The long-awaited return of Puzzlecraft containing a new Maze of Games adventure
For years we’ve been asked, when is our puzzlemaking book Puzzlecraftcoming back? We’re pleased to announce the answer to that is right now—right this very second. And it's coming... Read more
The Maze of Games Escape Room opens previews at PAX
Hey, Maze of Games fans! We've got a big announcement for you. A few years back, we ran a Kickstarter campaign for the Maze of Games audiobook narrated by Wil... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more
An update on the Humble Puzzle Bundle featuring The Maze of Games
Hey everyone, the Humble Puzzle Bundleis doing great! People are excited about solving puzzles and helping charities. If you haven't jumped on board, you can read this series of... Read more
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,... Read more
what's up with the Maze of Games Second Edition
The Maze of Games Second Editionis finally in our warehouse. We ran out of first editions late last year, but a whole bunch more showed up a couple days... Read more
last chance for a 1st edition, plus a new game from Lone Shark
We have only a handful of first editions left, so if you want a signed and reversed-numbered one for a Christmas gift or to put on your shelf, you need... Read more
The Very Last 100 Maze of Games 1st Editions
We just discovered we have exactly 100 Maze of Games 1st Editions left in our warehouse. So given that it's Cyberman-Day, we thought we'd do something special with them.
So... Read more
Unspeakable Words returns
Hi folks! We're brewing up some new Maze of Games puzzle projects in 2015, but before we do, here's something we're really excited about.
If you haven't played our puzzle... Read more
Big news on the Maze of Games ebook and audiobook
We have news that we're very happy to share with you. It comes in two parts.
The audiobook is available to everyone
As of today, The Maze of Gamesaudiobook... Read more
Austin Wintory's score is now available!
Austin Wintory's orchestral score for The Maze of Games is now available at Austin's Bandcamp site. If you're a backer who sponsored the score, you should have received a... Read more
48 hours to go: Might I interest you in an audio treasure trove?
We've had great response for The Maze of Games audiobook collection, which has grown to include even more great audio material. We're very excited with the results so far,... Read more
shipping update and a new Conundrucopia
First, before I get into some more Maze of Games updates, a few time-sensitive announcements:
- I'll be doing a Reddit Ask Me Anything on Wednesday at 1:30 PM PST.... Read more
Maze of Games: shipped, Penny Arcade store, and the Audiobook Kickstarter
Hey folks. Just want you guys to know that all but about 100 of the physical rewards have shipped. If you haven't received a notification from us about your books,... Read more
Gatekeeper perfume available from BPAL!
The Gatekeeper perfume is available! This amazing scent from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab compliments The Maze of Gamesin an extraordinary manner. It is based upon our lead antagonist, lovingly distilled... Read more
Maze of Games: shipping
We have all physical rewards (except art prints) sorted, signed, numbered, prepped, and ready to go to Penny Arcade for shipping. So we're beginning that process today. We hope to... Read more
Maze of Games: here
This is me in front of ten pallets of The Maze of Games.
Several thousand copies of The Maze of Gamesarrived at our warehouse yesterday. We are, as... Read more
gifts from abroad
Here's something I got in the mail today.
And here's something else Elisa and I got. (With special guest musician Austin Wintory on the keyboards.)
These are real... Read more
Maze of Games: nearly printed
Here is The Maze of Games being printed.
The Maze of Gamesis rolling off the printer as I write this. We sent it over three months ago, but we've... Read more
What it looks like when your printer sends you a book for proofing
While at the Gamestorm convention this weekend, I got this in the mail.
Now, that's not quitewhat I expected when I heard we were getting a "proof copy," but... Read more
Maze of Games: at the printer
This week I flew down to LA on official Maze business. And came back with some big news.
We sent The Maze of Gamesto the printer today. It took... Read more
A Conundrucopia of riches, and some realizations
The Conundrucopia is a 40-page book that, on its own, could probably win a bunch of puzzle book awards. It is insanely good. Every one of those world-class puzzlers I ... Read more
Not much to report on the book front. We're busily proofing it and finishing the final layouts. Everything is looking good, and late. FYI: We are locking down the backer... Read more
Many ciphers died to bring us these pencils
We just bought a whole lot of paper. That's a good sign. It means we must be making a book or something.
But meantime, we thought we'd show off what... Read more
Maze of Games: done in layout
Hi, folks. Last time we wrote an update, I showed off some of the art. Now I'm going to show you the book's layout, by genius graphic designer Elisa Teague.... Read more
The Maze of Games: edited and illustrated
As of late last week, we finished the editing and illustration on the main section of The Maze of Games. This is kind of a big deal. It means... Read more
The Maze of Games: written and edited
Big news on our end: My editor Tanis and I sent the edited version of The Maze of Games's novel text and main section's puzzles to our graphic designer... Read more
Lots of updates!
The Maze of Games redemption site is back to full strength, and can take orders through Amazon Payments now. If you're a Kickstarter backer, you'll get an email from us... Read more
Maze of Games redemption site is go!
We are delighted to announce the Maze of Games redemption siteis now available for ordering. If you are a backer of the Kickstarter campaign, simply go there and enter... Read more
You have questions? We have answers!
We have been asked five questions over and over since the end of the Maze of Games Kickstarter campaign. We like questions, so keep asking them! But I'll take a... Read more
The Gatekeeper has left the building
Happy Pi Day, everybody! We've come to the end of our campaign, which was very successful by any measure. Thanks to everyone for sticking with us all the way through.... Read more
Our final hours
We're excited to see all the love we've received in the last couple of days. It's been a thrill ride, and we're glad you could come along.
We're going to... Read more
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... Read more
T-minus 48 hours (ish)
We're in the last two days of The Maze of Games campaign, and we expect some of you are coming back for the first time. Here's what you missed!
- We... Read more
Did someone say "Will Shortz"?
In the final 72 hours of this Kickstarter campaign, we are locking up a last group of puzzlemakers. The Conundrucopia will be expanded by 8 pages and will contain these... Read more
The Gatekeeper's Literate Challenge
Every week, the Gatekeeper will post a challenge to our readers. Last week it was to reveal a celebrity's superheroic identity. The Gatekeeper wrote, "Come up with a real-life famous... Read more
Peeling away the layers
Mike's at the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament hobnobbing with the puzzle stars, so we asked Pete to tell us more about the art. We think you'll like what's inside his... Read more
Announcing the Maze of Games soundtrack!
When your books arrive, we sincerely hope you will enjoy reading and solving The Maze of Gamesin the quiet of your home. We expect that some of you might... Read more
A Maze of Games ... RPG?
Last month, after bribing me with cupcakes, campaign manager Liz Smith said, "I know this is very hard to do, but would you write a Maze of GamesRPG?" Then... Read more
The Gatekeeper's Superhero Challenge
Every Sunday the Gatekeeper will post a challenge to our readers. Last week it was to predict the 2014 Academy Awards. The Gatekeeper wrote,"Write a short description of... Read more
Wallpaper, and a new badge for number lovers
At $110,000, we unlocked Gatekeeper wallpaper! Go hereand you can download a zip file of wallpaper in various sizes. They're suited for Android, iPads, iPhone 4 and 5,... Read more
Some news about ebooks
We've gotten a lot of questions about whether the ebook version of The Maze of Gameswill be available for Android and Windows 8. Recently, Mike had the opportunity to... Read more
An announcement about Gatekeeper's Limited Editions!
As you know, we've been bombarded with requests for more Gatekeeper’s Limited Editions. Most of these are from people who found out about the campaign after all those editions were... Read more
The Gatekeeper's Oscars Challenge
Every Sunday the Gatekeeper will post a challenge to our readers. Last week it was to fix the –GRY riddle. The Gatekeeper asked backers to create a rephasing of that... Read more
Introducing the Maze Map!
The outpouring of support has allowed us to make a new extension of The Maze of Games: this stellar maze map. It’s an all-new optimization puzzle by Mike and... Read more
Conundrucopia: the second wave
As folks have likely noticed, we are running low on Conundrucopia authors here in the cage. With only Wei-Hwa Huang, Mark Gottlieb, and Peter Gordon left, what's a Gatekeeper to... Read more
welcome to the Century Club
Last night, The Maze of Games hit an unthinkable $100,000. As novels on Kickstarter go, this is unprecedented territory. So, as the nerds we are, we have two options:
- A)... Read more
The Gatekeeper's Riddle-Fixing Challenge
Every Sunday the Gatekeeper will post a challenge to our readers. Last week it was to read the Gatekeeper's mind. He wrote, "I am thinking of the highest real integer... Read more
how add-ons work
We've come to understand that The Maze of Gamesis many people's first Kickstarter project. That's awesome. It's what's helped us get to six times our original goal in record... Read more
Get a set of Maze of Games Code Pencils!
We are pleased to offer our first post-launch add-on, and it's a great one. With a copy of any electronic or hardcover book, you can get a dozen pencils for... Read more
On the subject of ambigrams
We are delighted to have thrown one of the world's leading puzzlers into the cage this week: ambigrammist Scott Kim. If we reach our lofty $100,000 goal, Scott will... Read more
The Gatekeeper's Mindreading Challenge
Every Sunday the Gatekeeper will post a challenge to our readers. Last week it was to answer the Super Bowl-themed Carrollian riddle, "Why are the Ravens like a writing desk?"... Read more
Mazefinder Bookmarks for all hardcopy backers!
We excited to announce a stretch goal: an exclusive new Mazefinder Bookmark! If we reach $100,000 in pledges, every backer who buys a hardback book of any kindwill... Read more
Wired interview (with a puzzle, natch)
If you haven't seen it, check out this great article about The Maze of Games on Wired's Geekdad siteby the ever-delightful Matt Forbeck. As I mentioned at the end, I... Read more
Pete and Mike tell all
Sometime this morning, we hit $80,000, or an astounding five times our original goal. This allows us to bring you the book we wanted to bring you. We'll have several... Read more
The Gatekeeper's Superb Owl Riddle
As puzzle ninja and strigiphile Gaby Weidling is fond of saying, it's Superb Owl Sunday! The Gatekeeper takes note of such things, and asks you backers to compose their own... Read more
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... Read more
The Maze of Games Kickstarter Update Puzzles!
As you might have suspected, we love puzzles here at Lone Shark Games. Plus we have a lot of things we want to tell you over the next 10! seconds.*... Read more
Stretch goals: The Conundrucopia
I mentioned that there's a special section in the Maze of Games. Here's what it is.
The Conundrucopia is a section of awesome Victorian-era puzzles by your favorite puzzlemakers. To... Read more
Well, THAT got our attention
We thought people might want this book, but none of us Sharks had "four hours and forty eight minutes" in the pool. We're pretty good with words, so we will... Read more