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What if the Victorian era had more jokes AND was more diagram-based AND was made of jigsaw puzzles?? 

What if the Victorian era had more jokes AND was more diagram-based AND was made of jigsaw puzzles?? WONDER...NO MORE
502 backers pledged $23,798 to help bring this project to life.

We're FUNDED!! Now – Stretch Goals??

Posted by David Malki ! (Creator)

Thank you so much to all our backers – we have SUCCESSFULLY FUNDED this project with time to spare!!

I sat down in a special EMERGENCY PLANNING SESSION with my Official Puzzle Adviser, Feral Cat, to discuss our FURTHER PLANS for the puzzle campaign... 

We are very pleased to announce TWO STRETCH GOALS:

If we reach 150% funding (17,266.50):

I will work with Feral Cat to create an Official Feral Cat Sound Pack for you to download as ringtones, text alerts, etc.! Check out today's video for a brief example of what that might sound like.

If we reach 200% funding (23,022):

I will enclose, with every puzzle shipped, a single blank Emergency Replacement Puzzle Piece so that your puzzle may still be usable even if a piece is lost! (Assuming you lose the same shaped piece as the replacement you receive.) These pieces will be blank, so you can easily draw on the missing artwork. 

This is a service I have seen NO OTHER PUZZLE OFFER in the HISTORY OF MY LIFE, so I'm very pleased to announce that this offer is EXCLUSIVE to the Wondermark Jigsaw Puzzle Campaign.

Thanks again for your wonderful support, and congratulations on joining the cadre of delightful human beings who will soon own a Wondermark puzzle (or related item)! It is a good group to belong to, you'll enjoy it.


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      HunterJE on

      Of course, if we could come up with some way to precisely characterize the shape of a piece, we could set up some kind of exchange amongst the whole Wondermark puzzle community, so that folks can post needed piece/available piece and exchange through the mails, and very slightly improve chances...

    2. Moritz Schubert on

      Everyone who read Terry Pratchett's "Guards! Guards!" knows that when the odds are exactly 1:1.000.000 that means the event has a very high chance of happening ;)

    3. ¡Liz!

      Soo... Still better than the odds of winning the lottery! And, if I happen to lose 2 pieces - 'cause if I've lost one, I'll probably lose another - I've just doubled my chances! Yes!

    4. David Malki ! 8-time creator on

      @Amber – That's a really great question. It depends, of course, on whether or not certain pieces are more likely to be lost than others, and I can't find any studies with data on either side of that.

      My guess is that since edge pieces are usually assembled first, they're slightly less likely to be lost (less likely to be hanging around the table loose). And pieces that are likely to go into the puzzle last (i.e. pieces with very subtle coloration, or with a pattern that is very common in the puzzle) are loose longer, which means they may be more likely to be lost.

      But since that varies from puzzle to puzzle, and in every case those percentages will fluctuate from puzzler to puzzler with respect to storage practices, kids in the house, etc., I think the best we can do is take a rough average and say, out of a 1000 piece puzzle (which can sometimes have up to 1036 pieces), the odds of losing a particular piece are about 1/1000, or 0.1%.

      We can probably assume similar odds for the piece you will be getting, unless the puzzle has a mirrored die, meaning that there are really two pieces of every given shape in the puzzle (top left and bottom right are the same piece, and so on). I've seen this be the case but I don't know how common it is, so for the sake of being conservative I'll say that's also 0.1% (1/1000 chance of getting any particular piece).

      So, if we accept these numbers, the chance of you losing a certain piece, and having that particular piece to replace it, are roughly 1/1000000 or 0.0001%. It truly is..."one in a million!" :) Hope that helps!!

    5. Amber Weinberg on

      What is the chance that the piece would actually be the piece we need?