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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.

Backers of the week

I'll get to all the big news from yesterday in a second, but first, I wanted to share with you our favorite backers from yesterday. Here's a letter from Field Operation Technician Ryan McRae, currently serving in Jalalabad, Afghanistan:

Dear Mike,

I was stumbling through Kickstarter and found your project. We met back in 1991 at Gen Con during the D&D Game Open—over 20 years later, while working Afghanistan, you challenged me and my friend Dave to more puzzles! We sat in our tent and went over the poem. . . my buddy Dave yelled out the answer to the fourth stanza. We were hooked! It was on! We went over the website, the videos (which was a challenge to overcome due to our limited bandwidth!) and scratched our heads. Two hours went by and we ticked off 1-8. Then, with the key, we entered the last puzzle! We high-fived and laughed about how fun that was.

Mike, for a couple of hours, you allowed Dave and I to escape Afghanistan for a bit, scour our brains and solve a great puzzle. That's quite an achievement. We wish you well and look forward to getting your book! This is a GREAT Kickstarter!

Sincerely, Ryan McRae and Dave O'Connor

Yeah, that just about made our month. Thanks, guys!

News and mentions

We got a lot of great exposure in the last 24 hours. First, there was the appearance in Kickstarter's Projects We Love newsletter. Then Deb Amlen at the New York Times site wrote about The Maze of Games on the Wordplay blog. Today, I awoke to discover we were in the Kickstarter Tumblr. We're all excited that our book of puzzles got such a wide reaction.

The flood of support allowed us to do some things we wanted to do right away. First, we were able to lower the costs of all our art prints. Second, we unlocked quite a few famous puzzlemakers for the Conundrucopia, and even recruited some new ones. The Gatekeeper's Limited Edition sold out as well.

We have more great things coming along the way. Please stay tuned.

Maze of Games Kickstarter Update Puzzle #2

Your journey continues! Here is the next part of your adventure through the maze. 

2. With nothing else to do, you head off. The floo1 2 1notted with stumps and swampy puddles.

As always, when you have an answer, go to Type in the puzzle's number and your answer, in that order. If you are correct, you will get a piece of a maze which you can assemble to help you find your way out! You can find all previous update puzzles at the @MazeofGames Twitter feed.

Thanks for playing, and for all your support. We really appreciate it.

Mike and the Sharks


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    1. Ryan McRae on February 3, 2013

      Sorry—I should have been more clear with Mike. Dave and I are contractors—but we have the honor of working with soldiers.

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      Rubrick on February 3, 2013

      C'mon, surely after I entered it for the sixth or seventh time without the number, it should have cut me some slack?

    3. Ken Davis on February 2, 2013

      Pavel, it worked fine for me. remember you have to enter it as
      2 ANSWER.
      It wont accept the ANSWER without the prefixed number

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      Adam M
      on February 2, 2013

      Jane, surveys normally come once a Kickstarter has finished. Maybe send a message to Lone Shark Games just in case though.

    5. Pavel's Puzzles on February 2, 2013

      I had the same difficulty as Rubrick, for the very reason that mygrane surmised... :-/

    6. Lone Shark Games 5-time creator
      on February 2, 2013

      Rubrick: It's working for us. Please let us know if you continue to experience problems of this sort.

    7. mygrane on February 2, 2013

      Rubrick: make sure you're following instructions, and putting the puzzle number first as described in the first update puzzle?

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      Rubrick on February 1, 2013

      In case my inside joke overshadowed my actual point: I'm still finding that the *real* right answer is being rejected. Is it just me?

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      Sean Gugler on February 1, 2013

      Hmm, stumpers and swanky puzzles, eh? An omen of most excellent journeying ahead.

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      Jane Anne Stadler on February 1, 2013

      Got your Email. Congratulations on your success. Saw the Limited Editions were sold out. With my $875. pledge I was supposed to get a survey so I could select the Gatekeepers Signed Limited Edition. Is that still going to happen? Thanks.
      Jane Anne Stadler

    11. Lone Shark Games 5-time creator
      on February 1, 2013

      Rubrick: Why, I oughta.

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      Rubrick on February 1, 2013

      The solution entry page is currently not accepting what I'm pretty darn sure is the right answer to Update Puzzle #2 (it's LADYBUG, right?)

    13. Iuri Bachnivsky on February 1, 2013

      Thank you Ryan for serving our country.