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Puzzles that baffle the mind and dazzle the eye. Designed by hand, cut from wood, acrylic, and felt. Because puzzles deserve better.
Puzzles that baffle the mind and dazzle the eye. Designed by hand, cut from wood, acrylic, and felt. Because puzzles deserve better.
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    1. Caroline Kerstens on

      My puzzles arrived! :D Thanks so much, they look awesome!

    2. Caroline Kerstens on

      *happy dance*
      Too bad we missed the Lucharan stretch goal by a hair. But I'm looking forward to the riddles for the other ones :)

    3. Rachel Happen Creator on

      @RiTides

      Thanks! Yes I'm aiming to update once a week, but if I don't have anything big to share I'll fall back on every 2 weeks as a minimum. :) I look forward to sharing my progress!

    4. 3rd Dimension Gear (3DG)
      Superbacker
      on

      Congratulations! The update looks good. Will you plan to do updates every 2 weeks or so ad you fulfill the campaign? I'd love to see / track the progress of it =)

    5. Rachel Happen Creator on

      Funded!! Thank you everyone! I've got a formal update with lots of details coming soon! :D

    6. Paola Kathuria on

      Congratulations! Awesome project.

    7. Angelica on

      Oh wow! I am so happy we unlocked the Biurko stretch goal!

    8. Rachel Happen Creator on

      Indeed! In fact we've unlocked the first Lucharán stretch goal too! Thanks to backers counted in other pledge tiers who backed extra for that puzzle. So many stretch goal puzzles on the way! :) Thanks guys!!

    9. Caroline Kerstens on

      Guys, I think we've reached the Ozuzo, Biurko and 2nd Cirkusu stretch goal. :3 Can't wait for the riddles!

    10. Karen Brigitta Goetz
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      on

      Soon after this project hit the funding I discovered this project that really deservers our attention as well (and will make excellent puzzling and brain-relaxing abience as well). By the way, these guys are special nice (as Rachel has shown to be):
      https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/arstidir/arstiir-music-from-the-heart-of-iceland-our-third
      Teey even have a link to FREE download a live session in one of our most famous cathedrals in Germany (to be found in the comments).

    11. 3rd Dimension Gear (3DG)
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      on

      Congrats! With time to spare =)

    12. Rachel Happen Creator on

      Thank you everyone!!!!! We're funded!! :D

    13. Keith McNeil
      Superbacker
      on

      Yay, congrats on funding!

    14. Karen Brigitta Goetz
      Superbacker
      on

      [Snoopydance] Congrats Rachel!

    15. Caroline Kerstens on

      What's this? Do I see 12k? Party time, excellent! :D

    16. Karen Brigitta Goetz
      Superbacker
      on

      Ooh, I love getting up, always such nice surprises... come on, someone get the remaining measely few bucks we need :-)

    17. Rachel Happen Creator on

      @Caroline Kerstens

      Yes!!! La Plage stretch goal unlocked!! I'll have a stretch goal puzzle up after the campaign ends! Exciting! :D Harder riddle here we come!

    18. Caroline Kerstens on

      ... oh wait, 30 backers. La Plage stretch goal is unlocked!

    19. Caroline Kerstens on

      La Plage and Lucharan stretch goals are unlocked and just 180$ to go! *happy dance*

    20. Rachel Happen Creator on

      @RiTides

      Closer and closer! Thanks for being just as excited about crossing the finish line as I am. :)

    21. 3rd Dimension Gear (3DG)
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      on

      A measly $374 away now!

    22. Rachel Happen Creator on

      @Caroline Kerstens

      Yes, we're close though!! The Lucharán stretch goal takes a few more backers, but it's worth it. :) I hope we can unlock it!

      The harder riddles come in addition! So you can start with the harder riddle and use the standard one as a "hint" if you get stuck. Thanks for asking! That's good to clarify. :)

    23. Caroline Kerstens on

      Oh and a question: are the harder riddles in the stretch goals something that comes extra on top of the "simple" riddle so that you've got two riddles to solve, or do they replace the original riddle?

    24. Caroline Kerstens on

      I almost thought we hit the Lucharan stretch goal, but then I remembered it needs 30 backers instead of 25. :( Only 750$ to go!

    25. Rachel Happen Creator on

      @Caroline Kerstens

      Yes, exciting! We're closing in on the funding goal! I have a couple of post-KS puzzle designs that are mostly finished, but they have some complex elements I need to perfect with my own laser. :) Then I have a whole notebook full of notes and book titles and sketches of future puzzles! After I've completed the KS fulfillment, I hope to get to work on those in earnest. :)

    26. Caroline Kerstens on

      One week to go! Can't wait to see this funded :) Do you already have other designs to release after the KS campaign?

    27. Rachel Happen Creator on

      @Karen Brigitta Goetz

      Wonderful, thank you for that!! Yes we've just got the last 20% to close out now. :) I'll definitely reach out to them.

    28. Karen Brigitta Goetz
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      on

      Forgot to mention that I did it because at least two of the authors are into puzzles and boardgames, so even though the site is about video games they feature well designed non-computer stuff as well. Sitting in the UK by the way, maybe you should contact them Rachel to give a feature on the main site?

    29. Karen Brigitta Goetz
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      on

      Hi, just spread the word on Rock-Paper-Shotgun Forum, I hope it works...
      It only takes another 2K that should be possible!

    30. Rachel Happen Creator on

      @Caroline Kerstens

      Good! Yes, we've got a bunch of stretch goal puzzles on the horizon :) I'm already working on the video puzzles!

    31. Caroline Kerstens on

      Oh no, you were plenty early :) I just realized we're only 5 backers away from the La Plage, Ozuzo and Lucharan stretch goals!

    32. Rachel Happen Creator on

      @Caroline Kerstens

      I hope I didn't keep you up too late! :) Enjoy the puzzle!!

    33. Caroline Kerstens on

      Exciting indeed, it's down to 2,535 now :D Please do upload the riddle soon, I'll stay up late if it means not missing out on the puzzle!

    34. Rachel Happen Creator on

      Exciting!! Yes the first Cirkusu stretch goal has been unlocked! I am editing it together now. Hopefully I can publish it while my EU backers are still awake! :)

    35. Caroline Kerstens on

      Time to solve a riddle!

    36. Karen Brigitta Goetz
      Superbacker
      on

      Playing pieces, here we are! [Happy dance]

    37. Caroline Kerstens on

      Wooo, only $3,050 to go! :D

    38. Karen Brigitta Goetz
      Superbacker
      on

      Wonderful to hear that Cloud Cap was a treat. Now, dear fellows, onwards backwards! Make our puzzles happen!

    39. 3rd Dimension Gear (3DG)
      Superbacker
      on

      Happy Easter everyone!
      This is over 2/3 of the way to funding, with 2 weeks to go =). Just needs a little more push!

    40. Caroline Kerstens on

      Woohoo! And I just saw we only need 3 more Cirkusu backers to get the first stretch goal!

    41. Rachel Happen Creator on

      @Caroline Kerstens

      Yes, exactly right!! It is Krystyna Skarbek, also known as Christine Granville! You did such a beautiful job piecing together all of the clues! I love her life story and all of her unbelievable exploits. :)

      Well done!! The set of Code Breakers is yours! I'll message you with details.

    42. Caroline Kerstens on

      Hey, I was wondering if the puzzle you hid in the Puzzlenation interview has already been solved. If not, I think I have the answer!

      Clues:
      - a "clever British spy" (female)
      - translating Polish sayings
      - French public transport
      - navigating into new waters

      There was a woman of Polish nobility who worked as a spy for the British SOE during WWII, which combines the first two clues. She outwitted the German Gestapo on various occasions and even tricked a Gestapo officer into carrying her package of illicit documents into Poland by making him believe it was a bag of black-market tea for her mother.
      (You could link French public transport to her as well: the most famous public transport system in France is the Métropolitain or subway, which is an underground network. She, as a spy, was also part of an underground network, and she also operated in France.)
      Her whole life was a series of "navigating new waters":
      - from Polish nobility to adventurous spy
      - she had a "varied" love life
      - She ski'd into occupied Poland with British propaganda, so if snow counts as water, this would work :)
      - After the war, she worked as a cruise ship stewardess and literally navigated new waters.

      So, is the answer to the hidden riddle Christine Granville? Or am I thinking in the wrong direction?

    43. Rachel Happen Creator on

      @Karen Brigitta Goetz

      Oh, interesting! Yes I thought the complexity of the English riddles might be a question for non-native speakers. There are some riddles that use cultural references or specific wording, but these language-based clues are never essential to solving the puzzle. For example, if you can pick up on 1 of 3 word-play clues, that gives you enough information to solve.

      I would love to produce version of the puzzles in other languages! This is already on my post-campaign to do list. :)

      (Thank you for helping spread the word! I really appreciate that. :)

    44. Karen Brigitta Goetz
      Superbacker
      on

      I can confirm that the search for "puzzle" works. But yesterday there was a huge lag in Kickstarter (I watched another project during the last hour) , maybe that's what interfered...
      My problem with spreading the word (and I did already) there are not so many people in the forums I use that feel proficient enough in english to handle the riddles maybe...?

    45. Rachel Happen Creator on

      Yay! :) Ah, you guys are so sweet to help get the word out! I try to do a bit of media outreach every day, so if you know of any blogs that may be interested, please let me know!

      Oh my, what could be going on with the search? The project comes up when I search for "puzzle"; what does it look like for others? I wonder if it is filtering strangely.

      Also, we just reached 30 Code Breakers backers! I will be posting the new stretch goal puzzle shortly!

      Thanks everyone!

    46. Caroline Kerstens on

      Wooo, we passed $7k! :D I won't be sleeping well until this gets funded!

      About word getting out: I'm not sure, really. :/ I'll post a link in a gaming forum I visit, maybe someone will be interested. Would it help if the word "puzzle" would be in the project title? I tried searching for the word "puzzle" yesterday and Baffledazzle didn't show up, so I think the search function is limited to words appearing in the title.

    47. 3rd Dimension Gear (3DG)
      Superbacker
      on

      We're just $37 short of being at 7k out of 12k needed, with 18 days to go. Not bad, hopefully word gets out about this campaign. I'm not really sure where it could get covered, do you puzzle heads post on forums much? Genuinely asking, this is a bit out of the norm for what I usually back :)

    48. Rachel Happen Creator on

      @Caroline Kerstens:

      Oh good!! Yes I have a few surprises and extras that aren't shown in the product photos! :)

      I really like that idea for custom Code Breakers color combinations! I don't think that would be too logistically tricky, so I will try to offer that option in the final survey! I will work on the details, but I believe I can let backers choose any 4 of the 6 materials I am using for Code Breakers. Good idea!

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