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by PadreMontoya
Thu Jun 23, 2016 9:35 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Seeking Advise from Puzzle Masters
Replies: 20
Views: 4724

Re: Seeking Advise from Puzzle Masters

Here's one option with 5 clues, all of which appear necessary for a unique solution ABCD BAED - 25 BACD - 50 DDAA - 0 CCCC - 25 ABEA - 50 None of the clues individually give away much information, and this can be logically worked through in a couple minutes. Edit: looking back, the first clue isn't...
by PadreMontoya
Thu Jun 23, 2016 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Seeking Advise from Puzzle Masters
Replies: 20
Views: 4724

Re: Seeking Advise from Puzzle Masters

BTW, I'm not married to 12 clues. If someone can design puzzle with fewer clues that makes all clues a requirement, I'd be all ears.

Attached is the spreadsheet I'm using to build them.
by PadreMontoya
Thu Jun 23, 2016 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Seeking Advise from Puzzle Masters
Replies: 20
Views: 4724

Re: Seeking Advise from Puzzle Masters

If you assume that the four elements/bases are not repeated, you can also solve yours with just clues 1 and 2. Great catch Gwydion! At first I thought this was bad, but here's my new thinking: * As long as Clue #1 and Clue #9 come out last, it shouldn't be solvable too quickly. * It can be solved m...
by PadreMontoya
Wed Jun 22, 2016 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Seeking Advise from Puzzle Masters
Replies: 20
Views: 4724

Re: Seeking Advise from Puzzle Masters

I think by the time the players get all 12 pieces of the puzzle, they aren't going to have much time left. This particular room is not for hard-core gamers, so I want to keep it simple. My goal is for them to feel smart, not actually be smart. :) I might twerk this one up to have a few more elements...
by PadreMontoya
Wed Jun 22, 2016 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Seeking Advise from Puzzle Masters
Replies: 20
Views: 4724

Re: Seeking Advise from Puzzle Masters

Final Update: I created a new puzzle and got the result I wanted: Clue #1 : B / C / A / D Effectiveness: 50% Clue #2 : B / D / A / C Effectiveness: 0% Clue #3 : D / A / C / B Effectiveness: 0% Clue #4 : D / C / B / A Effectiveness: 50% Clue #5 : C / B / A / D Effectiveness: 25% Clue #6 : C / A / D /...
by PadreMontoya
Wed Jun 22, 2016 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Seeking Advise from Puzzle Masters
Replies: 20
Views: 4724

Re: Seeking Advise from Puzzle Masters

That was actually easier than expected. I'm pretty sure this is solvable. Clue #1 : D / C / G / F Effectiveness: 0% Clue #2 : A / I / E / J Effectiveness: 25% Clue #3 : I / D / C / H Effectiveness: 50% Clue #4 : D / A / F / I Effectiveness: 0% Clue #5 : C / B / E / D Effectiveness: 25% Clue #6 : E /...
by PadreMontoya
Wed Jun 22, 2016 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Seeking Advise from Puzzle Masters
Replies: 20
Views: 4724

Re: Seeking Advise from Puzzle Masters

Ok, this is starting to make sense! I think I just need to start off by designing a bare minimum puzzle with perfect information. Example: #1: A / ? / ? / ? 25% #2: ? / B / ? / ? 25% #3: ? / ? / C / ? 25% #4: ? / ? / ? / D 25% As long as all other clues yield 0%, then the right answer is obvious. (A...
by PadreMontoya
Wed Jun 22, 2016 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Seeking Advise from Puzzle Masters
Replies: 20
Views: 4724

Re: Seeking Advise from Puzzle Masters

But how many elements are there to choose from for a puzzle? You use chemical elements, so can they all be used or is it just the 5 you've used in your example? And can the elements be repeated in a solution? Your puzzle is exactly like Mastermind, the only difference being the omission of the whit...
by PadreMontoya
Wed Jun 22, 2016 3:46 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Seeking Advise from Puzzle Masters
Replies: 20
Views: 4724

Re: Seeking Advise from Puzzle Masters

That's clever - I didn't think about programatically generating one. The main constraints are: * There must be 12 clues * It is preferred that every clue matters, but it's fine if some clues provide no useful or new information. * The answer requires exactly four elements, and the correct elements h...
by PadreMontoya
Wed Jun 22, 2016 2:35 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Seeking Advise from Puzzle Masters
Replies: 20
Views: 4724

Seeking Advise from Puzzle Masters

Hello! I'm designing a game that features a puzzle that is split into 12 pieces. Once you find all 12 pieces, you can begin to solve it. The inspiration for the puzzle comes from the classic board game "Mastermind", though there is probably a more technical term for this kind of puzzle. Th...

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