs
Coaster Designs

 (Both Coasters and T-Shirts can be selected by stating the name of the design, starting from left to right: Iris, Maze, Geneva, Paradox, Cryptex)

T-Shirt Designs
T-Shirt Designs

Shipping Rules

To be perfectly honest, it is not all cheap or fast to ship internationally with such a big object like the Codex; as far as I can tell, it can be roughly about $100 to ship one Codex! We want everyone to enjoy a Codex but also realize that $100 is ALOT to spend on shipping. We have included an example of how an International backers pledge would add up:

  • Chosen Reward Tier + International Shipping (Australia) = Total Cost
  • Apprentice ($175) + Shipping Cost ($100) = $275 pledge

We will continue researching this issue throughout the campaign in an effort to find ways to help reduce these costs, but wanted to give fair warning to our international backers to help reduce sticker shock.

 

The Stretch Goals

Finally, we are excited to offer Stretch goals which can be unlocked once the funding goal is reached and each successive funding amount is reached. (For further details on each level, scroll past the Stretch Goals)

$40K Level - Once we reach this funding milestone, a new 6th puzzle page can be permanently added to the Codex for a small increase in your existing pledge. Kickstarter Exclusive means that only the backers of the Codex during this campaign will be able to receive this special puzzle as a special thank you for believing in our campaign! (If you choose this upgrade, please make a note of this on your pledge.)

$60K Level - At this level, all respective backers that wish to receive the Single Page Reward Tier will have the option to instead receive a lockable chest featuring the puzzle of their choice as the lid and lock of the box! (If you choose this upgrade, please make a note of this on your pledge.)

$80K Level - For this level, we will offer a new reward tier for the Codex Laser Cutting files to download for $80! For the backers that have pledged more than $80, they will receive the file download for free as part of their current pledge tier. (Only Available to $80+ Level Backers, if you are a higher tier backer, we ask that you not downgrade your pledge as this can cause us to drop below the stretch goal and thus lose this reward for everyone!)

$100K Level - Our biggest goal yet, we will offer a 7th Puzzle page which can be permanently added to the Codex for a small increase to your existing pledge. Kickstarter Exclusive means that only the backers of the Codex during this campaign will be able to receive this special puzzle as a special thank you for believing in our campaign!  (If you choose this upgrade, please make a note of this on your pledge.)

 

Risks and challenges

Right now we only have a proof of concept prototype, where most of the puzzles work seamlessly while one or two require further testing and refinement. However we do not have access to a powerful enough laser cutter, which needs to be capable of cutting 1/4" thick wood accurately and quickly. This in turn will allow us to make a stronger book and use far less material more efficiently. The challenge is to finish final testing and refinement of the Codex by September ideally, November at the latest.

Of course life does not slow down for even the Codex Team and we will be dealing with a move across the nation to Connecticut during August so Brady can begin working at his first real job out of college. Rest assured, we have also included this development in our delivery schedule.

Finally, once we have the manufacturing process nailed down, our next challenge is to immediately start producing and shipping Codices to our early bird backers so they can receive their Codices by Christmas. After that, it will simply be producing and shipping the remaining Codices and reward tiers to all backers hopefully by the end of Spring in 2017.

While we believe we have most of our bases covered, no one can prepare for every contingency (except Batman) and we will keep our backers constantly updated as we progress along this exciting campaign!

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FAQ

  • Yes! Each page will be available for a small added amount to your current pledge, but because we are currently designing them, we are still discussing the cost per page. However we are guessing they will range from $15-30 per page for the physical Codices and somewhere between $5-10 for the Laser Cutting Files.

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  • Sadly no as we are a very small team and are extremely limited in the time necessary to produce the Codices for everyone so we will be limiting the number of Codices available, assembled and non-assembled included.

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  • Yes but only after we have successfully delivered all of our rewards to our backers first. Once that is all settled, we will begin again taking more orders :D

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  • Simple, choose the highest reward tier that you want, then add up all of the pledge amounts from the tiers you want and enter that amount as your pledge. Once the campaign comes to an end, we will be sending out Backer Surveys where you can then tell us which reward tiers you had pledged for!

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  • Yes, we will now be offering each Kickstarter Exclusive Page (so long as it's stretch goal is met) with the full Codex. So instead of five puzzles, you will get six and if we make our last stretch goal, then seven! However, each additional page will require a small increase in pledge per page; but since we are currently in the process of designing and laying them out, we do not have solid figure at this time. However the pages will be somewhere between $15-30, but again this is unconfirmed at this time.

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  • Not really as the Codex is a mechanical puzzle, meaning its mystery and secrets lie within how the page works without you being able to see the inner workings. Assembling it will show you exactly how each page is solved, save for maybe the maze page which is just a tedious and long maze :D. However, the act of assembling the puzzle itself is an entire other beast, perhaps even more difficult than solving the five puzzles which is why we will be providing two sets of manuals. One manual with be step by step instructions on how to assemble the Codex for those who need help or those who simply enjoy building things. The other manual however will only offer hints and clues as to how to assemble the Codex, leaving you to your wits on figuring it out on your own!

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  • Not to worry, at the end of the campaign we will be sending out Backer Surveys which will contain all of the necessary questions and fill-in spaces to give us this information so we can give everyone exactly what they pledged for.

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  • On the back of each page there will be 8” wide x 10” tall space for your text to be laser etched into. Our story currently uses 18 pt font because it allows for a large amount of writing while still remaining legible. However you are more than welcome to increase or decrease the size of your font! Also writing in different languages should not be too much of a barrier but this will require some extra coordinating. This will be addressed later on this month.

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  • Yes! We will now be offering stain options (list of colors to be determined) for all of our Personalized and Custom Codices.

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  • If the Reward tier you pledged for is an assembled Codex, then yes!

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    Codex Runic Typefont

    Codex Well-Wisher Class

    We appreciate all supporters! At the $5 level, you will receive a download link for your very own Codex Runic Type Font. Now you too can type in the language of the Codex and write cool, cryptic letters to your friends and family!

    (Free with any higher class levels)

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    Voucher for 6th & 7th Codex Pages

    NOTE: This is not the pledge amount for the added on pages, it is a placeholder for anyone who wishes to purchase a Codex in the future and still receive the extra pages.

    If you missed out on the Codex Tiers but still want the 6th & 7th Pages, we are now offering Vouchers that would allow you to add these two pages to your future Codex, but this is not a guarantee you will receive a Codex. You are simply pledging for the opportunity to still have access to these Kickstarter Exclusive pages that will not be available in retail once our campaign ends.

    (Add $5 to $55 & $80 tiers for this same Voucher)

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    T-Shirt & 5 Codex Coasters!

    Codex Believer Class

    Our next level of backers will receive a T-shirt of their selected design & size as well as 5 of laser cut coasters, each one based off of one of the 5 puzzle pages found in the Codex!

    (Add $10 USD to any higher class level to receive this reward too!)

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    Single Codex Puzzle Page

    Codex Benefactor Class

    At this level you get to choose one of the 5 puzzle pages and receive that selected page fully assembled. These individual pages are great for wall decor or showing off to your friends and family. Each page will also have a laser etched note of thanks on the back as well as each team member's personal signature!

    Delivery Date will be based on a first come, first serve basis.

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    Codex Laser Files (Download)

    Codex Craftsman Class

    You are a former pupil of Da Vinci and have been entrusted with the blueprints to his latest invention, the Codex! These files will allow the backer to use their own laser cutter to cut out their very own Codex. Now get creative with it!

    All Higher Tiers will receive a copy of these files for free if they wish to have them.

    *Disclaimer - These files are licensed under Creative Commons, which means it can not be used for Commercial Purposes. The Codex is also protected with a Utility Patent.

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    The Codex (Not Assembled)

    Codex Pupil Class

    This class will receive the entire codex in it's template form. Perfect for model builders who also love a challenge, you will receive two sets of instructions. One set will only give you hints as to how to assemble the Codex, whereas the other gives you step-by-step instructions in case you get stuck.

    (Fair warning) Building the Codex yourself will make some of the puzzle pages too easy to solve since you will see the underlying mechanics. However there are still two pages that you'll have to figure out on your own! Great choice if you want to gift the Codex to someone while saving the fun of assembly for yourself ;)

    Delivery Date will vary as Codices will be produced on a first come, first serve basis

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    Codex (Non-Assembled - August 2017)

    Codex Pupil Class

    This class will receive the entire codex in it's template form. Perfect for model builders who also love a challenge, you will receive two sets of instructions. One set will only give you hints as to how to assemble the Codex, whereas the other gives you step-by-step instructions in case you get stuck.

    (Fair warning) Building the Codex yourself will make some of the puzzle pages too easy to solve since you will see the underlying mechanics. However there are still two pages that you'll have to figure out on your own! Great choice if you want to gift the Codex to someone while saving the fun of assembly for yourself ;)

    Delivery Date will vary as Codices will be produced on a first come, first serve basis

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    EARLY BIRD - The Codex (Assembled)

    Codex Apprentice Class

    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL - Receive your Codex before Christmas!!

    HALT! Only the worthy may donate at this level! You will receive the complete, fully assembled Codex in all of it's glory and magic. There will be no cheat sheets, this is a puzzle and it's mysteries can only be uncovered by those worthy of seeing beyond the enigma. The Apprentice Class will also receive a unique reward and surprise hidden within the Codex. Are you worthy of the master's tutelage or will you remain trapped for eternity?

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    INTERNATIONAL ONLY - $150 Codex

    (EARLY BIRD INTERNATIONAL BACKERS ONLY)
    Non-USA, if you are USA based and pledge here, you will not receive a Codex.

    Codex Apprentice Class

    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL - Receive your Codex before Christmas!!

    HALT! Only the worthy may donate at this level! You will receive the complete, fully assembled Codex in all of it's glory and magic. There will be no cheat sheets, this is a puzzle and it's mysteries can only be uncovered by those worthy of seeing beyond the enigma. The Apprentice Class will also receive a unique reward and surprise hidden within the Codex. Are you worthy of the master's tutelage or will you remain trapped for eternity?

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    The Codex (Assembled)

    Codex Apprentice Class

    HALT! Only the worthy may donate at this level! You will receive the complete, fully assembled Codex in all of it's glory and magic. There will be no cheat sheets, this is a puzzle and it's mysteries can only be uncovered by those worthy of seeing beyond the enigma. The Apprentice Class will also receive a unique reward and surprise hidden within the Codex. Are you worthy of the master's tutelage or will you remain trapped for eternity?

    Delivery Date will vary as Codices will be produced on a first come, first serve basis

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    EARLY BIRD - Personalized Codex

    Codex Journeyman Class

    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL - Receive your Codex before Christmas!!

    HALT! Are you positive you are worthy of the Codex? If so, you will receive the fully assembled Codex except YOU can determine the story to be etched on the back of each page, perhaps how you met your significant other or your own grand adventure? There will still be the special reward & surprise hidden within the Codex as well! You will also be one of the first to receive your Codex!

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    Personalized Codex

    Codex Journeyman Class

    HALT! Are you positive you are worthy of the Codex? If so, you will receive the fully assembled Codex except YOU can determine the story to be etched on the back of each page, perhaps how you met your significant other or your own grand adventure? There will still be the special reward & surprise hidden within the Codex as well! You will also be one of the first to receive your Codex!

    Stain Options will also be included in both this Tier and the Early Bird Tier.

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    EARLY BIRD - Fully Customized Codex

    Codex Master Class

    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL - Receive your Codex before Christmas!!

    HALT! You are not worthy to donate at this level! Not only will you receive a fully assembled Codex, you can customize the wood used in it's construction & how it is stained/colored, have your own personal story or note written on the back of the pages, and receive all backer levels under $35 for free! There will still be the special reward & surprise hidden within the Codex. You will also receive a personalized, laser etched note from the Codex Team. And finally you will be one of the first to receive your Codex!

    Wood Choices - Birch, Walnut, Red/White Oak, Cherry, Pine, Hickory - (Options will vary depending on Supplier)

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Funding period

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