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

Posted by Lone Shark Games (Creator)
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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:

Whoa.
Whoa.

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

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      AJ Harris on

      Thanks! That worked...definitely glazed over that as I was hunting. Haha are ALL the puzzles that hard?! =P

    2. Lone Shark Games 5-time creator
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      If you bought it in the bundle, look on the second page of the PDF to see about redeeming it in Puzzazz.

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      AJ Harris on

      Wait, so how do I get Killer Cryptics to transfer over into Puzzazz?

    4. Alan To on

      Thanks Renate and LSG!
      I've snapped this one up now (somehow missed out, forgot or never knew about the Hubris Bundle).
      I've also realised that there is some kind of annotation feature on Adobe Acrobat for Android users too. I'll try it out on all of these new puzzle pdfs!
      -- Thanks =)
      xoAlto

    5. Lone Shark Games 5-time creator
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      Alan: You will probably love Killer Cryptics and The Crypt, and might be baffled by Alt-X. Overall, I expect you'll like most of it.

    6. Renate Cloake
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      @ Alan To: US crossword puzzles are different to UK ones, but I find that because every letter is clued twice, you can normally work out the answers to US clues that reference unfamiliar US culture, unlike the situation in UK crosswords where an 8 letter word may only cross with 3 or 4 other clues. As with all crosswords, there is a language and a style to be learned, but I don't find US crosswords to be prohibitively foreign.
      The main differences are that US puzzles hate the letter U, don't like stating the number of letters a clue has and frequently answers are multi word phrases or sentences. :)

    7. Alan To on

      (1) How relevant (cultural or otherwise) or easy to solve are the crossword related puzzles in this Humble Bundle, from a UK perspective? I am aware that clues and maybe even grid designs differ in the US vs. UK and, at the moment, this is really the main thing from me going all-in on the wonderful bundle.

      (2) Ps. This "WritePDF" sounds interesting; something I might turn to for my Maze of Games book! Is there a similar recommended app for Android users?

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      Ophryon
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      Great, thanks!

    9. Lone Shark Games 5-time creator
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      Ophryon: What you want is an app with the annotating feature (e.g., WritePDF). That allows you to make notes in boxes of your own creation. Pretty easy to just draw a transparent box over a crossword or sudoku grid and fill it in.

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      Ophryon
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      What an awesome and generous bundle! Thank you. I'm in for the whole thing.

      This might be a silly question but are there any apps that would make it possible to "write" in the PDFs on an iPad? I got totally spoiled playing Maze of Games in Puzzazz.

    11. Lone Shark Games 5-time creator
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      We really, really, really, really like Humble Bundle.

    12. John Evans on

      It looks interesting, it's just too bad you had to involve the Hubris Bundle...

    13. Michael
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      I kicked in for the whole bundle! Thanks!

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      Peter Schott
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      This looks like a lot of fun. Jumping on it shortly. :)