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New Events for the Weekly Competition Website for 2020

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Mike Hughey

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Just to remind everyone how this works, this is a two-step process. This thread is the vote to get to the poll; those events that make it will then have a 2-week poll, and since it looks likely we will have more than 2 events polled, only the top 2 (assuming 2 events have enough votes) will be added this year. But it is the poll voting that will ultimately determine the events added,

This thread will close just before midnight UTC (7:00 PM EST) tomorrow, 2019/12/08.
 

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yup.

My reasoning is that I want to compete in an event that has very good hardware, and 15 puzzle does, while curvy copter, to my knowledge, does not.

Simply because it needs to be more popular. Companies only produce good hardware for puzzles that are popular unofficially.

Even 15 puzzle hardware is bad, if not arguably worse, than copter hardware. Qiyi didn't even try with theirs; they just put insecured tiles on a magnetic board.

I'm also working on a speed copter and might provide files so people could possibly 3D print decentcopter hardware.
 

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I'm also working on a speed copter and might provide files so people could possibly 3D print decentcopter hardware.
"Decentcopter" would be a pretty sick name for your version. ;)

Even 15 puzzle hardware is bad, if not arguably worse, than copter hardware. Qiyi didn't even try with theirs; they just put insecured tiles on a magnetic board.
As I understand it, the conventional rail-based mechanism of 15 puzzles is actually really bad and causes a lot of lockups; going completely for simplicity and using only magnets, as Qiyi did, might not appeal to your puzzle designer sensibilities, but if it works, why make it complicated?

(My only experience with physical 15 puzzles was a long time ago (and I don't think I still have the toys around), so maybe I'm not remembering this right. Also maybe it was just the ones I had that sucked?)
 

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"Decentcopter" would be a pretty sick name for your version. ;)


As I understand it, the conventional rail-based mechanism of 15 puzzles is actually really bad and causes a lot of lockups; going completely for simplicity and using only magnets, as Qiyi did, might not appeal to your puzzle designer sensibilities, but if it works, why make it complicated?

(My only experience with physical 15 puzzles was a long time ago (and I don't think I still have the toys around), so maybe I'm not remembering this right. Also maybe it was just the ones I had that sucked?)
Yeah, in my experience, rails on the pieces to keep them in make for a terrible solving experience. Magnets sound like they would work great.

I think @Roman had a thread about 15 puzzle and from what I remember of some pictures, the boards used did not have rails.

E: https://www.speedsolving.com/threads/good-15-puzzle-for-speedsolves.62258/
 
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