I sent the following to bmenrigh & Konrad because I knew they both had many shapeways puzzles;
So my Mum says to me "I know its only April, but do you know what you'd like for your birthday or christmas?" I simply reply telling her to check her phone, as I bookmarked 9 shapeways puzzles
She wanted me to pick a top 3, and of course I have my preferences but I thought I'd ask someone who I know has many shapeways puzzles, and I didn't think this was enough to deserve its own topic, so here are the puzzles.HelimateMaster StarminxFTRDETRTPentultimateMultidodecahedronCurvy Copter PlusHelicopter SkewbMaster Curvy Copter
I'd also be glad to accept other recommendations
Both responses were very helpful, Brandon described the pros and cons of each puzzle, all down to the assembly difficulty, turning quality, and the challenges they present as a solve. Konrad gave me an insight on his opinions to the puzzles that overlapped between my wishlist and his collection; he also informed me that Burgo has the Master Starminx and Master Curvy Copter so if you're reading this Burgo; chip in
I think I can scratch the Helicopter Skewb, and possibly the Helimate off of the list for one reason. They're simply TOO hard! I had extreme difficulties solving my ETO, not to say I don't like a challenge, but the jumbling presented by those two puzzles scare me... A lot! That being said, I do have Luke's Curvy Copter Skewb coming my way soon.
Konrad asked me to specify my criteria, and I thought to myself I needed to lay down some foundations to base my decisions off of.
Maybe, you can clarify your own criteria first, like- especially hard challenge to solve
- especially hard challenge to solve
- easy or challenging assembly
- good ratio between price and challenge
- beauty of the puzzle
- good turning
- Do you like jumbling as an additional challenge?
As stated above, I do enjoy a challenge because when I do get the puzzle solved it is extremely satisfying! I haven't had my ETO scrambled in a while, the fear it brings me
The reason I think this puzzle scares me is the fact it's possible for me to solve it up until a point where it is unsolvable and I have to start over. For this reason (though it sounds silly because I'm complaining about the difficulty of a much easier puzzle) the Multidodecahedron really attracts me, as well as the Master Starminx and the Curvy Copter Plus.- easy or challenging assembly
In the beginning I was worried about assembling shapeways puzzles, but I'm not anymore. This was why I had ordered my Curvy Copter Skewb assembled from Luke. David Pitcher's Fully Functional Siamese 2x2x2 was ridiculously easy to assemble, I was very happy
. However, I seem to highly enjoy assembling puzzles! When I bought my ETO from Eric Vergo it had arrived scrambled, so I nervously disassembled it and re-assembled it solved. It was not difficult, but the hardest thing I have ever assembled; but I loved it - good ratio between price and challenge
The price is very important! Especially in this case, if the puzzle is cheap, I can get more of course!
Though the quality of the puzzle, turning and solving wise matters too. I think the P:C (price to challenge) ratio on Pitcher's FF Siamese 2x2x2 to be excellent, I've always wanted a fully functional siamese cube since the day I first saw a siamese 3x3x3 on youtube! Figuring out to solve this was extremely fun and the overall P:C was very good in my opinion, same goes for the ETO.- beauty of the puzzle
Appearance does matter to me, here are some aesthetic aspects of puzzles which attract me:
1. Not being pillowed
2. Either only straight cuts, or a combination of straight and curvy. Though there are few exceptions.
3. Symmetry within the cuts, they just make the puzzle look lovely- stability
As much as stability helps, I'm not that fussy unless the price is high. Then I do want a stable puzzle, e.g The FF Siamese 2x2x2 is a fantastic puzzle, is relatively unstable but I love it all the same, the price and the solving challenge outweigh the stability issues in this case, I even asked David if he could design something (Hasn't been made before).- good turning
Turning quality is very important, obviously the better it is the better; not much else to say - Do you like jumbling as an additional challenge?
Finally jumbling; I enjoy the part of the jumbling solves where you get the puzzle back to its original shape, though the rest of the puzzle solving can confuse me a bit due to orbits changing. Strangely enough; it was the jumbling that attracted me so much to the Helimate and Luke's Curvy Copter Skewb!
I've realized I love completing sets; though he was probably joking, Greg said somewhere he'd design a Helimate with curved cuts on the edge turns, so it was analogous to the CCS, that thought made me really desire the Helimate even though it wasn't the curved cut variety I was dreaming after! If you look here
ypu can see how I desired the FTD "set". I do like fsce turning dodecahedron, and am attracted to edge turning cubes.
Okay, it's getting late here, I'm getting tired and I'm starting to just ramble on, so great apologies if you've read all of that!
Absolutely and mini reviews or statements about any shapeways puzzles you own would be greatly appreciated, whether or not they fit my criteria above, as there are some exceptions!
P.S. Cuboids seem to be quite repetitive to me and the only one I have my eye on is the 3x5x7 (The combination of straight and curved cuts is very attractive to me, and will be my first "Ultimate Shape-Shifter")