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6:25 AM
15 hours ago, by matt
it could always be that the actual positions of the objects are important
maybe this is the crucial bit we should have explored further
 
 
5 hours later…
11:12 AM
@JeremyDover If that's it, I think there must be some kind of hint in the story that points towards it, since the basic things we can do with ROT-N don't seem to work, and things like ROT(N + 6) and the like seem like it would be clued somewhere, since it's basically a Vigenere cipher with unintuitive rotations
I think it's time for some meta, to see how Stiv usually clues things in their puzzles :P
 
11:34 AM
@PrinceNorthLæraðr Is that also the name of a board game? The new hint, in my mind, confirms that the final answer is in fact the name of a board game
(also the other blockquote, actually)
Still thinking about how we can make use of the tag...
Apparently "Quarantine" was a video game, and the blockquotes say nothing about it actually having to be a board game :)
 
 
3 hours later…
2:09 PM
@LukasRotter Stiv has stated before that he would never use a cipher more complex than a Caesar cipher with cluing it in some manner. I thought using the K as the Scrabble tile might be indicating key, and tried Vignere with SCRABBLE as the key with some permutations, but no love.
 
 
5 hours later…
6:49 PM
@LukasRotter SHucks
Hm, I tried something a bit weird
 
7:37 PM
I'll drop the 48-hr hint at 10pm UK time (an hour and a half from now...)
 
 
1 hour later…
8:58 PM
Drummm rollll
@Stiv?
 
9:22 PM
@PrinceNorthLæraðr The absence of an additional hint is the hint.
(No, I'm just kidding, that's probably not it.)
 
9:37 PM
HINT 2 DROPPED!
(Sorry, lost track of time!)
 
Well, several of the pieces are supposed to move. The train cars don't move in-game (right?) but they're train cars; and some of the others move in-game. And then some more move in real life, so to speak: ships, the dog.
The blue Qwirkle piece looks like a compass rose.
(Just some random thoughts.)
"move a few pieces about" sounds like specifically not all of them.
 
this is your periodic reminder that has to show up somehow
 
@bobble right, thanks
 
2 days ago, by msh210
but the dog is defending that square, he'll eat the bishop
 
@LukasRotter hm?
 
9:46 PM
still the best hypothesis we have
:P
 
lol
(very pristine unscratched white table, incidentally... seemingly this hostess doesn't play games on it that often, or hasn't had it for very long)
 
or magic
 
or that, yes
 
Sorry, forgot to mention - she lives in an igloo
 
ahhhh now it all makes sense
 
9:50 PM
(JOKE)
 
work backwards from 10-letter games? I see Quarantine was mentioned above
By the way -- the 10-letter word need not be a game name. "TASK: Decipher the image to find the name of the game which I'll be playing tonight. The answer is 1 word" -- it could be something unique to a game that's not the game's name . (We must find the name of the game, after first finding the 1-word answer.) I doubt this is the case, but it's possible.
 
@Stiv, are table-top roleplaying games included in the theme?
 
I guess so - if someone wanted to construct a puzzle using one of those I don't think there'd be any complaints
'and the like' in my rough summary of the theme is basically supposed to indicate that we're not just restricting to games with an actual board, so a tile game like Carcassone, a card game like Exploding Kittens, or something like dominos would all be 'on-theme' (just examples)
I'll be honest, I thought this puzzle would fall within the first hour - I'm quite surprised it's still going after 2 days. Just shows you can't always judge the difficulty of your own puzzles! Hopefully it doesn't kill the momentum for the chain - falling at the first hurdle...!
 
10-letter, 1-word Spiel des Jahres winners, according to the Wikipedia article: Zooloretto, Kingdomino, Barbarossa
another 10-letter, 1-word game is Battleship, but it's on the table and the hostess said none of those will be played
 
Backgammon, Mastermind are popular ones
 
10:00 PM
of those two, mastermind is more easily "chainable"
 
yep
even has a tag
Damn, we must be missing something obvious if the puzzle was supposed to be solved within 1 hour
 
think, brain, think!
 
but don't overthink
 
nor underthink
 
think exactly the right amount
 
10:03 PM
OH! I'VE GOT IT!
 
you do?
 
nice
 
not the solution to the puzzle... I just suddenly remembered where I put my phone charger
 
grrrrrr
 
nice
 
10:04 PM
:-)
 
Am I allowed to send bobblies after msh210 due to emotional distress?
 
hey! :-(
seriously, though, I just realized something:
 
make it good
 
that the phone charger doesn't work anymore?
 
except for the pick-up sticks, the pieces are divided exactly into a right and a left half
@LukasRotter :-D
 
10:06 PM
Take out the battleships and they divide into columns
 
@bobble not really
@msh210 I doubt this is a coincidence
 
wait how do you reply to yourself?
 
I usually copy the permalink and take the ID, so ":12345 Reply"
not sure if there's an easier way
 
ditto
 
You could also cut a horizontal line at two different locations (except for the sticks, again)
but the vertical half is likely to be the only splitting to be done
 
10:11 PM
(saying nothing)
 
ok, 100% assured now that msh210 is on the right track :D
 
looks like Braille. Probably isn't, since we're looking for a 10-letter word
(And we can't forget the pick-up sticks.)
(Every piece there is used somehow.)
 
We threw the sticks away to make way for the important stuff, that's how we used them.
 
ooh, maybe the 3 pick-up sticks are the 3 pieces that have to be moved!! -- meaning, into the positions where I drew green lines
that's gotta be it
 
yeah
every cell does not contain pieces from the same game more than once, as far as i can see
 
10:15 PM
each game's pieces clue 1 braille letter?
(dot if piece, no dot if not)
 
ooh that would make 10
 
Pretty sure that's it, yeah
 
chess =c
 
someone else can finish the solve :)
 
battleship = p
 
10:16 PM
(tension building)
 
dramatic music
 
I don't get what's happening
 
Triv Pursuit =y
Monopoly =o
Blokus =i
Clue =t
 
Qwirkle =n
 
10:19 PM
@PrinceNorthLæraðr The 3 sticks are used to divide the table into a 3x2 grid. Each game then clues one Braille letter: if it has a piece in a cell, that cell has a dot.
(is the theory)
 
@bobble ...huh?
 
TTR =r
Scrabble =a
COnnect 4 = i again
 
CPYOITNRAI
 
cpyoitnrai
 
pictionary
 
10:20 PM
Niceeeee
 
we got it
@bobble <-- really got it, with this chat message
 
Who wants the answer, and who wants to make the next puzzle?
 
It has been a pleasure to watch you all at work this (UK) evening :)
 
O/\O Woohoo came (game) in at the last minute
I think msh should get the honors
 
26 secs ago, by msh210
@bobble <-- really got it, with this chat message
 
10:21 PM
@Stiv Who were the ppl you were referring to on the right track?
@msh210 Ah
 
msh210, you can do the next puzzle and I write the answer? or would you like to switch?
 
nice team work, though, folks :-) It's been a pleasure
@bobble whatever you like. You really can do both, you got this one.
 
@bobble It would only be appropriate if it was you- after all you contributed a lot of the design the chain-puzzle with Stiv
 
I don't have any good ideas for the next puzzle!
 
2 days ago, by Prince North Læraðr
user image
 
10:22 PM
It would probably take at least a week for me to get it out
 
2 days ago, by Prince North Læraðr
That means it would be a 34 letter word if every single piece meant something
 
I insist that someone else take the next puzzle
 
yesterday, by matt
it could always be that the actual positions of the objects are important
 
10:23 PM
Wait hold on- I gave the passing statements?
 
You can always write a community-wiki answer, but the question of who wants to make the next puzzle still remains, of course
 
I still don't understand what just happened with the braille :P
 
I'll write the answer & make it wiki? Does that work?
 
1. The diagram was the closest anyone had got to finding the solution. 2. Not one letter per piece. 3. Visual arrangement.
(reasons why I just linked the 3 posts above)
 
In retrospect everything seems so clear it hurts me every time :D
 
10:26 PM
Dang. I feel like it slipped right through my fingers
 
This post tonight was your key opening - to see the solve happen, view from this post downwards:
20 mins ago, by msh210
except for the pick-up sticks, the pieces are divided exactly into a right and a left half
 
(now watch as somebody else snipes us :P)
 
Ohhhhhhhh
Bobble, you're a genius!
I finally understood what's going on
who wants the next chain puzzle?
 
@msh210 is the only one eligible IMO
(bobble doesn't want to, obviously)
 
okay... I hope I can think of one, though
 
10:37 PM
Remember the next puzzle in the chain just needs to incorporate the answer of this one somehow. I picked this particular answer because it lends itself to guessing something visual (like a rebus, for example), which gives you one option immediately, although I'm sure once you start thinking you'll think of others :)
 
answer is up!
 
@bobble Don't forget I didn't include an tag...
 
Ordered alphabetically
 
Will edit!
 
And thanks to whoever just tipped me over 50k with the upvote! :)
 
10:39 PM
that was me
 
we did it! with a bunch of only a few hints!
 
great puzzle, @Stiv
 
^
 
10:44 PM
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 
Very elegant
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 
^**float(inf)
 
*fists raised* I can do this all day
 
Thanks all :) And thanks for persevering! Let's see what happens with round 2 - no pressure :)
 
Intentional Cap quote?
 
10:46 PM
Yup
I forgot how to format things again
 
what are you trying to achieve
 
*I can do this all day*
 
Stiv, you did the leaving-and-coming-back thingy
 
tactical reload
is the official term
 
@bobble ^(^inf)
@Stiv With all the luck to msh
 
10:53 PM
@PrinceNorthLæraðr thanks. I'm not a good puzzlemaker in general, and that in particular is a hard act to follow. Don't expect too much....
 
@msh210 You can make some pretty killer CCs
 
you can make pictionary-based cryptics!
 
That's... holy
 
BTW, just wanted to point out having a chatroom actively discussing the current Chain Puzzle is a great experience and makes it much more fun
 
10:58 PM
@Stiv Congrats :):)
 

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