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 Post subject: Star Puck
PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2008 11:26 pm 
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I never gave this puzzle a formal introduction on the forum, so here are a few pictures:

The puzzle is machined from ABS plastic billet, and is approximately 3" in diameter and 1.5" thick.
I will be offering these for sale in the near future, but when and other details are still secret. :wink:


Enjoy the pictures!
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 Post subject: Re: Star Puck
PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2008 11:38 pm 
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How much will they cost? I'd love to get one. :)


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 Post subject: Re: Star Puck
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aliengrey wrote:
How much will they cost? I'd love to get one. :)


Looks awesome!!! I'd love to buy one.

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 Post subject: Re: Star Puck
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Fantastic! I love the design.


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 Post subject: Re: Star Puck
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I was never a huge fan of cheese or puck puzzles but this one really looks excellent. I love the shape and design, the pentagram really does it for me.

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 Post subject: Re: Star Puck
PostPosted: Thu Jan 01, 2009 5:25 am 
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Nice puzzle Adam

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 Post subject: Re: Star Puck
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I almost forgot this puzzle:P I saw it at the DCD its so nice!

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 Post subject: Re: Star Puck
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Looks good, rather flat, so I can tell it apart from a Rubik's Cheese.
Simply nice.

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 Post subject: Re: Star Puck
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Nice work. I'm broke, but would love to have one of those.

So, next will be a 6 point star?

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 Post subject: Re: Star Puck
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Nice.
If I owned two I'd have to attack one with a hacksaw and make a pentagonal version.

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 Post subject: Re: Star Puck
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Awesome use of pentagrams.

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 Post subject: Re: Star Puck
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is the mechanism similar to scotts pentagonal domino?

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 Post subject: Re: Star Puck
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it looks like a Megaminx had a long night with a Rubiks cheese

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 Post subject: Re: Star Puck
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is there a set color scheme?


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 Post subject: Re: Star Puck
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is there a set color scheme?



yes there is..

the way i see it is...

green opposite of blue on the STAR faces

and five "edge colors"

purple, yellow, orange, red, and white
in that order


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 Post subject: Re: Star Puck
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Helios-Cube wrote:
eye2eye wrote:
is there a set color scheme?



yes there is..

the way i see it is...

green opposite of blue on the STAR faces

and five "edge colors"

purple, yellow, orange, red, and white
in that order

i wasnt very clear i was asking if there were multiple solved states


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 Post subject: Re: Star Puck
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I believe that there are multiple solved states.

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 Post subject: Re: Star Puck
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There are indeed multiple solved states, because when the puzzle is solved there is a simple algorithm you can use to move the colors of the edges around. Perhaps some other way of stickering would fix this problem? I like the look as it is now, but as a solver I'd prefer a 'supercube' type version where the thin triangle pieces and the outer curved triangles have only one solved position (relative to each other).

Interesting idea, by the way. Looks like a variant of the Domino mech to me, but I could be mistaken. Would it be possible to do a simple shape modification of the Domino to make it into a 4-pointed "star" inside a circle?

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 Post subject: Re: Star Puck
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If you stickered it with the same 5 colours, but each one straddling the join between two sections, rather than on a single section, that would give all the outer sections a fixed solution. That might be a good idea to avoid it being too easy.

Giving the inside pieces and optionally the center a fixed solution is left as an exercise for the reader.


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 Post subject: Re: Star Puck
PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2009 6:54 am 
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Make a picture version 8-) As it is now it is almost trivial to solve, at least for vintage puzzle solvers. I know how to solve it just by looking at it :mrgreen:

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