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 Post subject: Fudball by OSKAR
PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2012 3:32 am 
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Hi Twisty Puzzles fans,

Fudball was inspired by the Soccer Slide puzzle, designed and built by Iwona Gorczyca. Iwona's original design has sliding rhombuses and isosceles triangles. Each of the six great circles can be turned in steps of 72 degrees. By fudging a bit, Oskar turned all pieces into equilateral triangles, allowing 24 degrees steps.

The puzzle is related to the Doctor Skewb by Carl Hoff, which also features intersecting great circles of tokens around a sphere. Whereas Carl's design has four intersecting great circles, Fudball has six.

Unfortunately, it takes rather much force to push the tiles. For this reason, the puzzle is not for sale with Shapeways.

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 Post subject: Re: Fudball by OSKAR
PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2012 7:16 am 
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Looks great (except for the turning :( )! This is technically a fudged slice-turn only mixup starminx in the shape of a truncated icosahedron correct?

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 Post subject: Re: Fudball by OSKAR
PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2012 11:22 am 
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Callum wrote:
Looks great (except for the turning :( )! This is technically a fudged slice-turn only mixup starminx in the shape of a truncated icosahedron correct?
I'd be inclined to technically call it a fudged Elemental Slice-turn-only Mixup Starminx. A true Mixup Starminx would allow the Starminx edges to be exchanged with the Starminx X-centers (the star points). That isn't quite the case here as the edges themselves have been cut up into more elemental shapes. On a spherical Starminx the edges are sliding rhombuses, here that 4 sided shape has been cut up to form 2 triangles. This is very closely related to what I'm doing with my Elemental Slice-turn-only Mixup Master Skewb which I have yet to finish.
Oskar wrote:
The puzzle is related to the Doctor Skewb by Carl Hoff, which also features intersecting great circles of tokens around a sphere. Whereas Carl's design has four intersecting great circles, Fudball has six.

Unfortunately, it takes rather much force to push the tiles. For this reason, the puzzle is not for sale with Shapeways.
The great circles on my Doctor Skewb aren't quite great circles. The paths themselves have been fudged such that all crossing are at 90 degrees. So the path is a series of connected S-curves. Here as you have fudged the pieces into equilateral triangles, I would think you'd also want to fudge the paths such that they all cross at 60 degrees. The advantage of staying with great circles is you should also be able to add in the Starminx face turns if you wanted to but you don't make use of them in this puzzle anyways. After I've finished my Elemental Slice-turn-only Mixup Master Skewb and I see how it turns I may have to revisit this geometry and see if fudging the path would help the turning.

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 Post subject: Re: Fudball by OSKAR
PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2012 12:39 pm 
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wwwmwww wrote:
The great circles on my Doctor Skewb aren't quite great circles.
Neither are those of Fudball ...

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 Post subject: Re: Fudball by OSKAR
PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2012 12:42 pm 
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Beautiful puzzle indeed !

Pity about the turning.

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 Post subject: Re: Fudball by OSKAR
PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2012 1:25 pm 
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Why not remove one piece and make it a sliding puzzle? ;)


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 Post subject: Re: Fudball by OSKAR
PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2012 1:58 pm 
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You'd have to remove two pieces, but making it slidey is a good idea in my opinion. Too bad it didn't work out 'normally'. It looks nice :D

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 Post subject: Re: Fudball by OSKAR
PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 12:10 pm 
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Good images!

You used five colors in a tetrahedral configuration for each color.
Nice puzzle but sad result.


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 Post subject: Re: Fudball by OSKAR
PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 6:31 pm 
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Coaster1235 wrote:
You'd have to remove two pieces, but making it slidey is a good idea in my opinion. Too bad it didn't work out 'normally'. It looks nice :D


If you rounded the pieces a bit you'd only need to remove one. :)


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