first post in the PAW thread wrote:
United States: Today
• Berkeley, Nan Ma [schuma]
• CA Bay Area, Dave [DLitwin]
• Vancouver WA, Landon [GuiltyBystander]
Canada: Early October 2012
• Mississauga Ontario, Sandy [Sandy]
United States: Mid October 2012
• Amherst NY, Dan [DKwan]
• Rochester NY, Eric [gingervergo]
• Ridgefield CT, Ben [benf207]
• Weston MA, Will [will_57]
• Swampscott MA, Dave [David Pitcher]
United Kingdom: Late December 2012
• Langness Chichester, Luke [Luke]
• Brighton, Julian [julian]
Norway: Later January 2013
• Sandnes Rogaland, Katja [KatjaH]
Denmark: Mid February 2013
• Valby, Sigurd [Sigurd]
Netherlands: Early March 2013
• Nieuwegein, Tom [TomZ]
Germany: Mid March 2013
• Koblenz, Andreas [Andreas Nortmann]
• Bruckmuehl, Konrad [Konrad]
• Cologne, Claus [clauswe]
France: Late April 2013
• Sevenans, Greg [RubixFreakGreg]
Russia: Mid May 2013
• Cheboksary, Evgeniy [grigr]
Hong Kong: Late May 2013
• Causeway Bay, Fan Yuk [excalvin]
Australia: Mid June 2013
• NSW Central Coast, [Burgo]
United States: Late June 2013
• Arizona, Carl [wwwmwww]
OK, a few adjustments of that schedule were necessary (I got the puzzle around the time that was planned for my antipode Burgo
When I saw the list of PAW (Puzzle Around the World) participants the first time, I found that I could split them into several categories. The puzzle designers built one large group and I recognized that I had already many puzzles -3D printed or mass-produced - in my collection designed by these well known TP celebrities.
I had (designed by)
. two Flowerminx and a Square 2 by Dave (DLitwin)
. Vergo's Cube and the Elite Skewb by Eric (gingervergo)
by Tom (TomZ)
. Venus Cube by Evgeniy (grigr)
. many from Calvin (excalvin) - OK not designed by him, but several produced by him together with others in this group - and many
just sold by him e.g. many mf8 puzzles
Experts will recognize some ordering in this picture:
To your left are the TomZ puzzles and to your right all the others.
When the PAW was announced, I did not have a puzzle from Gregoire (RubixFreakGreg), David Pitcher, Luke and Carl.
So, I asked Brandon and Burgo for some advice and decided to get these:
The Bubbloid 122 from Carl, the Curvy Copter Skewb from Luke, the Micro Master Pentultimate from Greg (you see the PAW theme again) and the FTRD (Face Turning Rhombic Dodecahedron) from David Pitcher.
Another idea was born and Burgo, my Australian friend and another PAW participant, made the FTRD for me, while I made a TomZ Helicopter Skewb for him.
Burgo added a little gift, what I called a "vergifted gift" ("vergifted" in German = poisoned).
On this photo you'll recognize something that looks like an ordinary 2x2x2 in the right part of the picture close to the FTRD assembled and stickered by Burgo:
Actually, this is something solved not so often by very few people. Burgo, the Master of Bandaged Cubes, has solved it once and said, he will never do this again. So, I was warned and never tried it myself, so far.
(This doesn't break my rule "Never buy a new puzzle unless you have solved all you have got", because it was a gift
You can roughly divide this selection into two subgroups:
All TomZ puzzles
and all others
When I had assembled and stickered Greg's Micro Master Pentultimate, I decided never to scramble and solve it.
It was the most difficult sticker project ever. I needed eye surgery afterwards (OK, I was joking, but it was a real borderline task for my eyes and I'm overwhelmed by myself that I could produce such a nice result
I remembered Eric's pillowed Master Pentultimate and I ordered it as something I could
scramble and solve.
Then I saw Evgeniy's Slim 3x3x3 and because I liked it and it came from another PAW participant, I got this as well.
I bought a 2x2x4 from Sandy in addition and asked him to sign it.
Lately, I asked Andreas and Claus and got two puzzles from them.
Here they are with some others out of my box:
Because I got the German puzzles - the two biggest on the picture - lately, they where not on my earlier photos!)
So, here are all nine puzzles added to my collection, because
of my little PAW side project:
Because I have mass-produced puzzles from Dave only,
I asked him to make something special for me. I'm patiently waiting until he finds the time to do it. I'm sure that I'll get a surprise parcel once and can add a Bump to this thread
Here are the puzzles from Evgeniy