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 Post subject: Gear Snake by OSKAR
PostPosted: Sat May 01, 2010 6:25 am 
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Hi Twisty Puzzles fans,

Gear Snake is a concatenation of four 2x2x2 Rubik's Cubes. The puzzle is build around four commercial 2x2x2 Eastsheen cubes. Because of the gears, the four 2x2x2's interact with eachother in a quite unexpected way.

Connected Cubes is a predecessor of Gear Snake. The friction of the mini Eastsheen 2x2x2 limited the concatenation to two cubes. The larger Eastsheen 2x2x2 have less friction, so I could concatenate four of them. The result is a quite big (and noisy) twisty puzzle.

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Enjoy!

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 Post subject: Re: Gear Snake by OSKAR
PostPosted: Sat May 01, 2010 6:26 am 
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Looks awesome! Just watched the video.

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 Post subject: Re: Gear Snake by OSKAR
PostPosted: Sat May 01, 2010 6:45 am 
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Besides that great puzzle idea :!: the sound of it is really cool :wink:

I could find my kids everywhere in the house when they start playing with it :lol:
No secret places anymore!

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 Post subject: Re: Gear Snake by OSKAR
PostPosted: Sat May 01, 2010 7:36 am 
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Oh my God! We are getting closer to materialising the (sick) puzzle I proposed five years ago:
viewtopic.php?f=1&t=4167

:lol:

Brilliant Oskar, simply brilliant!


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 Post subject: Re: Gear Snake by OSKAR
PostPosted: Sat May 01, 2010 12:04 pm 
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okay, wtf.

this is getting annoying.

how do you do it!?

every time you make a new puzzle you appear to break the laws of physics! o_O

how do the gears stay connected if they can break apart?

awesome job oskar! congratulations!

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 Post subject: Re: Gear Snake by OSKAR
PostPosted: Sat May 01, 2010 12:08 pm 
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Drewseph wrote:
okay, wtf.

this is getting annoying.

how do you do it!?

every time you make a new puzzle you appear to break the laws of physics! o_O

how do the gears stay connected if they can break apart?

awesome job oskar! congratulations!


That's a new idea for a puzzle! Combine the TriGear concept to these gears!

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 Post subject: Re: Gear Snake by OSKAR
PostPosted: Sat May 01, 2010 12:13 pm 
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Wow.
Maybe with gears in the core you could do this
After seeing this, anything's possible. (I mean seriously, unconnectable gears?

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 Post subject: Re: Gear Snake by OSKAR
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Very very interesting... I like it a lot :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Gear Snake by OSKAR
PostPosted: Sun May 02, 2010 10:57 am 
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kastellorizo wrote:
... getting closer to materialising the (sick) puzzle I proposed five years ago:
viewtopic.php?f=1&t=4167

How about Bram's Fortress? I am still looking for a sponsor for that one.

Drewseph wrote:
how do the gears stay connected if they can break apart?

It is a bit of an optical illusion. Each 2x2x2 cube has two corner gears. Three pairs of those are connected, forming the snake of four in a row. The connection is clearly visible in Connected Cubes 2x2x2. For Gear Snake I made an attempt to obfuscate the connections. I did my job a bit too well, as I can hardly find the connections while playing.

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 Post subject: Re: Gear Snake by OSKAR
PostPosted: Sun May 02, 2010 1:22 pm 
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Oskar wrote:
kastellorizo wrote:
... getting closer to materialising the (sick) puzzle I proposed five years ago:
viewtopic.php?f=1&t=4167

How about Bram's Fortress? I am still looking for a sponsor for that one.


Indeed, that is the next logical step! And the sponsoring part sounds like
a nice topic to be discussed between a group of puzzlers.

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 Post subject: Re: Gear Snake by OSKAR
PostPosted: Mon May 03, 2010 11:27 pm 
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Oskar wrote:
The friction of the mini Eastsheen 2x2x2 limited the concatenation to two cubes.
With a bit of silicone lubricant the ES cubes, even the minis, move really, really fast compared to any other brand. They move well without lubricant but it does make a large difference. Try preparing them with a bit before adding on the gears and I think you will be happy with the result.

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