Friday, December 28, 2007

Here's What D&D Is All About


Merry Christmas, all!

James has three new hobbies: Making sudoku puzzles, building Lego Mindstorms NXT robots, and learning operatic arias for tenor! I'm actually enjoying this vacation, despite the fact that I only just today finished my work on the DMG, which should have been done a month ago. Tomorrow I get to return to the novel I've so woefully ignored...

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Passionate Connection?

I'm having way too much fun with this.

Can't Find a Clever Title for This One

Various stretches of beach, maybe? Anyway, I'm not sure there's a whole lot of words where this is possible. I sort of stumbled on these with the help of a (long)  list of 9-letter words and the Internet Anagram Server.
So what's up with the sudoku, you ask? Well, a week or two ago I was writing a couple of pages for the DMG about puzzles, and learned some things about how to make them. I like solving puzzles, though not ordinarily in the context of a D&D game. Anyway, last night I was home alone, at the end of a very long week of work (at the end of a very long month), and I was back in the situation I was in during my vacation in September: I didn't know what to do with myself without working. So I did the Scientific American Sci-doku, and the question occurred to me of whether you could do such a puzzle with two words, rather than just one. The intersection was interesting, so I went looking for words that would work in parallel. I stayed up way too late last night working on this one. The problem was not making the letters fit, but coming up with a set of givens I could put them into. I opted for an easier pattern today and managed to finish it, so hopefully I'll be able to sleep tonight.

Hope you enjoy it! Let me know what you think.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Hella funny

This pleases my sense of symmetry. And it's hella funny, you might say.

That's my first-ever sudoku, by the way. Let me know if you get the joke.

Also hella funny: An interview with a tiefling and a gnome.