New topics: February 2015

Highlights
Recent releases
Silver anniversaries
New solutions
Our hot stuff online
Other news
Old but still good news


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Highlights:

 
Kadon's year-long 35th Anniversary continues
We've enjoyed celebrating our 35 years starting with the big Party of the Century at Kadon headquarters in May 2014, and we'll keep it up for a few more months.The standard bearer, as in years past, is our incredibly versatile Poly-5 puzzle in a jade-colored tray and with Lucite pieces surrounding the number 35, in a limited edition. If you already own Poly-5, just request a free grid for this challenge.

 
Our annual Florida tour is in full swing!
We've got a full schedule of art shows for the winter, from January through April 2015. Check our show calendar, and stop by to see us if you're in the area. These are all outdoor shows—wish us good weather! Our homepage masthead is in sympathy with all you Northerners swathed in winter.

 
Hexacubes, hurrah!
Your dedicated and energetic Kadon crew managed to finish not just one but two Hexacubes in the last part of 2014. It is the largest project in our repertoire, with 166 all-different blocks of 6 cubes each. Such a beast eats up 10 Quintillions sets and 4 Super Quintillions. The 166 blocks plus 4 single cubes then nestle into a 10x10x10 cube. The lucky owners will have all the complexity they could ever want, even commingle them with the size-compatible Quintillions group and build even bigger structures.

It took five determined folks to process the parts to completion, including cleaning, staining, oiling, polishing, sanding, retouching, gluing, buffing, and then assembling into its fold-out treasure box with brass hinges and tiny padlocks. A prized task for which several people compete is that final assembly. This year we had the enthusiastic help of Elijah Allen, who took a series of progress photos of an awesome modular assembly which you can view in the Hexacube album on our Facebook page. Scroll back to December 23 in the Facebook timeline to see the final stages of the previous cube, painstakingly assembled one piece at a time, no prefab chunks. Here's one image; you can see Kate's strange socks on the side. More...

 

Simply beautiful... Flashes of Life
We offer, as a small departure from physical puzzles, a book of breathtaking photography by Robert L. Steinberger, Ph.D., each image paired with a haiku by Kate Jones. Flashes of Life, The Flower Collection comprises over 100 pages of digital photography, poetic interpretations, and stories. It's the first in a series of volumes on different subjects by this great visionary whose legacy will live on in the "flashes of life" he captured during a lifetime of passionate photography. You can preview the whole book at the publisher's website, and you can also order it from us as a lifetime treasure, in the best archival quality and now also in a more moderately priced hardcover edition. More...




Recent releases:

 
Trio-in-a-TrayTiny Tans' 25th Anniversary
For their 25th anniversary, we put our three 4-piece mini-puzzles into a single tray, with lots of new challenges plus all the classic symmetries. They're tucked in together in a shiny silver frame, each in its own color. The Tantalizing T, Square and Fair, and U Can Do It, all collaborate in creating delightful new fancies. More....

 

RunnuRound and wrap-around
What are the chances that in rows of randomly scrambled ten numbers, a run of three will turn up, in forward or backward order? Or even wrapping around from one end of the row to the other? Find 'em fast, outguess other players. Suspense builds as tiles flip. Unique bidding feature for bonus points. More....

 

Brace deluxe wood gameboard
After 15 years, our fascinating strategy game, Brace, originally produced as a jazzy wallhanging tapestry, now has a wonderful new look as a large wooden board, beautifully finished, laser-engraved and handpainted. Matching wood cylinders serve for 5 different games for two players plus a variety of interesting solitaires. Invented by Alan Kross-Vinson and developed by Kate Jones, Brace was a Games 100 selection in 1998. More....

 

Chasing Squares virtuoso tiling puzzle
Looks so simple and innocent and pretty, yet from the mind of our friend Jerry Farrell, an extraordinary puzzle inventor, Chasing Squares becomes a never-ending joy and surprise. The underlying geometry recalls tangrams, and our own Tiny Tans and Triangoes—8 isosceles right triangles and 8 "sheds" form positive and negative squares, promote ingenuity. Can you top 24 squares and win a prize? More....

 
L-Sixteen, where the holes mean a lot
This little brother to our Fill-Agree uses L-tetrominoes with every combination of 0 to 4 holes.You wouldn't believe what they can do with patterns of holes. Easy to extremely hard challenges make this a nice sequel to our very popular Vee-21. More....

 

Special edition... Octiamond Stack
We're offering a special and very limited edition of the 66 octiamonds, styled as 6 separate "petals" that stack, each in a little tray. Only while they last. And only for the hardiest puzzle lovers and collectors—this one's a doozy, even with millions of possibilities. More...

 



Silver Anniversaries!

We're celebrating these games on the 25th anniversary of their first publication. They have all been continuously in print, 1990-2015. See more of their stories in our historical notes, Herculean heights, and watch for special features about them all year.

  • RhombiominoesTM— the tilted pentominoes, where squares have become rhombic.
  • Quintachex®, new inlaid acrylic edition — reversible checkerboarded pentominoes.
  • Multimatch IV® — 24 vertex-colored matching triangles.
  • Tan Tricks IIITM — the 107 hexatans (six isosceles right triangles joined).
  • TrifoliaTM — 24 contour-matching triangles.
  • PolyarcsTM by Henri Picciotto — 29 shapes of 2 and 3 arc-segmented squares joined.
  • Shadow PlayTM — 9 simple shapes form infinite images.



New solutions:


Enclosed colors for Ten-Yen
See color groups of Ten-Yen completely enclosed by the other two colors, with shortest perimeter.     More...

 

Newest designs for Rombix Jr.
See our latest collection of cool new patterns created by young visitors to our booth and by our own booth hostess, Meshele.There's no end to the pretty variations you can create with this versatile puzzle.     More...

 

The amazing designs for Trio-in-a-Tray
Who would have thought that our venerable mini-puzzles, the Tiny Tans, would emerge for their 25th anniversary as a Trio with such amazing variety and beauty. It surprises us with every new pattern we find. That's playable art!     More...


 


Our hot stuff online:


Great app! Blockout for Windows Phone
Paul Thomann in Switzerland has written a great new program to play classic Blockout on the new Windows Phone, versions 7.5 and up. Get your copy from the Windows store, Blockout for Windows Phone, under license from Kadon.

 
Gamepuzzles on Facebook!
Kadon has its own Facebook page for wider contact with our friends and fans. It's warm and fuzzy to see how many "likes" are coming our way. Have you "liked" us yet? Please do. And we're able to share things there that don't have a place in our formal website. Check in now and then to see what other folks say. Our thanks to Elijah Allen for launching the page and helping to administer it.

So come and talk to us there! The permanent link is on the homepage (look for the blue button). Any questions about our puzzles, praise and kudos are happily received. Join the conversation and look for special features from time to time. There will be no selling, only telling, in our Facebook lounge. For ordering please come to this main gamepuzzles site, where you'll find everything we make and an easy-to-use, secure shopping cart.

 
Now you can play The Game of Y free online
Thanks to Anand Babu Periasamy and his skillful programming, there is now a creative commons facility for playing this fine connection game online at the Hyperbotics site. Let us know how you like it! Then come back and order the beautiful deluxe wood set for hands-on enjoyment.

 
We have an applet to play Proteus!
A Proteus fan, Paul Nord, put his genius to work creating an app for your mobile devices so you can play our Proteus meta-game against a fairly smart computer. Get it now at the Apple store for under a dollar:   Michael Waitsman's Proteus — then enjoy this superb strategy game even when you don't have a worthy human opponent available. Paul's program looks beautiful and works great.

 
Pentacube Videos on YouTube!
Our friend and fellow polyomino lover, Donald Kern, has created four delightful, and impressive, videos showing the "complete" set (35 one-sided pieces) of pentacubes forming amazing and difficult solutions by Don. You'll want to see these more than once:

Regular 5x5x7 Block
Two-Sided Staircase
Jagged-Edge Block
Chichen Itza Pyramid

 


Other news:

A highly condensed printable catalog has been updated and is available online as three .pdf files. It has 24 standard pages plus an order form, in full color, although it works just fine printed in gray. Feel free to download as much of it as you want, and you're welcome to print it out for Web-deprived friends, too. This catalog can also be viewed online with flippable pages:


  Our flip catalog!
Now you can view our condensed 24-page print catalog with flippable pages or even as a slide show. The Flash program lets you zoom in, turn pages, and print out any page you like. Get an instant overview. Just click on the little cover page thumbnail at right. To print out selected pages or your own full copy, go to our print catalog file (.pdf). For special categories and cross-references, see the Search Us index.

 
Archives expanded
If you've missed previous announcements or mailings, you can still track back to see what's been happening with us by browsing through our archives, especially the annual newsletters that sum up our year's doings. Here's the Archives index and the most recent (Christmas 2014) newsletter.

 

Sad news...

Games Magazine, for over 30 years the most prestigious publication on games and puzzles, both hands-on and electronic, used to publish an annual Buyer's Guide to Games, including the editors' choices of the 100 best new games of the year. Through all those years Kadon won 52 "Games 100" selections plus 13 reviews, the last one in December 2013, in Games' last Buyers' Guide. The publishers have now changed format and have discontinued their extensive game reviews, featuring mostly paper and pencil puzzles. We're sad... though we'll keep the special Games Magazine selects section in our website in perpetuity. It deserves to be bragged about.



 

Old but still good news:

Check out unsolved tough challenges on the Contests page. Open to the world, with prizes to be won. Happy puzzling!

We own four very cool domain aliases. Each is just a title page ("splash page") and links to the respective major sections of the official gamepuzzles website. Take a look; they're jazzy.

Our Hexdominoes set is now a registered trademark and has its own independent website and domain name, with additional materials not found in our main website, such as the entire rule book and actual-size grids to print out for use with special figures. We plan to offer new challenges there eventually and maybe even some play-online features. A new little logo for it is on the bottom of the homepage. And check out the awesome new designs we've found for this amazing set.

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Here's a recap of all the gamepuzzles added to our website recently and in the past year, in case you missed their first announcement.   Tangramion .... Octiamond Stack .... StarHex-II .... Chasing Squares .... L-Sixteen .... RunnuRound .... Trio in a Tray ....

Blooper Bounty — This is a standing offer:  we'll send a small prize to the first person who advises us of a mistake in this website, whether a typo, broken link or other goof. Each blooper gets a separate prize. Email us and provide your ground address, so we can mail you your prize. And thanks!

Our hot-link icons are listed, along with some surprises and hidden prizes, for those of you who care to read directions for getting around this place. For the others, there's always logic, intuition and serendipity.

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