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 Post subject: "Bare Bones" - Pocket Pirate Puzzle
PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2012 10:28 am 
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A pirate chest recently washed ashore containing a never-before-seen hand carved puzzle. The carvings on the chest indicate that the puzzle is a 3D maze map through the caves on Dragon Fang’s island where the vast treasure from the pirate ship Black Lion is hidden. You open the chest only to find that the main body of the maze looks eaten away to the "Bare Bones." Luckily, there is a clear case in the chest as well, and a small brightly colored ball that will help guide you. The ball fits into the maze at the round mouth of the cave maze in the corner of the cube. The maze then slides into the clear case; it is a perfect fit. You shove the sturdy case with its precious map into your pocket. The question is, can you solve the mystery of this maze and find the treasure? The carvings on the chest show that your goal is shown as another round ring with the remains of an "X" along its border.

To get there, roll the ball along the bones of the maze to try to reach the treasure. Your ball can travel up, down, fore and aft, port (left) and starboard (right) to travel through the maze. The clear walls allow you to easily see exactly where you are in the maze, and which directions can be tried next, but getting there is harder than it looks. Argggh, there have been plenty of "Bones" cleverly placed along the tunnels to trip up any unwary pirates and keep them from reaching the treasure. These can lead you astray or plunge you into a deep pit.

The "X Marks the Spot" where your treasure is found. If you reach the treasure you are not done yet matey! You have to return safely back to the mouth of the cave. Be wary though, there are new perils on the way back, and many pirates have never found their way back out. The true brave of heart can enter again to see if they can find the treasure again, this time, faster!

Good Luck Maties!

The 3D maze fits snuggly inside the 2 inch by 2 inch by 2 inch clear plastic cube. The clear cube also serves as a display quality case for this clever pirate work of art. This clear plastic display cube is sold separately, and is available for around $3. Use the link below to purchase "Bare Bones" from my Shapeways shop page. You will find more photos, video and information on this puzzle. There you will also find a link to purchase the case with free shipping. Note that this plastic cube display case is part of this rolling ball 3d maze puzzle and is required for the proper working of the maze.

http://shpws.me/75ht

Start by setting one of the "U" shaped halves of the clear case on a table with the sides of the "U" facing up. Before putting the "Bare Bones" maze in the case, orient it so the circular mouth of the cave (the one in the corner) is on the bottom. Place the ball on the bottom of the "U" of the case, such that when you next slide "Bare Bones" down into the case half, the circular mouth of the maze goes over the ball. Next carefully slide the top half of the case on. The photos and video above illustrate how this is done. You are now ready to start solving this maze puzzle.

Many a pirate has been lost in the cave, but have no fear - you can slide open the two halves of the case and the ball can easily be shaken out to start solving the maze game over again.

The clear case is very sturdy, so you can carry this maze puzzle around in your pocket or your bag. When not being played, this unique new type of maze can be displayed as a fascinating work of art. Set it on your desk or shelf, everyone will be curious to know what it is and want to give it a try.

This new type of maze is my most challenging one yet. It is bigger than "Escher’s Playground" and you can see the interior much easier. This new maze design uses thicker and stiffer rods for the maze. They are also rounded off so the maze structure looks like a skeletal matrix of linked up bones.

Please post any questions or comments you have on "Bare Bones". Enjoy.


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 Post subject: Re: "Bare Bones" - Pocket Pirate Puzzle
PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2012 11:03 am 
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Really, really cool !

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 Post subject: Re: "Bare Bones" - Pocket Pirate Puzzle
PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2012 9:08 pm 
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I have been asked about the display case. Yes, this is the BCW Golf Ball Square / Cube - Holder / Display Case. This is very sturdy, and crystal clear. A very nice display quality case. Here is a picture of my "Bare Bones" maze next to a golf ball for a size comparison also.


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 Post subject: Video of "Bare Bones" Puzzle in Action
PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2012 11:01 am 
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If you want to see how the maze operates, and how the case opens; here is a Video of "Bare Bones" in Action

Enjoy

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 Post subject: Re: "Bare Bones" - Pocket Pirate Puzzle
PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2012 11:19 am 
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I am not really a maze person but I really like this. Personally I would drill a hole for the entrance and seal it up for ever.

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 Post subject: Re: "Bare Bones" - How to Open the Puzzle
PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:10 am 
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I have had a couple of questions on how to open the clear plastic case so here is a Video of How to Open the Case. This shows how to identify the sides to grip to pull the case halves apart.

This same display case is used with two different types of my Ethereal Maze Puzzles. It is used as the outer walls of "Bare Bones" and used for a display case for "Escher's Playground".

This is a nice quality display case that could also be used for displaying other puzzles or treasures. I have a link for purchasing this case on my Bare Bones shop page at Shapeways that you can use to buy one of these for about $3 with free shipping.

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 Post subject: Re: "Bare Bones" - Pocket Pirate Puzzle
PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 7:16 pm 
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I uploaded a review of this maze on my YouTube! Please check it out!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkqpLhcd ... ature=plcp

It's a very addicting puzzle! :D


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 Post subject: Re: "Bare Bones" - Pocket Pirate Puzzle
PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2012 8:47 pm 
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I just noticed that the Purchase information for "Bare Bones" and all other 2012 Puzzle Design Competition Entries are now available. This includes the website address, email or contact information and the purchase price. This is for puzzle entries that have been made available for purchase by the designer.

You can find all this Here at Puzzleworld.

When you buy "Bare Bones" at my Shapeways shop you need to purchase the required display case separately, and also color the maze ball yourself. But if you want to purchase the maze and required case with a painted ball all in one place I just made it available on my Etsy Shop here.

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 Post subject: Re: "Bare Bones" - Pocket Pirate Puzzle
PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 2:13 pm 
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I just added a model with a six-pack of "Bare Bones" Maze puzzles to my Shapeways shop for the Christmas season. For the price of 5 mazes you get a 6th one free. $49.95 for 6 maze puzzles. You can give 5 of them as gifts, and keep one for yourself. These make truly unique Christmas Gifts like none they have seen before. Fun for kids, teens and adults. Can be displayed as a intriguing work of art. Makes a great executive desk toy, and conversation piece. You still have plenty of time to order these and get them before Christmas.

This is my favorite of all my mazes. It has the same number of cells as my biggest mazes like Twisted Symmetry, but it appears to have less due to much of the framework being removed, and the case being used for much of the outer wall supports. I have carefully added and removed rods in the interior of the maze to deceive the eye and lead the ball down many a dead end. This makes it a fun challenge. The sparse framework appears hardly able to contain the ball, so makes it much easier to see the ball as you are maneuvering it through the maze.

The clear plastic cases are sold separately and are needed for the proper functioning of the maze. The case also provides protection for the maze to make it a very durable gift. The clear cube also serves as a display quality case for this clever pirate work of art. Another reason I decided on a pack of 6 mazes is that you can get a great deal on a box of 6 of the clear plastic display cases for around $8 with free shipping. Use the link below:

Box of Six Medium Size BCW Maze Puzzle Display Cases for Bare Bones Mazes

Happy Holidays


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