Hi there!

Puzzle is solvable, but 5 of the tasks lead to wrong letter, see hints below

I hope you like a new puzzle type that is based on a board game invented by Alex Randolph.
You need to find the shortest possible amount of moves, the target is shown in the middle and the color of the target states which robot should reach the target. You will find out the rest 8)
There are four giveaways running up to 24th June, already half time until Xmas!

The number in brackets are the current number of entries to the giveaways!
Oaken (14), Symphony of War: The Nephilim Saga (11), Coromon (14) and Dreamscaper (21)

4 = a
5 = f
6 = Z
7 = T
8 = y
9 = O
10 = n
11 = H
12 = s
13 = l
14 = P
15 = C
16 = X
17 = M
18 = r
19 = U
20 = D
21 = V
22 = b
23 = w
24 = E
25 = q

I really hope that I did not mess this up (well - I did, sorry!), have fun! It took much longer to prepare than I thought...

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Solution

Game Task1 Task2 Task3 Task4 Task5
Oaken 1.1: 7 moves 1.2: 12 moves 1.3: 14 moves 1.4 : 19 moves 1.5: 15 moves
Symphony 2.1: 15 moves 2.2: 16 moves 2.3: 8 moves 2.4 : 9 moves 2.5: 9 moves
Coromon 3.1: 6 moves 3.2: 12 moves 3.3: 11 moves 3.4 : 10 moves 3.5: 11 moves
Dreamscaper 4.1: 9 moves 4.2: 6 moves 4.3: 22 moves 4.4 : 10 moves 4.5: 5 moves
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No solvers after 12 hours, we might need some hints.
Unfortunately I forgot to sort the images by difficulty. I think the third one is the easiest since all 5 need less than 14 moves.
Ok, lets first make an example. Each image has 5 tasks, so we can name them 1.1 to 4.5
Task 1.1 can be done in 7 moves, for example Solution 1.1
Task 4.5 can be solved by moving a blocker in the bottom right corner (can easily be done with blue) and than yellow can be moved into the goal.

1 month ago
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I am so sorry for the errors in my puzzle. I used the wrong DB queries so several tasks had wrong number.
Found no way to fix the puzzle, so I can only give you the solutions for the wrong letters.
1.5 = V
2.2 = M
3.2 = l
3.4 = H
4.3 = q
These where probably also the hardest tasks, so it should be a lot easier now.

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Thanks! I can confirm that my solution for the first set works now.

Btw, I was expecting that solving 1.1-1.5 would lead me to Symphony of War: The Nephilim Saga but it took me to Oaken.
I suggest making the order of games listed match the order of the images. Seems like you might have them reversed.

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nice, I reordered the list of games so they have the same order as the images as you suggested.

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Hm, that information helps as well. Because I was looking for SoW and Coromon and also though first row goes there. But now that I invested so much time, I want to solve at least this one row. Seeing you solve it, makes me question my solutions even more ^^'

1 month ago
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Woah! I never expected to see a puzzle based on Ricochet Robots on SG! I used to play this with my board gaming group many moons ago.

1 month ago
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I should perhaps explain a couple of the not-so-obvious rules to those not familiar with the game (99% of you!)

  1. Robots (the oblong shaped figures) move orthogonally in a straight line until they hit a wall or another robot. The other symbols on the map don't block movement.
  2. You're allowed to move any number of robots as part of the solution. For e.g. If your goal to get the red robot to one of the red targets, you can move other robots to create blockages to guide the red robot.
  3. The robot must end its movement on the goal spot. Simply passing over it is not enough.

Here's the game's BGG page

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Glad you like it and hope that you can solve the puzzle. I own the original from 1999, the first edition had the name "Rasende Roboter".
But in the board game edition the goals are always in a corner, so its much easier.

1 month ago
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You're right. That one small change makes it a lot harder! I solved the first set but my solution wasn't accepted. I must have made a mistake somewhere or one of my solutions wasn't optimal. My longest solve was 19 moves long, so maybe I'm doing it in a very roundabout way.

I'll come back to it when I'm less tired.

1 month ago
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Oh no, I fucked up the data. Will try to fix the puzzle, sorry!

1 month ago
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Very interesting puzzle. Hace a bump

1 month ago
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Have all the games but bump for the cool puzzle!

1 month ago
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bump!

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I am torn on this puzzle. The board game is an interesting idea. But it is an exercise in frustration. Because I have no way to verify if my shortest solution is correct. If the giveaway code is not accepted, I just know that at least one of the five characters is wrong.

I tried myself on the first row and I have a solution of which I think it is not doable with less moves but it is apparently wrong. And now I am considering if maybe the solution you had may be longer than mine.

1 month ago
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OP is fixing the puzzle atm!

1 month ago
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Argh! I thought it was already fixed -_- Yea, okay. That may be my bad. I will wait then for the change and check again. There are some other issues I have but I can't mention them here without spoiling something ^^'

Thanks for the information.

1 month ago
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I am really sorry for the frustration caused. My original idea was to build a website that locks a giveaway behind the solution (like jigidi does), but I had no time for that yet.
If you still struggle with finding the right letters, we will find a way to communicate.

1 month ago
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If I understand it correctly, the fifth puzzle/letter in the first row was somehow wrong and the solution as posted above is "V". Right?

If so, I still seem to have an error in the first four letters. I am fairly sure for my solutions on the first two, though some ... one else suggests a longer solution. For three and four, we conclude the same number of moves. So I am not sure where the issue is right now.

1 month ago
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in 1.1 - 1.5 each task has a different solution, one of them is a 19 as already mentioned by PoeticKatana and you are right with the V

1 month ago
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Then I am missing some rules I guess. Because my highest number of moves is nowhere near 19.

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Btw, bots need to STOP on the goal spot, not simply pass over it, in case there was any confusion about that.

I can take a look at your answers (privately) to tell you if you're missing some rules, assuming Rubenius doesn't mind.

1 month ago
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I have solved the Oaken one but I think I have a faster solution. Though, I will check with the information you gave. The goal post is only the one tile shown in the middle, right? All other tiles can be moved over.

1 month ago
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You can move over all tiles, including the goal spot. The only things that block movement are walls and other bots. Any yes, the symbol in the middle is where you need to get the bot of that color to.

1 month ago
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Then my shorter solution should be correct unless I misunderstand something on a fundamental level. Thanks for the help.

EDIT: Found the rule I was missing.

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EDIT: Found the rule I was missing.

I'm curious what it was? 🤔

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You actually told me before, I just misinterpreted it. I have to stop exactly on the goal post and not just pass it. You said that to me but I read it as: Goal post = obstacle, so that robots of other colour would be stopped by it. Totally my mistake.

1 month ago
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Bump for half solve!
This is not easy...

1 month ago
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bump for 4th puzzle solved

Edit for 3rd solved. not interested in the other games so i wont go for the others

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Have a bump!

1 month ago
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Have another bump. People the giveaway entries are in the single digits. Solve the puzzle and get one of the best winning chances in ages.

1 month ago
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Bump for solved!

1 month ago
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Only 4 days left!

1 month ago
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Challenging bump!

1 month ago
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Bump :)

1 month ago
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I'm not familiar enough with this game and its rules and this is much too complicated for my pea brain to figure out

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its not that complicated. The main problem is that you do not get feedback per task. So you cannot be sure if you really solved one of them. Not a good learning experience. If you want to share a solution I can tell you if it is correct.

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It doesn't help I'm limited to phone rn either

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Bump, about 3.5 hours left!

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