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"Bare Bones" - Pocket Pirate Puzzle [message #48852] Thu, 24 May 2012 16:07 UTC
avatar Steve Winter  is currently offline Steve Winter
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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.


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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