I want to make an awesome book of logic puzzles themed after the paranormal.
Hi, I'm Dave. I wear a panda hat and make puzzles.
I've always loved puzzles ever since I was a kid. I started out making puzzles myself when I was a wee lad, doodling mazes on the backs of Michigan lottery betting forms in the back room of the 7-Eleven where my mother worked. Around the end of high school, inspired and cheered on by my computer programming teacher, I took it to a new level and started blogging my logic story problems and numerical logic puzzles at http://thegriddle.net and share them with the world. Now I want to take my puzzle work a step further.
Paranormal Puzzle Pack
Some popular puzzle types I've posted to my blog include fence-building mashup "Area 51" and character-deducing "Haunted Mirror Mazes". I want to combine my love of all things weird and paranormal with my love of puzzles and make a book featuring these two types as well as other paranormal-themed puzzles.
Stats: I'd like to do a 5.5x8.5 inch book that's about 100 pages in length, with a few tutorials to jumpstart newbies, a whole mess of puzzles, and a few pages of answer keys at the end. I think wire binding would be a nice touch too, since as a puzzle fan myself, I also know the horrors of trying to crush a puzzle book's spine into submission for easier access.
Costs: The minimum run for this project is 500 books, and comes in at about $1500 to produce and ship to me. From that point, there are some added costs related to shipping the books and other rewards to all of the backers. I've tried to keep the prices easy to handle since the economy isn't great, but every little bit does help. The book will be available to backers at the $5 as a PDF, so you can help fund the print edition and try the puzzles, even on a tight budget.
Donating Books: Some of my friends through the math and puzzle community work with younger students. If you pledge at a high enough level to get 2+ books but don't want the extra copy for yourself, let me know and I'll find them a good home.
Why? It's partially an ego thing - I love seeing my puzzles in print! But I also want to do this project for a combination of other reasons. It's some mish-mosh of living the American dream, getting something besides sudoku out to a wider audience, and realizing my own potential as a creative person... not to mention the extra income from selling the leftover copies from the first print run will help me buy more puzzle creation supplies like grid paper and pens.
The Puzzles: You can check out previously posted puzzles of the types I plan to include at The Griddle by following these links:
$2250: At this amount, I should be able to purchase an ISBN number to include on the book. It adds a sense of legitimacy to it and enables it to have a wider reach.
$3750: At this amount, I may be able to make a larger edition of the book on glorious 8.5x11 inch paper, effectively doubling the room for content.
I'm pledging for a custom puzzle (and a holiday puzzle (and 12 months of postcards)). How will those be delivered?
The first custom puzzle will be mailed along with your print copy of the book, and I will retain a scan of it to post on The Griddle as well.
The holiday puzzle will come on a 4x6 postcard mailed to you, as will the 12 monthly puzzle postcards, if you pledged high enough to obtain those rewards. Again, I will retain scans of those to post on The Griddle. If I post those puzzles, they will likely be redrawn cleanly instead of posted as-is, and will not feature any personally identifiable information. Depending on how I post the puzzles, I may also link them to your account on The Griddle, if you have one.
The e-mail thank-you note will contain the PDF as an attachment. I will also have the PDF available as a download from The Griddle through your account tied to that e-mail address.
The PDF e-book and any remaining paperback copies will eventually be available through the book's page on The Griddle, but the first priority is getting copies to the backers.