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An interactive puzzle novel written by Mike Selinker, with enchanting illustrations by Pete Venters.
An interactive puzzle novel written by Mike Selinker, with enchanting illustrations by Pete Venters.
An interactive puzzle novel written by Mike Selinker, with enchanting illustrations by Pete Venters.
2,630 backers pledged $171,146 to help bring this project to life.

The Theseus Guide to the Final Maze is ready for you


Right now, you can buy The Theseus Guide to the Final Maze, our new chapbook for our interactive puzzle novel The Maze of Games. Yes, right now. We only made a small print run, so if you want it, hop to it.

The new chapter takes place inside the final chapter of the original book. The characters Colleen and Sam are getting ready to deal with the Gatekeeper’s final challenge. There’s no guarantee they’ll make it back to Upper Wolverhampton alive unless you get them out. 

So why did we make a book-inside-a-book? First, we love The Maze of Games world, and going back to write text and puzzles for it was a blast. Second, there’s the small matter that no one has solved The Maze of Games’s final maze. Or if they have, they haven’t told us. And we want people to solve it. So we made a hint book that we think you’ll love reading and solving. The whole team is back: author Mike Selinker, developer Gaby Weidling, artist Pete Venters, editor Tanis O'Connor, and graphic designer Elisa Teague. Check out that hot new cover by Pete and Elisa!

The book is $14.95. If you’re going to Emerald City Comicon this weekend, you can buy it in person at the Lone Shark booth (#204). Otherwise, you can have it sent to you from our Penny Arcade store site. If you act now, you can get both The Maze of Games hardback and the Theseus Guide for $59.95.

If you purchased the $15 tier of last summer’s Humble Puzzle Bundle, your download page automatically will update to include the PDF of the book. Otherwise, if you want a PDF, simply purchase the physical book from our Penny Arcade store and you’ll get instructions on how to get a PDF. 

We hope you enjoy the Theseus Guide

The Sharks

The Theseus Guide goes to layout


We've just about finished the writing, puzzle design, development, and editing on the new Theseus Guide to the Final Maze, our upcoming hint book for The Maze of Games's stubbornly unsolved final puzzles. I had a great time writing in the world of Sam and Colleen again, and Gaby and I enjoyed coming up with ways to clue the final answers without being too sledgehammery. 

Now that Tanis is finishing up with editing, Elisa can get started on the layout. She's got some interesting ideas which will fit in nicely with the original book. And Pete's doing a brand new cover image, which makes us quite happy. We're confident that the result will be a little book we're proud to put right beside The Maze of Games.

Which is what we're going to do! We originally expected to make just a PDF tied in with the Humble Puzzle Bundle, but we like the end result so much that we've decided to do a limited run of 1,000 printed copies. It will be a half-size book with a cover and 16 pages of interiors. Plus everyone who orders one will get a free PDF. When they're ready, we'll let you know and you can order one if you like.

We're probably not getting this out in December, but we feel real good about January. So here's the deal: If you want to solve the final puzzle in The Maze of Games before anyone gets the hint book, I suggest reserving a little holiday time. Get some eggnog, put on Mel Torme, and get solving by menorahlight pronto. Because in the new year, a little book with some big hints will be coming out. 

Thanks for supporting The Maze of Games!

Mike and the Sharks

An update on the Humble Puzzle Bundle featuring The Maze of Games


Hey everyone, the Humble Puzzle Bundle is doing great! People are excited about solving puzzles and helping charities. If you haven't jumped on board, you can read this series of spotlight pieces for some good reasons:

If you haven't heard of the latter, it's all the novel text read by our pal Wil Wheaton in 70 different voices. You also get a soundtrack album and a mini-album of themes by celebrated composer Austin Wintory. Plus, we included another mini-album of vocal songs from the book by geek-rock stars Marian Call, Kirby Krackle, and Paul & Storm.

Again, this is all available only for another six days, and then it'll be gone forever. If you'd like to get a million puzzles, many of which have never been in books before, we encourage you to hop over to Humble Bundle right away!

Gen Con plans

If you're coming to Gen Con, you can get your Maze of Games signed by most of the team, or pick up a new copy, at the Lone Shark Games headquarters at booth 2847. You can also see our upcoming games Apocrypha, Thornwatch, The Ninth World, and Sausage Party, as well as play our Gen Con Puzzle Hunt. We'd love to see you there!

Mike and the Sharks

A Lone Shark Humble Puzzle Bundle featuring the brand new Theseus Guide to the Final Maze


Hey Maze fans! We just launched this: The Humble Puzzle Bundle. You can click that link right now and get it.

In case that’s a new thing for you, a Humble Bundle is a pay-what-you-want collection of games or books that you will never, ever, ever get for that price again. Like, you could only pay a dollar if you want. No, really, it’s an insane deal, and it only lasts two weeks. But that’s not the only cool part. A whole bunch of each person’s contribution goes to charity. So that’s your incentive to pay more than a dollar. Maybe a lot more.

In our case, we wanted to raise money in part for Worldbuilders, the It Gets Better Project, and Child’s Play. Those are really fantastic charities, and so we needed the best excuse for you to throw your money at us. We started by throwing in a PDF of our popular puzzle novel The Maze of Games, and made the hardback available at a temporarily reduced price. Then we added a truckload of new content from us like a Crosswords of Wisdom collection and the Killer Cryptics book (which you’ll also get free in Puzzazz). Then we got our Conundrucopia authors to contribute PDFs of their own books. Crossword gods like Brendan Emmett Quigley and Francis Heaney and Matt Jones joined with logic masters like Pavel Curtis and Thomas “Dr. Sudoku” Snyder. And we got all the Puzzle Patricks: Patrick Berry, Patrick Blindauer, and Patrick Merrell. Many of these folks contributed books that have never been seen before. You will never see this stuff in one place again, I promise.

And hey, just in case that’s not a sweet enough deal for you, we’re making this:


Yes, that is a BRAND NEW MAZE OF GAMES BOOK. No one has yet alerted us to the fact that they’ve solved the final maze in The Maze of Games. That’s a real shame, because it’s a great final puzzle. So we decided to ask you to help us develop this book, and raise money for our favorite causes at the same time. For every $20,000 our Humble Puzzle Bundle raises, we’ll add a bonus hint puzzle to this book. The more you guys contribute, the cooler it’ll be when we put out the PDF in October. And maybe someone out there will crack that final maze.

If you’re a puzzle fan, we can’t imagine coming up with a more attractive opportunity for you. But you don’t have much time. In fact, you have from right now till August 3. Please share this with everyone, then go puzzle your brain!

Mike and the Sharks

what's up with the Maze of Games Second Edition


The Maze of Games Second Edition is finally in our warehouse. We ran out of first editions late last year, but a whole bunch more showed up a couple days ago. We call this the second edition, because we took this opportunity to clean up a few things.

Other than minor changes in the indicia, credits, and backer lists, here are all the things that changed in the book. 

  • How to Use This Book • Changed "The Quest Begins" to "the Prologue".
  • 8 of Diamonds • In clue 5, changed "total." to "total, but not both."
  • 4 of Clubs • In 5th limerick, added a space after the apostrophe in the blanks.
  • 8 of Clubs • In paragraph 5 of the novel text, changed "man man" to "man".
  • 5 of Hearts • Changed clue 14 to AHEEMTRISATIONAEW.
  • 6 of Spades • Unindented paragraph 1 of the novel text.
  • 9 of Spades • In Euterpe's grid, deleted the line separating the 4th letter of the 6-letter word from the 7th letter of the 7-letter word below it. 
  • Conundrucopia: alfie at the zoo • In the 3rd couplet on the right, replaced the "s" with a space.

You can order the second edition right now on our Penny Arcade store. The Gatekeeper would want you to.

Hey, speaking of the Gatekeeper

What if he were in color, courtesy of Pete Venters? He'd look like this.

That's what happens when you say to Pete Venters, "Hey, we're making a horror game called the Apocrypha Adventure Card Game. Got any ideas for villains?"

FYI, you can click that link and pre-order Apocrypha if you like to actually play the Gatekeeper in a game of ours.

Last chance to back The Ninth World

Our Kickstarter campaign for The Ninth World: A Skillbuilding Game for Numenera ends in 48 hours, at 5 PM PST on Friday. So if you'd like a copy and all the crazy stuff we've unlocked, jump on it. Because it's a billion years in the future and you know you want to play this guy:

So time travel with us if you'd like. We'd love to have you.

Thanks for supporting The Maze of Games!

Mike and the Sharks