|A thing of absolute beauty!|
I'm definitely not saying that it isn't worth it but it is a serious outlay which needs to be thought about - I always advise puzzlers that no one should spend what they cannot afford - no puzzle is worth getting into debt for. So I chatted with Shane by email and at the MPP - he encouraged me to go with my gut feeling which was to say yes. Many people would say "buy it as an investment" but I can't stand the idea of selling my puzzles and unlike certain other people who buy and then quickly sell on at vastly increased prices, I do not want to consider these wonderful craftsmen as a source of income for me. I consider these puzzles as things of beauty and things to challenge me. Like Allard, Shane and many other collectors, I consider this hobby as a labour of love and I want to help designers, craftsmen and other puzzlers as much as I can - it's NOT about profit.
So the Stickman Burl tile puzzlebox (I am choosing to ignore the last word in that title) arrived yesterday and Mrs S took one look and exclaimed that it was gorgeous which relieved me enormously. I told her that she obviously has great taste in Xmas presents!
This is the 30th in Rob's series and I think he has completely outdone himself this time:
|An incredible designer and craftsman to have made 30|
|I love the added touch there|
|See.....it's not really a box even if there is a cavity|
I think I should also write a little review for you too so here goes...
Aaron King Does it Again
|Beyond the Ying Yang|
I have been playing with Aaron's recent designs and not getting very far. Most of the ones I have chosen are labeled as Level 10 or 10+ and when Aaron rates them as difficult then, my goodness, they are going to challenge (and delight) you. The puzzle above is called Beyond the Ying Yang and is a level 10 which makes it one of the easiest that I bought. I fiddled with this on and off for a few days and got nowhere but during a break from a VERY long spinal operation, I had a small breakthrough. This puzzle had been recommended for me by a very good friend and I basically take his word as absolute gospel (if he says something is good or worth buying then I don't even blink....I just buy it). He had told me it was a good test of skill and had a lovely clever solution. I have to agree, the level 10 (without the plus) made for a challenge but not too hard and when I saw what was required to solve it, I was really surprised at it's elegance. Definitely a fun one to play with and being only wire it is OK to give to friends and not worry about knots:
|Just plain clever|
|Much easier at level 10!|
Now I need to get back to a puzzle from Aaron that my friend really enthused about....The Leo looks really simple but I have spent many, MANY, MANY hours on it and have not found myself anywhere near solving the damned thing. I have had lots of fun trying to unwind severe tangles but not gotten anywhere on it.