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 Post subject: Inquiring minds want to know ?
PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2002 12:13 pm 
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We know each other by our first names, but then again...,
how about spilling our beans for once...

What is it, that compels you to come back here ?
i.e. new information for building new puzzles/ modifying existing ones,
general information concerning HTF puzzles, scoops, anything else ?

Since when have you started collecting rubik & non Rubik style puzzles ?

How many Twisty puzzles do you own ?,

How much is your collection worth ? (approx.)

How much do you spend on puzzles per year ?

What is your favorite puzzle ?

Which one is your most valuable ?

Which one is your rarest ?

Your favorite puzzle site or link ? (other than this one !)

May the real ...ahust, cubologist, ddv239, dragonrfa, ethused, little-sam, marcoalz@tin.it, medoug, omegaminx
pharle, puzzlefriend, puzzlemeister1, sandythompsn, sum1else, tmanx, and others...please stand up...!

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 Post subject: Untitled
PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2002 4:48 am 
What is it, that compels you to come back here ? i.e. new information for building new puzzles/ modifying
existing ones general information concerning HTF puzzles, scoops, anything else ?

1. New puzzles sales, where to by new puzzles at, scoops, hopefully someone is selling some just on these site and trades

Since when have you started collecting rubik & non Rubik style puzzles?

2. 3 years ago from Puzzletts.

How many Twisty puzzles do you own ?

3. 50 (never enough)

How much is your collection worth ? (approx.)

4. at least over $1000.00 (PriceLess worth alot to me)

How much do you spend on puzzles per year ?

5. I don't know or want to know, but I did spend Tomy Megaminx for $112.50 on ebay

What is your favorite puzzle ?

6. they all are and the ones I don't have yet(silly question)

Which one is your most valuable?

7. my Professor Cube when ever I get it tiled and my copyright The Nutty Professor Cube when I get it from Tyler

Which one is your rarest?

8. I think my Rainbow Master ball

Your favorite puzzle site or link ? (other than this one !)

9. Rubik's,Mefferts, Jaap, Hendrik Haak, virtual puzzle museum, Ebay and Tylers site


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 Post subject: Okay, Here Goes
PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2002 5:52 am 
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Location: Wilmington, NC, USA
What is it, that compels you to come back here ?
All of you. I love associating with this global group of twisty crazies!

Since when have you started collecting rubik & non Rubik style puzzles ?
First cube, a very early Rubik's, in college, around 1980. It was months before they appeared in stores. I bought all the twisty puzzles I saw. Collection was dormant for many years until I discovered the internet.

How many Twisty puzzles do you own ?
Over 100. The emphasis is on different shapes, rather than sticker variations. I do count keychains. The keychains are so cute!

How much is your collection worth ?
Call me fanatical: I collect data on final prices on eBay. So I know what the collection is worth, about $2000. (That's assuming median prices, not the highest!) I definitely need more insurance.

How much do you spend on puzzles per year ?
I am really sorry you asked that question. Ignorance was bliss. Put it this way, I acquired most of the collection last year. (Don't tell my husband.)

What is your favorite puzzle ?
I stood in front of the collection this evening and pondered this question. They are like my children. I simply cannot choose a favorite. How's this:

Most admired puzzle: Rubik's cube
Most beautiful puzzle: Rainbow Masterball
Easiest puzzle to solve: Pyraminx
Most complex: Dogic
Hardest to find: Dino
Easiest to turn: Skewb
Most satisfying in my hands: Mefferts' Pyraminx
Most fun to make: 2x2x2 rhombic dodecahedron
Beloved because I could solve it: Megaminx
Cutest: Castle-shaped 2x2x2 by Mark Longridge
Most expensive (for me): Magic Octahedron

Which one is your most valuable ?
The Dino cube that I just acquired in a trade.

Which one is your rarest ?
I don't know. Dogic, dino, or magic octahedron. (Custom puzzles don't count.)

Your favorite puzzle site or link ? (other than this one !)
The Virtual Puzzle Museum, Hendrick Haak's, Kar Watanabe's site have given me tremendous inspiration. I think I found all of them through links from Jaap's page.

Who would you nominate for most admired person?
Uwe Meffert and Erno Rubik


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 Post subject: Selling any?
PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2002 6:25 am 
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You got any doubles please? I would love to buy or trade with you for a Dogic, Dino, or Magic Octahedron.


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 Post subject: Re: Inquiring minds want to know ?
PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2002 10:30 am 
>> What is it, that compels you to come back here ?

News - what new puzzles have gone on the market, and what new puzzles people have designed.

Oh, and to see if Tyler's started taking Ritalin yet. :)

>> Since when have you started collecting rubik & non Rubik style puzzles ?

A Pyraminx, Cube, Sphere and Missing Link in 1982, then a hiatus until 2001 or so when I stumbled across the active community.

>> How many Twisty puzzles do you own ?,

Not counting duplicates, only about 50.

>> How much is your collection worth ? (approx.)

Probably about $1000, though that's assuming a typical eBay price for the Dogic.

>> How much do you spend on puzzles per year ?

~$250

>> What is your favorite puzzle ?

The Pyramorphix ($2 clone, actually). I take it to meetings and fuss with it, then pass it around. Great entertainment for all.

>> Which one is your most valuable ?
>> Which one is your rarest ?

Dogic. Fortunately, a friend picked one up for me on a trip to Germany (I posted the store info here) before I told her how much she could sell them for on eBay. She's since taken me and my wife out for dinner on the proceeds.

>> Your favorite puzzle site or link ?

Jaap's - the list of theoretical puzzles, in particular.


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 Post subject: Answers
PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2002 12:17 pm 
What is it, that compels you to come back here ?
It's the surveys! Really it's just fun to see what people are up to (for example, Tyler always has something fun going on). A lot of times people post interesting links (like Ton's Rubik's Cube solving Lego contraption article) that are fun to check out.

Since when have you started collecting rubik & non
Rubik style puzzles ?
I started collecting puzzles about 4 years ago. My goal was to have every puzzle with the name "Rubik" on them (even if the puzzle said "From the makers of Rubik's Cube."

How many Twisty puzzles do you own ?
I used to have about 100ish, but right now I have about (heck, I'll go count 'em... TIME PASSES) 31.

How much is your collection worth ? (approx.)
At one point I had about $4,000 lying around, but now I've got less than $500 (I feel compelled to dig up the past, because it makes me feel tougher- I'll do it again, too)

How much do you spend on puzzles per year ?
The last few years I've spent less than $200

Which Puzzle is your favorite?
Has to be the Rubik's Magic: Master Edition- I love that thing. I crave the flipping and flapping more than the rotation of the actual cube. I'm ashamed, but it's true. The cube finishes in a strong second, though.

Which one is your most valuable ?
I have no idea- either my Wahn or my Super Nova (like a megaminx). It would have been my Silver Cube, but I sold that on eBay for $1,200 (to Kar, come to think of it).

Which one is your rarest ?
My Supernova. I miss my Silver Cube... sniffle

Your favorite puzzle site or link ? (other than this one !)
Are you kidding? What is there besides Twisty's?


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 Post subject: My answer
PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2002 12:53 pm 
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What is it, that compels you to come back here ?
i.e. new information for building new puzzles/ modifying existing ones,
general information concerning HTF puzzles, scoops, anything else ?
I think it´s the possibilty to learn more about puzzles and to see that there exist more crazy guys with the same interests.

Since when have you started collecting rubik & non Rubik style puzzles ?
About 1980.

How many Twisty puzzles do you own ?,
500 pieces

How much is your collection worth ? (approx.)
I do´nt know it.

How much do you spend on puzzles per year ?
I do´nt want to know it...

What is your favorite puzzle ?
I can´t say it because there are so many very interesting items which I like.

Which one is your most valuable ?
Rubik´s Mate in unopened box, never used.

Which one is your rarest ?
Rubiks Mate, Rubiks Cheece, Trajbers Octahedron...

Your favorite puzzle site or link ? (other than this one !)
My own museum-site...
http://www.puzzle-shop.de


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 Post subject: Me
PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2002 1:58 pm 
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Location: Palerang Shire, NSW, Australia
What is it, that compels you to come back here ?

--> I have no choice :) Fantastic seeing a community develop and people get to know each other and learn (and collect)

Since when have you started collecting rubik & non Rubik style puzzles ?

--> Probably only returned to it around 4.5 years ago.

How many Twisty puzzles do you own ?,

--> Believe it or not, only about 100 twisty variations, but that is really because I don't have a puzzle ball of every colour or cubes with many different sticker variations.

How much is your collection worth ? (approx.)

--> Really not sure. There's a few raries there so I guess that would bump it up a bit. Which reminds me, I should probably check into insurance.

How much do you spend on puzzles per year ?

--> More on plastics than puzzles. $250 US so far.

What is your favorite puzzle ?

--> Without doubt, the plain old 3x3x3 is still my favourate and the one I return to.

Which one is your most valuable ?

--> Rubik's Maze.

Which one is your rarest ?

--> Rubik's UFO prototype, Rubik's Maze, Rubik's Rabbits.

Your favorite puzzle site or link ? (other than this one !)

--> Hmmm... I'd probably vote for the Puzzle Museum and also Lars' site (where I learned a lot)

May the real ...ahust, cubologist, ddv239, dragonrfa, ethused, little-sam, marcoalz@tin.it, medoug, omegaminx
pharle, puzzlefriend, puzzlemeister1, sandythompsn, sum1else, tmanx, and others...please stand up...!

--> sausage / Wayne Johnson / sausage@zeta.org.au


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 Post subject: Answers
PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2002 2:46 pm 
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Location: Orange County, CA, USA
We know each other by our first names, but then again...,
how about spilling our beans for once...
- This is the only bulletin board I go by my real name. It feels oddly appropriate to do so.

What is it, that compels you to come back here ?
- Sharing ideas, looking for new creations, hoping to find a unique mechanism that drives a new puzzle.

Since when have you started collecting rubik & non Rubik style puzzles ?
- Initially caught the bug back in 1982 or so, but too young to fully appreciate it (maybe 2nd grade or so). Started avidly collecting in about 1992.

How many Twisty puzzles do you own ?,
- Hmm... I don't know. Maybe 80 or so. I'm not a huge collector of sticker/shape variants and I really like to stick to the Rubik types and not others like the Rubik's Fifteen or Top Spin or similar.

How much is your collection worth ? (approx.)
- shrug I have a nice Dogic. Several original and Oddzon 4x4x4s. An original 5x5x5. Supernova. I'm guessing maybe $800 or so. Or in the words of recent credit card commercials in this neck of the woods, my collection is "priceless."

How much do you spend on puzzles per year ?
- Not a lot on average. Only if a new one comes out with a new mechanism (i.e. Rainbow Cube).

What is your favorite puzzle ?
- Pyraminx. It was the first Rubik type puzzle I ever solved and it really helped to spark my interest in others. Actually in my case, that would be a FAKE Pyraminx.

Which one is your most valuable ?
- Dogic.

Which one is your rarest ?
- Dogic. Or perhaps my Moody Ball. It's a sticker variant of the Skewb Sphere, but it was the first puzzle that I had to go out of my way to buy one directly from the designer, Gerd Braun. Most people know what a Dogic looks like, not even the Virtual Puzzle Museum has a picture of the Moody Ball.

Your favorite puzzle site or link ? (other than this one !)
- I don't surf puzzle sites very often. I have enough problems updating my own puzzle site. This place is different however.


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 Post subject: Sum1else
PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2002 4:51 pm 
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>We know each other by our first names, but then again...,
how about spilling our beans for once...

>What is it, that compels you to come back here ?
i.e. new information for building new puzzles/ modifying existing ones,
general information concerning HTF puzzles, scoops, anything else ?
All Of the Above
>Since when have you started collecting rubik & non Rubik style puzzles ?
i first played with the cube 2 years ago.
didnt know there were others until September, 2001
>How many Twisty puzzles do you own ?,
20?
>How much is your collection worth ? (approx.)
$500-600
>How much do you spend on puzzles per year ?
too much
>What is your favorite puzzle ?
Wahn, tiled. Dogic
>Which one is your most valuable ?
Dogic
>Which one is your rarest ?
Dogic , fused 5x5x5(Only one), fused 3x3x3
>Your favorite puzzle site or link ? (other than this one !)
This one,
http://search.ebay.com/search/search.dll?MfcISAPICommand=GetResult&ht=1&SortProperty=MetaEndSort&query=rubik
And this one too
http://cgi6.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewListedItems&userid=sum1else&include=0&since=-1&sort=2&rows=25

>May the real ...ahust, cubologist, ddv239, dragonrfa, ethused, little-sam, marcoalz@tin.it, medoug, omegaminx
pharle, puzzlefriend, puzzlemeister1, sandythompsn, sum1else, tmanx, and others...please stand up...!

Seeems that i know who most of those people are. Mostly because ive dealt with them on ebay.

Tyler Robbins, ebay: Sum1else

sum1else@optonline.net


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 Post subject: hmm...
PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2002 9:36 pm 
Since when have you started collecting rubik & non Rubik style puzzles ?

- My first was probably a Pyraminx in 1980 or so, followed closely by a cube and a Ten Billion Barrel, but the big surge didn't begin until about 4 or 5 years ago, when I discovered Meffert's, eBay, and the sites run by Jaap and Hendrik.

How many Twisty puzzles do you own ?

Probably 50 or 60 -- I tend to avoid slight variations in stickers that don't have a significant impact on the difficulty of a puzzle.



How much is your collection worth ? (approx.)

I don't know.



How much do you spend on puzzles per year ?

around 250-300, depending on what's new, and on what gems from the past surface.


What is your favorite puzzle ? Dogic for looks, Skewb for sheer frustration


Which one is your most valuable ? Probably the Dogic

Which one is your rarest ? Hmm - I have a weird cube sticker variation that I've rarely seen elsewhere. The Dogic is probably first on the list, though, just because it would be so tough to reproduce by hand.

Your favorite puzzle site or link ? (other than this one !) Denny, Jaap, and Hendrik have all brought joy (and newfound covetousness) into my life with their respective sites. Keep it up!


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 Post subject: Omegaminx!!
PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2002 11:33 pm 
This one is interesting, I seldom post except on occasions hehe :)

What is it, that compels you to come back here ?
i.e. new information for building new puzzles/ modifying existing ones,
general information concerning HTF puzzles, scoops, anything else ?
Well, u already said it all but for me, it's mainly for any ground breaking news on puzzles both old or new, and after all, we do share a common interest :)

Since when have you started collecting rubik & non Rubik style puzzles ?
Played with a 3x3 when I was 9, lost touch with it until a friend bought one and started playing it in front of me, pciked it up again ~Millennium time :)

How many Twisty puzzles do you own ?
Not much(approx.) on shelf =80+ in cupboard =50+
But some of those in the cupboard are duplicates :)

How much is your collection worth ? (approx.)
Not sure about this though, can't help u :)

How much do you spend on puzzles per year ?
Taboo question, lets put it this way, I would rather not think about it, I feel much better that way :(

What is your favorite puzzle ?
1)Classic old 3x3x3
2)Square-1(not easy + cool shapes too)
3)Megaminx (LoL...looks impossible when i first saw it + cool looks....thus my pseudo)
4)Ultimate Skewb( I like the slick clicking cound it makes when I turn the puzzle...almost effortless) :)

Which one is your most valuable ?
My very own 3x3 that brought me back into the arena, but it's worn now :(
2nd to that would be Rubik's Domino, Dogic, Hungarian Supernova :)

Which one is your rarest ?
My personally customized 3x3, only I have it in this whole wide world :)
Those typical answers u might expect would be Dogic, Rubik's Domino(I think this is even more rare than Dogic which shows up every now and then on eBay, just a matter of forking out dough for it), Hungarian Supernova :)

Your favorite puzzle site or link ? (other than this one !)
eBay, Jaaps(the links are great, the solutions too...hehe), yahoo(speedcubing), rubiks.com, meffert's, hendriks and Mark's cubeman :)

Well that's about it I guess, this is a cool board, after all we do share a common interest(craze) in something right? :)
Nice knowing u guys/gals! :wink:


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 Post subject: Oh, alright then...
PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2002 12:07 am 
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What is it, that compels you to come back here ?
You never know what you will find here. It's absolutely unpredictable. Plus everyone is talking about Rubik's puzzles. I think I check it more often then my own e-mails.

Since when have you started collecting rubik & non Rubik style puzzles ?
Considering that these puzzles were not widely available in Soviet Union I can not count that time. I managed to get a few there. Though I started buying them more since I moved to UK about 10 years ago (still I was buying them as and when, not regularly)

How many Twisty puzzles do you own ?,
About 35

How much is your collection worth ? (approx.)
In which currency, roubles? (just joking) Not a lot, must be about £200. Mind you I don't know how much I could get for Rubik's domino on e-bay,(never saw one)

How much do you spend on puzzles per year ?
I don't think I come accross them regularly. This year I must've spent just over £110. Would it be $150?

What is your favorite puzzle ?
I like the looks of my Stern, Megaminx is cool though play a lot with 3*3*3 and variants.

Which one is your most valuable ?
Rubik's Domino: god knows how much it would cost on e-bay now.

Which one is your rarest ?
Rubik's Domino I think. Though I have this Skewb-globe like in Hendrik's shop but with names of continents, oceans,mountains on it.


Your favorite puzzle site or link ? (other than this one !)
Jaaps and Hendrik's ones

Good idea Michael


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 Post subject: Ok, but you too Michael
PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2002 12:43 am 
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Location: Great State of Washington
What is it, that compels you to come back here ?

Info on new puzzles, rare finds, trades, the custom puzzles are fascinating.

Since when have you started collecting rubik & non
Rubik style puzzles ?

I have had some puzzles from 15 years ago and then one day I did a search on ebay for Rubik. That was 2 years ago. I have been active collector ever since.

How many Twisty puzzles do you own ?

Including size & sticker variations, jigsaw puzzles, rubik books, Rubik disco lamp, 150+ items. I am hoping to put a website together soon with my collection.

How much is your collection worth ? (approx.)

Based on my rare puzzles, probably a few thousand. I don't even want to know what I have spent in the last 2 years

How much do you spend on puzzles per year ?

I sold 4 Dogic's last year that financed a good chunk of my collection. Profited about $1000 that I used to grow my collection

Which Puzzle is your favorite?

Don't really have a favorite. I haven't had too much time to sit back and enjoy too many of them. The 5x5x5 is always a challenge I can sit back and try to figure out.

Which one is your most valuable ?

My Domino is the one I paid the most for

Which one is your rarest ?

Toss up between (Dogic, Domino, Dino, Maze & Rabbits with original boxes, Octahedron)

Your favorite puzzle site or link ? (other than this one !)

Jaaps site got me started. I started collecting all the ones on his site since I knew I could mess them up and solve them. The virtual puzzle museum, Hendriks, Mefferts. I also got a lot of variations from Pete Becks "Just Puzzles" store.


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 Post subject: Medoug
PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2002 4:31 am 
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Q: What is it, that compels you to come back here ?
A: Info about newly released puzzles, sources for puzzles, cool cube customizing, general cube discussions, etc.

Q: Since when have you started collecting rubik & non Rubik style puzzles ?
A: My collection started in the early ‘80’s as a teen. Not really having any real money at that age, I was fortunate to build my collection of about 10 puzzles given to me as gifts at Christmas and Birthdays. Then about 3 or 4 years ago, after not collecting for over a decade, I stumbled across the robot that could solve the cube while searching the internet for information on robotics. That spurred my curiosity, so I did a search for “Rubik” and was rehooked.

Q: How many Twisty puzzles do you own ?,
A: Probably around 100.

Q: How much is your collection worth ? (approx.)
A: I would guess much more than I spent on it. (I was lucky a few years ago when I got a Dino cube and a knockoff 3x3x2 for $20 each.) According to Ebay prices, it would probably be worth about $1000.

Q: How much do you spend on puzzles per year ?
A: Probably about $100.

Q: What is your favorite puzzle ?
A: No matter what new puzzle I’m playing with, I always come back to the standard 3x3x3 Rubik’s cube.

Q: Which one is your most valuable ?
A: Probably my Dino cube.

Q: Which one is your rarest ?
A: Probably my Dino cube.

Q: Your favorite puzzle site or link ? (other than this one !)
A: This site is my favorite by a long shot. Here’s a few of the others that I enjoy:
http://www.mefferts-puzzles.com
http://www.puzzle-shop.de
http://www.rubiks.com
ftp://ftp.ai.mit.edu/pub/cube-lovers/
http://www.calormen.com/vpm/
http://www.ebay.com
(Yeah, I know Ebay is not specifically a puzzle site, but it is amazing what you can learn about puzzles there.)

Q: May the real ...ahust, cubologist, ddv239, dragonrfa, ethused, little-sam, marcoalz@tin.it, medoug, omegaminx, pharle, puzzlefriend, puzzlemeister1, sandythompsn, sum1else, tmanx, and others...please stand up...!
A: Doug Mueller
a.k.a. "medoug" on Ebay and other places
medoug65@hotmail.com


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 Post subject: Darren above
PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2002 4:48 am 
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sorry about that. That was me above


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 Post subject: Alas, No Doubles
PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2002 6:25 am 
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I wish I had them to sell.


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 Post subject: Thanks for taking the time (Great read !)
PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2002 7:00 am 
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Location: Montreal, Canada
What is it, that compels you to come back here ?
i.e. new information for building new puzzles/ modifying existing ones,
general information concerning HTF puzzles, scoops, anything else ?

All of the above, and I like the fact that this forum is immune to stupid posts,
always something interesting going on here. VERY ADDICTIVE !!!!
Unfortunately Rubiks.com Forum & Meffert's bulletin board do not fill the bill.

Since when have you started collecting rubik & non Rubik style puzzles ?

I started collecting puzzles a couple of years ago, I enjoy Binary arts puzzles & games too.
the only kind of puzzles that i don't like, are the disentanglement ones.
( I find that mechanical puzzles, i.e. Rubik type, are esthetically more appealing
and "cry out" to be taking into your hands.)
I used to search every nook & cranny on the internet, every single Toy shop that would be on my path
would be visited, but last February i decided to go on eBay...definitely the place to "find" what WE are looking for !

How many Twisty puzzles do you own ?,

About 60- 70, Several M.I.B. (I do not collect sticker variations of 3x3x3) and several books.
(My goal was to only have all of the Original Rubiks,
but everyone knows that once you start collecting, its hard to stop.)

How much is your collection worth ? (approx.)

Only God knows & the Devil doubts !

How much do you spend on puzzles per year ?

More than I should, but not enough I would like to ... :)
...since I live in Canada, all theses puzzles cost a lot more,
(our Canadian dollar is worth +/- .60 cent US ) :(

What is your favorite puzzle ?

I guess it would be the Dogic, but since I dont own one...My Original 3 x 3 x 3, Master Magic.

Which one is your most valuable ?

All of them..to my eyes, but to my girlfriends...none of them ! (hehe)

Which one is your rarest ?

Rubik Revenge M.I.B. (Cylinder container)
...and if I wouldn't have open my BIG mouth, maybe that Rubik Maze & Rubik Hat M.I.B
that I had found in Germany...hope you like them Dodd !

Your favorite puzzle site or link ? (other than this one !)

Jaaps is by far the most informative + great links, virtual puzzle museum, Ebay, Hendriks,

May the real ...ahust, cubologist, ddv239, dragonrfa, ethused, little-sam, marcoalz@tin.it, medoug, omegaminx, pharle, puzzlefriend, puzzlemeister1, sandythompsn, sum1else, tmanx, and others...please stand up...!

Michael a.k.a goingtwice!! on eBay
michael.cote@sympatico.ca


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 Post subject: original klodshans
PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2002 7:14 am 
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What is it, that compels you to come back here ?
Just to see what's happening on the scene. I ordered a Rainbow Cube right away for instance.

Since when have you started collecting rubik & non Rubik style puzzles ?
Back in 1981. I had a few like Pyraminx (a fake one), Ten Billion etc. Stumled over a Rubik's Tangle in 1991, Clock and Magic in 1992, found Bandelow via cube-lovers in 1996 and from then on my collection … EXPLODED …

How many Twisty puzzles do you own ?,
About 150 not including keychains. On top of that as many pushy and slidy puzzles.

How much is your collection worth ? (approx.)
I just had a blackout. What was the question again?

How much do you spend on puzzles per year ?
A vague guess would be $1000, maybe more.

What is your favorite puzzle ?
Revenge Cube.

Which one is your most valuable ?
Magic Domino.

Which one is your rarest ?
Magic Domino again, or Rabbits, Maze, my Fisher Icosahedron, the east german Star Puzzle. I also have a small 2x3x3 Marvel Domino but that one has a broken edge piece.

Your favorite puzzle site or link ? (other than this one !)
Hendrik's site because he makes such a good job of having pictures of each of his items. His collection is amazing. I also like eBay since many of my most precious Puzzles were found there.

May the real ...ahust, cubologist, ddv239, dragonrfa, ethused, little-sam, marcoalz@tin.it, medoug, omegaminx, pharle, puzzlefriend, puzzlemeister1, sandythompsn, sum1else, tmanx, and others...please stand up...!

Philip K a.k.a. klodshans


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 Post subject: So you want to know
PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2002 7:23 am 
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Since when have you started collecting rubik & non Rubik style puzzles ?
Since 1982 when I got my first Rubik. Seriously, since 1999 when I started surfing the net.

How many Twisty puzzles do you own ?
Over 100, but I don't limit myself to twisty puzzles. I also have puzzle boxes, disentanglement puzzles, put together puzzles and take apart puzzles (see description and examples in the Puzzle World website (http://johnrausch.com/PuzzleWorld/default.htm).

How much do you spend on puzzles per year ?
God knows I don't want to know. One thin is certain, however, I don't have the budget that some of you appear to have since I have never bought a puzzle for over $100 (I should've bought a Dogic, though)

What is your favorite puzzle ?
I most proud of the puzzles I've made - Ball in Cube, Cube in Ball, Starbust, 3x3x2, 4x2x2, 3x3x3 bandaged my way.

Which one is your most valuable ? Which one is your rarest ?
My Tony Fisher puzzles - Halperns tetrahedron,siamese skewb and octaminx

Your favorite puzzle site or link ? (other than this one !)
1) Puzzle World
http://johnrausch.com/PuzzleWorld/default.htm
2) Puzzle Museum and Shop
http://puzzle-shop.de/start-museum.html
3) Jaaps page
http://www.org2.com/jaap/puzzles/
4) Virtual Puzzle Museum
http://www.calormen.com/vpm/
5) Japanese Pages (Hiroaki Koyama,Kar Watanabe)
http://homepage2.nifty.com/seg00/
http://member.nifty.ne.jp/puzzle_cube/index.html
6) The Puzzle Museum (not rubik's)
http://www.puzzlemuseum.com/

Go ahead, check them all if you have not done so before !!!


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 Post subject: where else can you get good info?
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I only post on this site every once in a blue moon.

What is it, that compels you to come back here ? I read the postings every day. I'm always looking for new puzzles, and this is a great venue for finding them.

Since when have you started collecting rubik & non Rubik style puzzles ? I got my first rubik's cube back in the early 80's. When I solved it my mom bought me a new one. (I sure wish she were here to do that now. she'd save me alot of money!)

How many Twisty puzzles do you own ?, Well over 100. I do have many many different variations on the 3x3x3. They take up a footlocker, a duffle bag and a back pack. I also have many disentanglement puzzle and quite a few wooden burrs. Dear old husband keeps urging me to get rid of them. Fat chance. I tried before and chickened out. Another collector emailed me and called me a fool for thinking about it.

How much is your collection worth ? (approx.) My husband reads this forum too so I won't even hazzard a guess.

How much do you spend on puzzles per year ? Same as above. But now I can justify the cost...I have a daughter and when she gets older they will help her develop her cognative skills. he he he.... (feel free to borrow that one)

What is your favorite puzzle ? 3x3x3 definately. It's easy to impress people with, and it always strikes up a conversation when I pull it out on the train.

Which one is your most valuable ? Domino, Dogic (would have been the rabbit had Dodd not put in a bid one minute before the auction ended...feel free to give out more German auctions Michael.)

Which one is your rarest ? Domino, Dogic, Chi Gung ball

Your favorite puzzle site or link ? (other than this one !) hmmm.....Hendrik's page, the old virtual puzzle museum, Japp's page


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 Post subject: Me, up close and personal
PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2002 10:00 am 
What is it, that compels you to come back here ?
General info, advice from more experienced collectors, sharing ideas for new puzzles, commiserating over Rubik's site and selection.

Since when have you started collecting rubik & non Rubik style puzzles ?
Summer 2000. I got sick of Star Wars toys (for the most part) and wanted to find something more rewarding.

How many Twisty puzzles do you own ?
About 30. Three things happened at once: I lost count, realized I had too many, and became afraid to take inventory since I'd probably be shocked at the number.

How much is your collection worth ? (approx.)
I really don't want to know.

How much do you spend on puzzles per year ?
$200-250.

What is your favorite puzzle ?
3x3x3. At least until I solve it. (Yes, really.)

Which one is your most valuable ?
Probably the Dogic, from a purely monetary perspective.

Which one is your rarest ?
Oh boy. Magic Jack, original Megaminx in box, or my Triamid 3x3x3 custom.

Your favorite puzzle site or link ? (other than this one !)
http://search-desc.ebay.com/search/search.dll?query=%400+rubik%2A+rubic%2A+rubix%2A+%2Drubicon+%2Drubicam+%2Drubicite+%2Dcamera+%2Drubika&srchdesc=y&ebaytag1=ebayreg&ht=1&combine=y&SortProperty=MetaNewSort&st=2&skip=50


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 Post subject: That was me
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D'oh. :)

Also, I'm recovering from pneumonia and swamped at work (which don't go well together), so anyone who sent me mail recently - I will get back to you!


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 Post subject: ritakin
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hehe
i dont need any ritalin.
i just cant think of anything else to build. NO!!!!!


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 Post subject: All about Sandy
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What is it, that compels you to come back here ?
Are you kidding? I love you guys! You're all a bunch of nerds just like me!

Since when have you started collecting rubik & non Rubik style puzzles ?
Since I fell in love with them again late last year. My first modern-day purchase was mid-October.

How many Twisty puzzles do you own ?
I have at least 60 of them (sticker variations included), with a dozen Rubik's books, and some other miscellaneous Rubik collectibles.

How much is your collection worth ? (approx.)
Probably about half as much as I've paid for it.

How much do you spend on puzzles per year ?
Since October, I've spent $912.72 US on eBay alone. I've also placed a $72 order with Meffert and a $74 order with Rubik in the past few weeks. What's that add up to... damn near $1100 in 4 months. Sheesh. Why'd you have to ask me this!? Thank god my wife doesn't read this forum.

What is your favorite puzzle ?
If it wasn't for the 3x3x3, we wouldn't be here. Hard not to favour that. All in all, I definately still play with it most. Although these days, it's been more studying of Mark's variations than just a normal cube.

Which one is your most valuable ?
The $1 cube I bought from a vending machine in Hungary a few years ago when my wife an I were on our honeymoon! (Just in case my wife does find this post, I have to make up for the $1100 in four months!!!) But seriously, I'd have to go with my original 12 colour megaminx, I guess. I'm still searching for the better puzzles.

Which one is your rarest ?
I'm betting that Cube in a Jar ranks up there, but it probably doesn't count. So, let's go with the Megaminx again. Like I said, still searching for the better puzzles.

Your favorite puzzle site or link ? (other than this one !)
Let me say first off that I think the Rubik's forum stinks. I read that one a few days ago, and got really sick of seeing the same questions over and over, and some moron posting "This site has lots of Rubik's puzzles" in every thread. I won't even get into the fact that I've tried posting 3 times, and it hasn't worked. I expect more from them.

So, that's what I don't like. I enjoyed the Puzzle Museum immensely. I used that solution to solve the 3x3x3 and 4x4x4 for the first time. Hard not to love sites like Jaaps and Hendrik's too.

Here's another favourite. Although it's not twisty related, it's definately puzzle related. I've been posting solutions to puzzles there for years:
http://www.ecst.csuchico.edu/~kend/potw/

May the real ...
"sandythompsn" on eBay, as if you couldn't guess. I was a little peeved that they didn't let me use my e-mail address... new policy they said.

Also, he's a bio I posted way down in the forum a few days ago. I doubt anyone looks way down there these days, so here's a copy:

I used to be a musician until I realized how much living on the road sucked, so I quit the band and went back to school. I became a computer programmer type (a lot of us around here, it seems). I do web, multimedia, and a lot of other stuff that's too boring to be buzz words. Check me out at http://www.prevalence.com

I'm a guy, not a girl (curse my parents for that name), and I'm happily married.

I thoroughly enjoy board games. A group of friends and I get together every Sunday like clockwork. We choose from a collection that's easily over 100 titles. I also enjoy math and logic problems (http://www.ecst.csuchico.edu/~kend/potw/ is a fav), movies, and roleplaying games.

I've never really thought of it before, but it looks like I embody the entire socially outcast geek stereotype.

Geez.

Sandy


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 Post subject: Looks like a good place for me to give my answers...
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I have been in a few bands too - I play lead guitar. What did you play? And what sort of music did you play? Ive never been in a band which wasnt fairly heavy...

Also, Im into maths a bit - Im just starting a PhD at Sydney University in Australia. For a bit of name dropping, my supervisor last year was Don Taylor - the guy who wrote the very famous book on how to solve the cube. We had heaps of good talks about puzzles - hes a real genius and he let me play with his Alexander's Star before I found one on ebay.

To answer some of the questions which ive forgotten most of:

i have about 30 puzzles maybe (?), at least one of each platonic solid so my most rare/valuable is the dogic. almost all are from mefferts and i have almost all mefferts current range.

as for spending habits, i bought every single one of my puzzles in the last year as i first solved the cube as a maths project about a year ago. i then bought a 4x4x4 and 5x5x5 from mefferts soon after - i was disappointed at first that the little cubies werent as big as the 3x3x3 cubies :) now my 5x5x5 is tiled and looks sensational (tyler, at least, would agree that tiles are the way to go). nothing else i have would amaze any of you guys, almost all of my mefferts puzzles (megaminx, 4x4x4, etc) are tiled and i know some of them they sell now arent.

favourite sites? jaap's, denny's, hendrik's which everyone seems to know. also i have a favourite which lets you play with much larger cubes than are physically possible:

http://www.nrr.co.uk/rubik/

the following has some very interesting puzzles to play with (including the pentultimate):

http://www.byrden.com/puzzles/MainFrames.html

anyway, i think thats it.

oh, why do i come back? because you guys are always interesting and have cool ideas. i can also bounce my own ideas off you. im probably more interested these days in just looking at all the amazing puzzles there are and imagining the solutions and comlications...


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 Post subject: Re: Looks like a good place for me to give my answers...
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at least someone agrees with me that tiles are better.
when meffert's professors are back, im going to get one tiled. i have a wahn tiled, but i would like one of the new ones too. i didnt do so great a job with the tiles, but paint thinner fixed it.
but, before i realized paint thinner would do it, i tried to scrape it off with a knife, cut a little plastic instead.
Are meffert's well applied? or not really


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 Post subject: mefferts tiles
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my tiled mefferts 4x4x4 is brilliant - ive never even come close to losing a tile off it. and i dont think i ever will. my megaminx is tiled but as the tiles are so much smaller, the odd one falls off every now and then. i just use superglue to put them back on and they will stay there forever.


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 Post subject: Nice 2 hear from u!
PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2002 11:32 pm 
Once in a while it's good 2 get news of the veterans in puzzle-collecting, hope 2 c u post more here on Twisty's :)
Welcome back!


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 Post subject: Rare 10-colored Megaminx
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Actually, now that I rethink it, my rarest puzzle is probably my 10-colored Tomy Megaminx. Yes, 10, not 12. For a very brief period of time during the early '80's, Tomy made a handful of 10-colored Megaminxes. (I read this in the cube-lovers archives.) I assume they temporarily ran out of stickers for the last two colors so they just added a second yellow and orange face. Of course, it probably isn't worth any more money than a 12-colored Megaminx because you could easily make one by swapping the stickers on two faces of two Megaminxes.

Because both the second and first set of orange-yellow faces were next to each other, there were two orange-yellow edge cubes. (Getting these swapped would cause the puzzle to be insolvable, kind of like what can happen on the Alexander's Star.) Fortunately, however, if you looked closely, you could determine where each orange-yellow edge belonged using the tiny grooves in the stickers.

Does anyone else have one of these 10-colored Megaminxes? I'm curious because I'm wondering exactly how rare it really is.


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 Post subject: Another 10-color Megaminx
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Interesting. I never thought about this. My Tomy Megaminx has 2 bright red faces opposite each other, and two adjoining yellow faces opposite each other. It has exactly two identical red/yellow edges. What happens if these two are interchanged? Can the puzzle be solved if they are?


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 Post subject: Re: mefferts tiles
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that 4x4 tiled i got about a week ago from ebay (thanks sandy for the link) lost 1 piece today. first time i ever solved the 4x4 by myself!
i fixed it though, with some superglue, like u said


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 Post subject: About Walt
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Q: What is it, that compels you to come back here ?
A: To convince myself I am not crazy for having this interest. To learn about new puzzles, solutions, HTF, construction ideas etc.?

Q: Since when have you started collecting rubik & non Rubik style puzzles ?
A: 1980 or 1981

Q: How many Twisty puzzles do you own ?,
A: 85 twisty puzzles plus half a dozen duplicates, a few broken ones and several worn out Revenges and Square 1s. About 50 non twisty puzzles. I am counting the Coke can puzzle and Missing Link in the twisty count even though they are not truly 3d puzzles. The are more like 2 and a half dimensions.

Q: How much is your collection worth ? (approx.)
A: $1000?

Q: How much do you spend on puzzles per year ?
A: About $100 per year but it varies as my interest comes and goes.

Q: What is your favorite puzzle ?
A: Whatever I got last. Ultimate Skewb turns great, looks good and is hard enough to be interesting. Love the detent when pieces align. I have worn out 4 Revenges.

Q: Which one is your most valuable ?
A: Dino or Dogic I guess.

Q: Which one is your rarest ?
A: A couple of handmade ones. Dogic, Dino or Wrist Twist maybe

Q: Your favorite puzzle site or link ? (other than this one !)
A: The usual ones listed by others. Jaap's site, Puzzle Museum, Hendrik Haaks, etc.. But also Byrden.com virtual puzzle collection and Mark Longridge's mother of all pages.

Q: May the real ... please stand up...!
A: Walter Smith, Walt Smith or The Puzzler a few times in the Cube Lovers Mail List.

ETC...

Acomplishments:
I wrote a program that solves a Rubik's Cube back in the late 80's. I never described it before in a forum or in Cube Lovers because there are so many that work better than mine but I get satisfaction out of it. It works unlike any I have read of.

Wish List:
I wish there was a place for discusion of cube theory, mathematics, and computer algrothrims.

I wish those dealers with volumes of cubes would sell them some place other that ebay and at a reasonable price.

I wish manufactures would post lists of the production date range of various models and quantities produced. (They may not know themselves)


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 Post subject: me myself and I
PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2002 2:32 pm 
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> What is it, that compels you to come back here?

Scoops (I wouldn't have found the rainbow cube otherwise), and I like theorizing about new puzzle designs even though I don't have the skills, materials and time to make them.

> Since when have you started collecting rubik & non Rubik style puzzles ?
Since 1980 or 1981, but only really collected a lot during the last 10 years or so.

> How many Twisty puzzles do you own ?,
I don't know for sure. It also depends on how you count things - is a keychain cube counted separately? I guess I have about 80-120.

> How much is your collection worth ? (approx.)
Don't know and I don't care.

> How much do you spend on puzzles per year ?
Don't know and I don't care. Last year I spent more than in the previous five together.

> What is your favorite puzzle ?
The one and only cube of course. I keep learning or finding out new stuff about it.
I like playing with the Rubik's Magic.
The one that impresses me most due to sheer scale is the Dogic.

> Which one is your most valuable ?
Dogic, Rubik's Domino, Rubik's Maze.

> Which one is your rarest ?
Dogic, Rubik's Domino, Rubik's Maze. I don't have any valuable puzzles that aren't rare, or rare puzzles that are not valuable. Strange.

> Your favorite puzzle site or link ? (other than this one !)
My own site obviously.
http://www.org2.com/jaap/puzzles


> May the real ...ahust, cubologist, ddv239, dragonrfa, ethused, little-sam, marcoalz@tin.it, medoug, omegaminx pharle, puzzlefriend, puzzlemeister1, sandythompsn, sum1else, tmanx, and others...please stand up...!
I am always 'jaapsch' or '_jaap'


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 Post subject: Good to see you
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I'm glad that you're still floating around in the puzzle scene. You really should consider putting some of your Escher puzzles on sale for others to enjoy.


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 Post subject: What is a Wrist Twist?
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I've never heard of this puzzle Wrist Twist.


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 Post subject: Re: Re: mefferts tiles
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Tiles: My first (and still only) 5x5x5 is a Mefferts. I've had it for two or three years now, I think. A single yellow tile off it sometime last year. It's glue was a little gummy, and eventually it came off. I was really smart and put it "somewhere it wouldn't get lost". I wonder how long it'll be until I find it again?

James / Music (WARNING - way off topic): I started playing gigs at 15 on bass guitar. I was in three bands before I left my small home town. Two of which were gigging and had achieved small-town popularity. One was a country band (bass), the other was a 80's pop-rock band (bass & vocals). The third only played one gig before I split (vocals). It was a heavy metal band and while it was more fun than the others, that was about all it was.

A duo playing mostly country and maritime/celtic music stopped by to play a local bar one weekend, and I convinced them to let me play along. I did, and left with them a few days later. That was classic.

I played with them for about 3 years (bass, acoustic guitar, piano, vocals, and mandolin). We dropped the country, and focused on Canadiana East-Coast musics, recorded two albums, and toured across Canada twice doing all kinds of fun gigs, concerts, tv and radio shows. I quit in the middle of the second tour. Being a musician is fun for a while, but sucks in the long run.

Sandy


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 Post subject: Tonix
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What is it, that compels you to come back here ?

New puzzles, info, trading

Since when have you started collecting rubik & non Rubik style puzzles ?
Since 1980

How many Twisty puzzles do you own ?
about 200

How much is your collection worth ? (approx.)
To much

How much do you spend on puzzles per year ?
To much

What is your favorite puzzle ?
Rubiks 3x3x3 speedcube, home made 2x2x3 and 3x3x2 Fisher cube

Which one is your most valuable ?
Sealed Rubiks Magic Domino, Sealed Rubiks Mate

Which one is your rarest ?
Sealed Rubiks Magic Domino, Sealed Rubiks Mate, Dogic, Sealed Rubiks Revenge & Master cube , Sealed Rubiks World. I have all most all Rubiks sealed in mint condition

Your favorite puzzle site or link ? (other than this one !)
http://www.speedcubing.com/
http://www.calormen.com/vpm/
http://www.org2.com/jaap/puzzles/


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 Post subject: Galvosukiai
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What is it, that compels you to come back here?
News, new ideas, sense of community. Interest to puzzles, which makes us unique in eyes of our friends, colleagues here seems so common and natural :) .

Since when have you started collecting rubik & non Rubik style puzzles?
My interest was inspired by wire puzzles in 1974. I got my first Rubik’s cube in 1982 or 1983.

How many Twisty puzzles do you own?
I have also non Rubik style puzzles in my collection. It is unclear, which of them to count in. Rubik’s Snake, for example, isn’t typical one. If to count it, there are some similar playthings.
I think, there are 90 - 100 puzzles of our common interest. I don’t look for sticker variations, if they don’t result into simpler or harder puzzle. Idea is the most valuable element of every puzzle for me.
As most of you I can’t estimate value of my collection. I have studied Corporate Finance in masters program last semester, but Miller’s models are inapplicable in our case :) .

How much do you spend on puzzles per year?
It depends… I hope it must be less than $150. Living level isn’t high in Lithuania, so here it is a significant amount.

What is your favorite puzzle? (Other than Rubik’s Cube!)
I like Rubik’s Magic and it’s variations. I have to mention 4x4x4 cube and Skewb here as well.

Which one is your most valuable?
Domino, if to believe eBay prices.

Which one is your rarest?
I have a few rare puzzles from the Soviet time. Probably the Magic Ball with its original box is the rarest. It was made in Armenia; is mathematically equivalent to Rainbow Masterball.

Your favorite puzzle site or link ? (other than this one !)
All best links already posted :) . My links are out of mainstream, but I’ve learned a lot here:
http://www.drking.worldonline.co.uk/hexagons/flexagons/index.html
http://www.darsie.net/string/

Only for those, who don’t understand Lithuanian :-): “galvosukiai” means “puzzles”.


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 Post subject: 10 colors
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I too have a 10 color Megaminx with a duplicate red-yellow edge piece. It can not be solved with the pieces placed in the "wrong" place. This adds to the difficulty. It took a long time before I discovered that this was keeping me from solving the puzzle half of the time.


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 Post subject: My answers
PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2002 12:59 pm 
>What is it, that compels you to come back here?
I would like to know what happens in puzzle market.
>When you started collectin Rubik's & non Rubik's style?
I began collecting about 3 years ago.
>How many?
20 twisty puzzles (50 other puzzles)
>How much is your collection worth?
US$1,000
>How much do you spend...?
US$300 ( for twisty puzzles)
>What it your favorite puzzles?
Dogic1
I also like rainbow cube, since I am Japanese.
>What is your most valuable?
Dogic1
>Which one is your rarest?
Rubik's cube Ojarumaru version
>Your favorite puzzle site?
http://www.torito.co.jp/shopping/shopping.html

My wife would like to have me stop collecting them.

Regards,
Masaki


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 Post subject: Re: me myself and I
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How do you pronounce your names? Just curious!

Mike Godfrey


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 Post subject: Escher Cubes
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It's nice to see you back too Jin! I am considering the matter of the Escher cubes but don't quite have the time to do it. My next step would be to make Escher versions on basis of Rainbow, the 2x2x2 Harry Potter, and Mefferts Skewb Octahedron. Incidentally, I suggested Meffert to make a round Escher Puzzle in line of his Disney Balls, and he was interested. Obviously he would need to coop with the Escher Estate on this.
Those interested can see 4 of my Escher Puzzles at http://hjem.get2net.dk/philip-k/puzzles/mcecube.htm


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 Post subject: Wrist Twist
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It looks like it was called a "Disco Puzzle" in Japan. Look on this page for it.

http://homepage2.nifty.com/seg00/maru2.htm

To get to the home page of this site, hit the dot at the bottom left corner of the page.

The puzzle is sliced once like a bagel. Each colored segment is divided into 4 pieces which can rotate around the main torus axis. It's not very hard. I do not have the original box. It was loose in a toy store and only sold for a couple of bucks. Someone in the Cube Lovers mail list told me it is called a Wrist Twist. A reference to the fact that it could be worn as a bracelet I guess.


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 Post subject: 10-color Megaminx
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Maybe the 10-color Megaminx isn't as uncommon as I originally thought. Thanks to everyone that responded.

Doug.


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 Post subject: I was missing you...
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Hi Philip,
I was missing you last year at the dutch cube day.


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 Post subject: Hexhexaflexagons
PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2002 4:45 am 
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No, I'm not stuttering with my keyboard. Galvosukiai gave the link to a page that shows you how to make Hexahexaflexagons. To anyone who wonders what this is, it is a very cool way of folding paper into a hexagon shape which can display one of 6 different images between flexes. It's pretty hard to describe. Anyone who has interest in puzzles/toys such as the Rubik Magics series or the Yoshi Star would probably enjoy these. They are quick and easy to do; just follow the instructions at the website that Galvosukiai gave.

Enjoy,
Doug.


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 Post subject: Conversely
PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2002 8:05 pm 
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Maybe my 12-colour Megaminx is MORE uncommon than I originally thought!

Sandy


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 Post subject: I wanted to go
PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2002 9:53 pm 
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That weekend I wanted to go but at the same time there was a very exiting workshop here in Copenhagen - so I had to choose! I understand you got a Cheese at Cube Day, the year before I got a Magic Cross amongst other HTF Puzzles. I will definately try and attend this year.


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