PuzzleMaster

The Ultimate Puzzle Sale (Updated with Sold List)

Posted on Sep 22, 2022 by Gabriel | 0 comments

Hi Everyone,

After the first two lots of puzzles, I've decided to put most of my collection up for sale. Even though I still have many puzzles that hold sentimental value, I'm willing to let go a big portion of my collection. I still love puzzles, but there are things in life that are more important for me right now.

Having said that. Just have a look at my past blog posts and my old website and let me know which puzzles you're interested in. I will then let you know which ones I still have and I'm willing to sell. I am only willing to consider offers on orders equal or above €50, otherwise it won't be worth a trip to the postal office.

Don't ask me to sell puzzles like the Cast Puzzles, Japanese Puzzle Boxes, the Svetnashki... These are some from the top of my head, but there might be more that I don't want to sell.

UPDATE (Sep. 22nd): Check this document for a list of already sold puzzles and puzzles I don't want to sell. Will keep updating it as I sell more puzzles.

If you're interested in anything, just drop me an e-mail: gabrielmpfernandes(@)gmail(.)com

Thank you.

Selling Some Puzzles - Lot #2

Posted on Aug 10, 2022 by Gabriel | 0 comments

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Hello everyone.

I have a second lot of puzzles to sell. You can purchase the whole lot for €200 or choose a minimum of 3 puzzles. Since I still have the first lot available, you can combine your order from both lots.

I've put a value on each puzzle (photo below), so the puzzles you choose will have a fixed price. You can contact me at: gabrielmpfernandes(@)gmail(.)com

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Puzzles in the photo (puzzles with a red mark are no longer available):

SmaZ Dino Cube / SmaZ Dino Cylinder / Oskar's Gear Shift / Meffert's Pyrastar

Ghost Cube (Purple) / Ghost Cube (Blue) / Burgo's Custom Megaminx / Honey Copter

Calvin's Pillow Dino / Evgeniy's Venus Cube / Pillowed Mastermorphix / Rubik's UFO

Meffert's Jade Chopsticks


Please add €15 shipping costs to Europe (€25 for the rest of the world). Payment by PayPal.

Please be aware that if you're outside Europe, import fees may be charged by the customs in your country. I can't be responsible for these fees.

Selling Some Puzzles (Updated)

Posted on Jul 9, 2022 by Gabriel | 0 comments

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Hello everyone.

I've decided to sell some puzzles from my collection. These are twisty puzzles and you can even find many of them reviewed here on my blog.

You can get the whole lot for €250 or choose a minimum of 3 puzzles. To avoid talking back and forth about offers, I've put a value on each puzzle (photo below), so the puzzles you choose will have a fixed price. If you're interested, contact me at: gabrielmpfernandes(@)gmail(.)com

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Please add €15 shipping costs to Europe (€25 for the rest of the world). Payment by PayPal.

Please be aware that if you're outside Europe, import fees may be charged by the customs in your country. I can't be responsible for these fees.

Puzzles with a red mark are no longer available.

Puzzles in the batch (in the order as they appear in the top photo):

Chess Puzzle / Rubik's Domino / TomZ Curvy Copter / Dioctipoid 2.0

Meffert's 3-D Creative Puzzle Ball / Rubik's World / Rainbow Masterball / K-Ball

Topola / Quarks / Meffert's Jade Pyraminx / Meffert's Jade Cube

Chromoball

Bitcoin Maze #1 and #6

Posted on Feb 24, 2022 by Gabriel | 2 comments
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It's been almost seven years since I've reviewed a puzzle from Robrecht Louage. At the time, the 8 Stars Labyrinth was yet another great design that I had the pleasure to play with. Fast-forward seven years, and this time, Robrecht presents us with not only one puzzle, but six. This is the Bitcoin Maze, and it's already one of my favorites.

The first design (Bitcoin Maze #1) was entered at the 2021 Puzzle Design Competition. Trespa is Robrecht's material of choice for his puzzles, which has a solid feel in the hands unlike laser-cut wood, not to mention that the white appearance looks stunning. Michel van Ipenburg, who has collaborated in the past with Robrecht when they made Larva and Ladybird, came up with the idea for a series of six puzzles, and what an idea! Each puzzle feels different, and that's expected, since each one provides a different internal maze. #1 is supposed to be the easiest, while #6 is the hardest... In theory.

The goal of the puzzle is simple... There's a coin (a Bitcoin at that! - First time I held one in my hands) placed in a sliding platform enclosed within a frame with a labyrinth. Inside, however, there's a steel ball (or more than one) that's preventing the platform to go all the way out of the frame. Your task is to completely remove the coin from the puzzle. There's a position which looks like it's out, but you still can't remove the coin, so it needs just a bit more effort. The coin needs to be out of the puzzle.

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The funny thing is, design #1 felt more difficult than #6. I started with #1, since I was told it was the easiest, but just couldn't solve it completely. The coin was at that position mentioned above, where it's almost out, but not quite. For a change of pace, I picked up #6 and to my surprise, I solved it within 5 minutes. Luck, perhaps? I kept trying with #1, but wasn't having much luck. It took me more than a hour fidgeting with it, trying to figure out the internal mechanism to finally remove the coin. I still haven't solved it a second time, but this is what makes these puzzles so good. You can try to solve them multiple times until it becomes second nature.

Difficulty may be relative when it comes to hidden mechanism puzzles. You can't see what's going on inside, after all. You have to rely on your other senses, and sometimes you may solve it quickly or more slowly. Either way, you get to feel like a safe cracker and that's what these puzzles give you. A wonderful experience like no other type of puzzle.

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Closing Comments:

The Bitcoin Maze is a great return to form by Robrecht Louage and I totally recommend it. Whether you're choosing just one or go for the whole series as a collector, you won't regret it. And you also get that shiny coin, so more reason to get it.

Availability: To get a copy of the Bitcoin Maze, please contact Robrecht at: rlouage(at)telenet(dot)be. Note that the e-mail is presented that way to avoid spam. You just need to change what's inside the brackets with a "@" and a "."

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