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 Post subject: Di-Cube...! (UPDATE: with video from black to white dice!)
PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2009 4:54 pm 
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Almost three years ago, I was about to make a 12-tile magic with the theme of a dice,
but instead, I made a 10-tile puzzle called "Domino Magic".

Three years later, I decided to complete this 12-tile theme of creating two connected cubes
(although I had already made many designs with a single cube, a triple cube,
or even a giant 54-tile 3x3x3 cube!).

The mechanism is similar to Rubik's Master Magic (or M(12,0,0) with respect to my classification).
The theme is where it is different from all known magics (except for the Q-Bert).

So the goal is to make two white dice, such that their face from a given angle gives the same number.
The same goes for the other side, where the goal is to make two black dice.

I have calculated the maths behind the puzzle to ensure there exist solutions for each side.
(watch out for the shadows of the dots... they should always be consistent!)

But I am not sure if it is easy or hard, as it was easy for me to solve LOL
As expected, the dots of two opposites sides (in a solved state) should always add to seven.
And I must say, it looks very natural, as if I was going to use them for a... board game!!!

Anyway, here are some photos of the Di-Cube:
("Di" sounds like "Die" which is singular for Dice - yes it was deliberate!)


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 Post subject: Re: Di-Cube...!
PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2009 5:08 pm 
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Whoa that's awesome. How do you make the tiles in between the pieces? I've always wondered how they were made...

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 Post subject: Re: Di-Cube...!
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:!: A create-two-cubes Magic with my favorite theme! Your Magic mods continue to impress me, Kastellorizo. I can't even begin to comprehend how you string these things. BTW, can you post some scrambled pics?

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 Post subject: Re: Di-Cube...!
PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2009 5:11 pm 
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Is it double stringed? Just wondering.

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 Post subject: Re: Di-Cube...!
PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2009 5:17 pm 
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Kewija wrote:
Whoa that's awesome. How do you make the tiles in between the pieces? I've always wondered how they were made...


It is using Rubik's Magic mechanism, not mine. But the theme (i.e. dice) is all mine. 8-)



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:!: A create-two-cubes Magic with my favorite theme! Your Magic mods continue to impress me, Kastellorizo. I can't even begin to comprehend how you string these things. BTW, can you post some scrambled pics?


Dice themes can be quite popular in many ways. This is no secret. ;)
Will post more pics and a video as soon as I find time.


MonkeyZ wrote:
Is it double stringed? Just wondering.


Always!

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 Post subject: Re: Di-Cube...!
PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2009 9:38 pm 
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Very nice! I'm glad you decided to make this one.
You didn't have to mention Q-Bert though... :evil: I really want that one! :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Di-Cube...!
PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2009 10:09 pm 
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Very, very nice. I love the polished simplicity of the tile design, which no doubt doesn't do the difficulty of figuring out how to string this puzzle justice. :)


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 Post subject: Re: Di-Cube...!
PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2009 7:40 am 
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Thanks everyone for the nice words! :)

After sleeping late and after a long day I have now more time to properly answer the questions:


Regarding the paper tiles:
After I print the colored themes at the University printer, I use a square cutter to make the tiles.

My stringing technique:
It is more of a "going around" technique, which ensures more balance between the strings.

I still have a last MagiQ-bert (if I remember well - I need to open some boxes LOL)

And yes, the simplicity of the looks is very deceiving. In the end of the day, it is NOT an easy puzzle!!!

Generally speaking:
Me and company are in the middle of talks (which will take time) regarding the way magics
can be improved (tiles, themes, material, grooves, everything!).
Legally, anyone can commercially produce puzzles with the magic mechanism,
but ethically speaking, I always make sure that the original inventor is in full agreement
(especially when the original inventor appreciates the depth of my designs).

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 Post subject: Re: Di-Cube...!
PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2009 1:47 pm 
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Here is the video as promised:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1Mqr16cq7Q

I am starting from a white dice and I end up with a black dice. All numbers are consisted,
as well as their "shadows". The fact that I am used two different ways to make the twin cubes
(one for each color) gives this puzzle an exotic beauty, especially as there is no other way!

Now you may ask, how many solutions are there? The answer is four in total,
two for the white dice, and two for the black dice.

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