October 28th, 2002

nyah, tongueout, glasses, nerd

Math Panic

Ack! I just discovered that on half of the GED math test, you're not allowed to use a calculator!

Therefore, I did the sensible thing: I wrote a computer program (using a klik-and-build style of thing called Widget Workshop- more of a circuit board modeler than anything else) to test me on arithmatic for speed.

Anyway, it's availible at my website. (Download EXE)

It's quite fun- and it's telling me I'm better off than I thought, when I recently got 11 right and only one wrong in 10 minutes. When it's giving you three digit/three digit multiplication, that's HARD. (Although you can get something as easy as 2+2. It's all in the Randomizers.)

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    The GRINKA GRINKA GRINKA of the Widget Workshop arithmatic blocks
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I'm starting a new, Internet-based "Reality-TV" online game. ETA: four months.

The game is "Cranius."

Cranius is unique. It is NOT an online "port" of a TV show.

Cranius is a cross between "The Amazing Race" and "The Mole" without a Mole. In Cranius, you must solve a relentless series of brain puzzles- no luck involved. The starting 20 Players are all sent the First Puzzle at the same time- and when they solve it, they get the next. (The rules are far more complex; this is an overview.) Every so often (less and less frequently) you will hit a Checkpoint puzzle- and the last person to solve the Checkpoint will be Halted and recieve no further puzzles.

But a Halted player has not yet lost, because the goal is NOT simply to solve the 100 puzzles first. The puzzles are simply a means to an end. Every puzzle you solve will give you another clue to the solution of the Cranius- the single uber-puzzle that looms over the game. Cranius is a series of web-pages, one leading to the next. The last page contains a password- email me for the victory when it is located. No matter if you are Halted; if you are first, the game is yours. It does NOT matter that you were slow before; will YOU solve the greatest puzzle of all?

Of course, the Cranius is nowhere near that easy. It's not a simple series of other puzzles. You see, you have to figure out what to do. Some pages will be as easy as a simple puzzle where all the answers are links- but all the wrong answers lead to fake Cranius pages. But that's not the norm.

The Cranius rarely announces its presence. You, as a player, will have to read clues embedded in comments in source code. You will have to discover that what looks like garbage contains the information for the next spot. You will have to determine what to do- you may have to go for quite a while on very fuzzy leads- you will doubt that you are even on the right path...

..and for all you know, you may not be.

Ten players will be selected by a standard application process; when I get closer to zero hour for Cranius, I'll be sending ten Invitations to bypass the application process and become one of the Twenty- but there are no guarantees that you will not be the first of the Halted...

The winner will be declared the Craniac, and will get to co-host the next Cranius with me. (I'm already planning on doing a C2.)

Who will beat the Cranius?

This game will go live a LOT faster if you email me some puzzle suggestions! (sgamer@swbell.net) But there's a catch: someone who submits puzzles is automatically inelligible for play, as a puzzle you wrote is a major advantage. But I'd like the help...

In an unrelated note, after three weeks of being relatively ignored, I now have three red arrows on my Friends list (soon to be green). What happened?