|A huge turnout for MPP 16|
|Packed into a rather small room but still playing|
The big hall in Warwick had already been booked by another party so we started off in the small waiting area - there was no room to unpack all our toys but we didn't let it didn't stop us showing off the most fascinating stuff we had brought! It was a great time for me to finally meet all those people from around the world who I had been communicating with via the blog contact page, via Facebook or via email. There are one or two people I have chatted to more than weekly for several years but never met - it is this community thing that I truly love. We had visitors from Holland, America, Canada, Israel, China, Hong Kong and probably several other places I don't recall. We crammed ourselves in and caught up and puzzled! I was in heaven. Of course, I had brought the Parallelogram and many many people had a try at it with surprisingly little success - Shane should be very pleased that some of the greatest puzzlers in the world failed to solve it!
The imp was there early and lived up to her boisterous reputation and thoroughly enjoyed her "boys and toys" weekend! Of course we all love her dearly and let her away with anything! I was pleased to be able to hand her a solved version of the Cast Galaxy puzzle which she had dismantled and failed to reassemble for 2 weeks! Needless to say I felt rather pleased with myself! In fact I solved quite a few that day which is very unlike me!
After a couple of hours the MPP proper started as we moved into the big hall and set up our tables of toys to show off.
|We need lots of space!|
Now it was not all play you know! There was some serious chatting to be done and maybe a little increasing of the collection - Shh! Don't tell Mrs S!
Gifts were given as well - I am very grateful to Otis for a new Twisty called the Dino skewb:
The Dino skewb is a corner turning twisty which rotates in different depths at each corner. I am greatly looking forward to playing with this!
And to Derek for his Little MazeNCubes which you can buy from Shapeways if you want one:
A nice little puzzle which may lead to his bigger versions.
Sorry that I have not had time for any new reviews but much puzzling has gone on and is about to. I suggest that you all look at the 2014 design competition page to see what may be coming out in the next year.