I guess I forgot to post the campaign here. Oops! Thing’s taking off like a rocket! Well, a rocket relative to me anyway.
On rules set v5 and board design v4. This is the game for the roll & write anthology this year. It’s turning out pretty good! The board looks pretty nice after a game’s done.
These 2 cards (4 sides) layout the entire framework to play and make games with the Adventure Card System.
My crummy random walk algorithm can handle a 4x4 pretty easily (the reason being that it brute forces the path). I was thinking it’d be a simple puzzle Oliver could enjoy. You have to traverse all squares without doubling up while also collecting the hamburger (veggie burger?) ingredients in order.
I’ll print a few out. See what he thinks.
Starting December 1st, I’ll be posting a new one everyday. Got the system to pump out 400 of these so the next year+ should be set.
A bit more manual as it couldn’t just be math. I had to find 8 and 9 letter words worth putting in the list. I probably misspelled a few to be honest. Oh well!
Turns out you can do it with a mix of running the code a bunch of times to get a bunch of random paths, save those as a CSV file, then use Excel’s formula “=MID” to pull the letter from the word and then place it in the right position.
Let’s say the top-left circle is position 1 and let’s say that position 1 is actually the 5th node in the full path of 9. Then if you use “=MID” and pull the 5th letter from the 9-letter word and place it in position 1, then you have the right letter in the right place for that specific path (i.e. solution).
Generated 400 paths for kicks and now just have to fill in 400 words to use. Words with non 9-letter words too. Also need to configure the PSD file to take this data in.
The answer is “quicksand”. The Random Walk code from yesterday will create the 3x3 grid numbered 1 - 9 to give me the path to fill the word in. These puzzles are a quick diversion and easier to do than staring at a math puzzle.
I’m thinking of using Word March as the puzzle type name. It’s a play on “Random Walk”, which is the computer problem/algorithm for traversing a path in CS while touches each node only once.
Look for ISBN 978-0-359-20060-3 to appear in online book retailers like Amazon and Barnes & Noble in 6-8 weeks! I’ll be sure to post again if I can find it as a listing on the internet.
Made a game for the kids. Double sided with different patterns on each side. Copy the pattern you see on the card.