New artwork, hints, and the Gamesmaster badge
Pete has graciously shared three more pieces in progress for The Maze of Games, which he dubs "The Ladies(?) of the Labyrinth." These aren't final. Forthwith, here are The Orc Scouts Den Mother, The Sphinx, and the Vampire.
Open up the hint line
Starting at the 24-hours-to-go mark (2 pm PST), we're opening up a hint line for all the puzzles in this campaign. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (you might want to do this first) with your requests, and a puzzle ninja will get back to you as soon as she can.*
Also, this is a grand time to announce the inclusion of Tanis O'Connor as the book's editor. Tanis is a longtime staffer and editor on Lone Shark's puzzle projects, and most recently has been an editor for Dungeons & Dragons and a developer for Lone Shark's upcoming Pathfinder Adventure Card Game. She will bring a deft touch to The Maze of Games.
The Maze of Games Kickstarter Metapuzzle
Now that you're on your way to gaining all those badges, we're announcing our final badge, the Gamesmaster badge. That is gotten by placing your answers in some order in the following blanks, as modeled at the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament by Mike and Conundrucopia authors Patrick Blindauer, Brendan Emmett Quigley, Will Shortz, Eric Berlin, Deb Amlen, Francis Heaney, and Tyler Hinman.
The shaded squares will get you a phrase that will help you get the answer, but that phrase is not the answer. The answer is what we hope we've gotten you into over the last 44 days. Type that single word into the puzzazz.com/mazeofgames site and you'll get the Gamesmaster badge.
We hope you like the puzzles we've sent your way. And of course, thanks for the monumental support.
Mike and the Sharks
*And yes, we were completely unaware that our company name rot13ed to a phrase with the words "Bar fun" in it. At least, that's how we're reading it.