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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2007 8:14 am 
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Beware Magic Daze! A new puzzle is now the most elegant magic in my collection!

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Tower of Mahjong:

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The theme is based on the chinese game Mahjong. It is played like a mix between a domino and a card game, and it is played with 144 different block tiles, out which 42 are unique.

As seen in the tilemap below, there are three parts numbered from 1 to 9, four which represnt the four seasons, four which represent four flowers, four representing four winds, and three representing three dragons (42 total).
Most of them need some understading of the chinese characters (which I am a bit familiar with, thanks to my Singapore friend connection) and the placing of the tiles are not random at all. In fact I made a small mistake while building it, and had to almost restring it totally, to make sure the paper tiles are in the correct place!!!

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Moreover, it is a 21-tile magic puzzle after all, and to hold the entire single loop, I had to use three green elastic rings to hold it in its "tower" state.

In the picture below is what happens without the elastic rings LOL

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The second solution (photos below) looks more like the style when four players have spread their mahjong pieces on the table.

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Here is a picture with the two different solutions. Going from one to another, is not only tedious, but it can be a nightmare!!!

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It is a very elegant and carefully made puzzle. And because of its natural creme color (similar to the original mahjong pieces), it looks as if it was made of ivory. And as stated, the placement and numbering of the tiles, is far from random! ;)

Finally, here is a photo of the Tower of Mahjong beside my most popular puzzle so far, the Secret of Atlantis.

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:)





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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2007 8:18 am 
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Holy crap!

Let me being the first one to admire your work. One more time you have beatten yourself and have come out with such a nice creation! Well done Pantazis!

Your imagination will never stop dude! :):)

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I think it's time we chop your fingers off?

Great work!

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rastarubik wrote:
Holy crap!

Let me being the first one to admire your work. One more time you have beatten yourself and have come out with such a nice creation! Well done Pantazis!

Your imagination will never stop dude! :):)



Thanks David, you are also an amazing puzzle builder, let's see how that Magic Dino goes... (if I don't win the auction, can you make another one for me? LOL)



Pembo wrote:
I think it's time we chop your fingers off?

Great work!


Not until I finish another magic LOL
(but I won't ever do again prototypes that have more than 15-20 tiles!)




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This is nice, Pantazi! I think because I play Mahjongg nearly every day.


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kastellorizo wrote:

Pembo wrote:
I think it's time we chop your fingers off?

Great work!


Not until I finish another magic LOL
(but I won't ever do again prototypes that have more than 15-20 tiles!)

Pantazis


Awesome build I have to say first. If this keeps up I'll never get you paid off :wink: . I like play that game once in a while. :cry: Please don't say those nasty words and now your going to have to brainwash me :cry: . :wink: I know you know what I'm talking about. :wink:

Georges wrote:
This is nice, Pantazi! I think because I play Mahjongg nearly every day.


Are those Dovetail cuts in that picture because that what it looks like to me any way. I hope I'm saying the cut right in the picture.


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Darren Grewe wrote:
Georges wrote:
This is nice, Pantazi! I think because I play Mahjongg nearly every day.

Are those Dovetail cuts in that picture because that what it looks like to me any way. I hope I'm saying the cut right in the picture.

Yes, but only electronic dovetail cuts. I play Mahjongg on the PC.


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Several years ago my (now ex-) girl-friend got a real Mahjongg game from me.
It is wonderful to play with the stones instead of using a PC (what I also do today). The PC is less effort, but there are much more games to play than usual PC programs offer. You can nearly compare it with playing with a real Rubik's Cube instead of a PC simulation (although you can try 6x6x6plus simulations already before a real one is available for everyone - except Georges :lol:)

Sooner or later I'll buy a new Mahjongg game....

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Daaaaaamn!!

That looks awesome Pantazis!!

I wish I was more into magics. But I do have to say that you've been coming out with really great ones.

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keep up the good work :D :D

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Oops.

When commenting to the Mahjongg game, I forgot to reply to Pantazis design: This is really a beautiful idea. The Mahjongg tiles give a real aesthetic look to the Magic tiles. I love it. Really, perfectly done, Pantazis!!

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Pantazis,

I like magic designs, when other puzzles/games symbols and pictures are used. We already had a few examples: playing cards, domino, Dino cube, Rubik's cube and dice, chess. Congratulations with the Mahjong idea!
Are there any other nice looking and widely known games/puzzles we missed? :wink:

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Georges wrote:
This is nice, Pantazi! I think because I play Mahjongg nearly every day.


Is it Kyodai Mahjong? ;)
I used to be addicted this solitaire game and had to unisnstall it LOL




Darren Grewe wrote:
Awesome build I have to say first. If this keeps up I'll never get you paid off :wink: . I like play that game once in a while. :cry: Please don't say those nasty words and now your going to have to brainwash me :cry: . :wink: I know you know what I'm talking about. :wink:


LOL ok ok I promise, not nasty words any more! :P
When I get enough tiles (I am running out again! LOL) I will make a 22 tile Magic Master Maze... promise!




reeeech wrote:
Daaaaaamn!!

That looks awesome Pantazis!!

I wish I was more into magics. But I do have to say that you've been coming out with really great ones.


Thanks reeeech!!! When you said "Daaaaaamn", it had six vals compared to the four in "reeeech". So you must indeed like it LOL :P
As for getting inot magics, it is never too late!!!




Myke wrote:
keep up the good work :D :D


Thanks Myke, I will try, as long as Pembo doesn't chop off my fingers!!! :lol:




Frank Tiex wrote:
This is really a beautiful idea. The Mahjongg tiles give a real aesthetic look to the Magic tiles. I love it. Really, perfectly done, Pantazis!!

- Frank -


Vielen Dank Frank! Yes, it looks really wonderful, as you said the aesthetic makes it look as if it was a super expensive puzzle digged from the past LOL
(when I got hungry before, I even felt it was made of white chocolate LOL)




Juozas Granskas wrote:
Pantazis,

I like magic designs, when other puzzles/games symbols and pictures are used. We already had a few examples: playing cards, domino, Dino cube, Rubik's cube and dice, chess. Congratulations with the Mahjong idea!
Are there any other nice looking and widely known games/puzzles we missed? :wink:


Should we try monopoly? LOL ok ok just kidding!

But it could be worth it to make a nice tile variation of poker cards. The design template should be smart enough so that depending on the configuration, you could have a better combiantion (flush or full house). I might give a try to that. ;)




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I would love to have that hand in a game.


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Very cool!

BTW, who's that guy that keeps hanging around your puzzles? Roommate? :wink:


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kastellorizo wrote:
Georges wrote:
This is nice, Pantazi! I think because I play Mahjongg nearly every day.


Is it Kyodai Mahjong? ;)
I used to be addicted this solitaire game and had to unisnstall it LOL

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Swordsman Kirby wrote:
I would love to have that hand in a game.


Me too! :P



misterpoopoohead wrote:
Very cool!

BTW, who's that guy that keeps hanging around your puzzles? Roommate? :wink:


Thanks Kevin!

The other guy i indeed my roommate. His name is Stelios and helped Greece win the Euro Football Champ in 2004! After that he agreed to help me be a comparison guide for my puzzles! ;)



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Moraff's MoreJongg 3D http://www.moraff.com/


Mmmm... nice! :D




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