|Gold and Orange Revomazes|
This is my hundredth post!! That is a hell of a milestone to have reached in such a short time! I began this blog to describe my journey through the puzzling world of mechanical puzzles and within a year I have had 100 posts and more than 27,000 page hits! I never expected anyone really to read it - well maybe a few of the crazy people out there (you know who you are!) but from the comments I have received to various posts and via my contact form, quite a lot of you are, well, NORMAL!!!
I have really enjoyed myself and have been in contact with many very interesting people. The puzzlers themselves are great and always willing to provide suggestions to help solve something or to point me towards something else I might like to torture myself with. I have been in touch with many fine craftsmen too - all are uniformly proud of their work and the apparent joy we take in solving their contraptions. Most are more interested in the craftsmanship and joy than the actual financial gains that can be made. Some have even sent me puzzles to play with and told me I could pay at a later date when my finances allowed. You wouldn't find such trust amongst very many other groups of people - puzzle people are pretty unique.
This whole thing started when a very stressful event at work (life and death - more death really!) caused me to need a diversion. I found that every time I stopped working and sat quietly, I began to have some very disturbing flashbacks and struggled to relax or even sleep. Believe me when I say that this was very new to me - in my particular sub-specialty I am very used to dealing with the critically ill and dying. But this really caught me by surprise. So I began my puzzling journey...
It all started out with the blue Revomaze - I had seen this (and met Chris Pitt, the designer and MD) at the Gadget Show Live in April 2010 but did not buy at the time because of the cost and the dirty looks from Mrs S. But, when I really needed something to take my mind away from everything this rather beautiful and very well made puzzle was just what I needed. From here on, I was completely hooked and have worked my way through all 4 of the metal Revomazes that were routinely available. I completed the silver at the end of last year and Mrs S had ordered the Gold as last year's Christmas present. Unfortunately due to manufacturing problems there were some rather prolonged delays - I am really pleased to say that it has finally arrived and I am about to start all over again! Next to the gold is the orange, a special limited edition puzzle designed by Mark, one of the amazing group of Revo puzzlers on their forums. Now I really don't know what to do first!!!
So, I would like to say to you all, dear readers:
Have a very Merry Christmas and a
truly puzzling New year.
Good health to you all!
(I apologise if I have missed anyone!)
|Puzzle makers and designers:||Fellow puzzle bloggers:||MPP people:|
|Wil Strijbos||Neil Hutchison||Allard & Jill|
|Chris Pitt (Revomaze)||Brian Pletcher||Chris & Helen|
|Václav Obšivač (Vinco)||Gabriel Fernandes||Oli|
|Jerry McFarland||Jeff Chiou||Ali|
|Eric Fuller (Cubic dissection)||Jerry Loo||Nigel|
|Bill Cutler||Mike Vodovoz||Karl|
|John Devost||Rob Stegmann||Louis|
|Tom Lensch||Roxanne Wong||Graham|
|Leon Stein (Puzzlemaster)||Shaun|
|Brian Menold (Wood wonders)|
|Richard Gain (Microcubology)|
|Brian and Sue Young (Mr Puzzle)|
|Dave Janelle (Creative Crafthouse)|
|Ben Meldrum (Puzzleguru)|
|Frank Gregory (Livewire puzzles)|
|Oskar van Deventer|