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So I had this great idea.
In the US this year (and I don't live in the US), Flag day occurs on 14 June. Father's Day occurs on 16 June. I can put the two of them together and launch a new puzzle event combining the two on the 15th of June. Easy Peasy. So I started writing puzzles in May to meet a 15 June launch date.
Uhhhh... Yeah, I always underestimate how long it takes to finish writing puzzles. Sigh... So somewhat belatedly, five weeks late, please find my FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS Event.
A few ground rules: The "Flags" part and the "Fathers" part can both be done independently. They are each separate events with their own metapuzzles, which make use of the answers from the other puzzles. The "Of Our" is an appropriate lighter appetiser to link the two parts together and like the others, it can be done separately and independently.
There are no hidden puzzles, or hidden giveaways in this event. What you see is what you get. If you want any guidance as to how I write my puzzles, I can again recommend my magic guide (this should not be confused for Zelghadis' excellent guide).
Each of these puzzles have been written so that each will yield a single word or short phrase for the answer, which means I can use them with ITSTOOHARD. Not all of the puzzles are original (though most are). Where I have used an unoriginal puzzle, I will of course provide full information about the source, and where you can get others of that creator's puzzles.
The contributor level for all games is set to 1. I usually use SGTools, but have decided not to do so this time.
ALL of the puzzles are open from the start, but to take some of the pressure off, I am staggering the event. So the giveaways will be staggered, which means that you may be able to solve a puzzle at the very start, but not enter the associated giveaway. Later on in the event, you can reopen the ITSTOOHARD page and jump straight to the reward giveaways. The exception to this is the Of Our section, which will not open until 25 July
Also, I don't really care if you do not play your wins, but I do care deeply if a game does not reach 5 entries, so if you are one of the first five to solve something, and you wouldn't mind seeing that game in your library, then please enter the giveaway. You can always choose to remove your entry later (once 5 people have entered it).
One last thing, some of these puzzles will yield to backsolving. That is not an inadvertent design flaw. I knew that when I wrote them. Backsolving is still solving. You are perfectly entitled to enter the giveaways if you backsolve a puzzle. Though feel free to leave a note on the giveaway page, so I can tell if the puzzles that I thought would yield to backsolving are indeed the puzzles that led themselves to backsolving and to get some feel for the ratio of forward solvers to backsolvers.
1 - Flags of the World
2 - Graphs
3 - What We Talk About When We Talk About Flags
4 - Places in an Embarrassing State
5 - Signalling
6 - World Travel
7 - Many Exciting Things Await
1 - Father Confessor
2 - Father William
3 - Father Brown
4 - Father Guido Sarducci
5 - Father Figure
6 - Father Christmas
7 - Father in Law
8 - Father Time
9 - Father Ted
10 - Father of All He Surveys
Warning note: One image in puzzle 10 contains racial epithets and may offend as it is providing a clue to a concept that is inherently offensive. Do not open if you are likely to be offended by racial epithets. It is not gratuitous; it is exactly relevant for the word clued.
Flags of our Fathers
Anomaly: Warzone Earth
Brink of Consciousness: Dorian Gray Syndrome Collector's Edition
The Bureau: XCOM Declassified
Car Mechanic Simulator 2015
Construct: Escape the System
The Darkness II
The Deadly Tower of Monsters
Dex: Enhanced Edition
Distant Worlds Universe
Duke Nukem Forever
Enigmatis 2: The Mists of Ravenwood
Enigmatis: The Ghosts of Maple Creek
Fahrenheit Indigo Prophecy Remastered
Fairy Tale Mysteries 2: The Beanstalk
The Final Station
Gods will be Watching
Heroes of Annihilated Empires
HIVESWAP Act 1
Industry Giant 2
Kill the Bad Guy
The King of Fighters XIII Steam Edition
Last day of June
The Last Express Gold Edition
Learn Japanese to survive Hiragana Battle
Leviathan: The Last Day of the Decade
Mafia II Directors Cut
Metal Slug X
Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition
Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart
Pandora First Contact
Prime World: Defenders
The Princess' Heart
Renowned Explorers: International Society
The Sexy Brutale
Sid Meier's Civilization V
Small World 2
Star Hammer: The Vanguard Prophesy
Tales from Candlekeep: Tomb of Annihilation
Time Mysteries 3: The Final Enigma
Torment: Tides of Numenera
The Town of Light
Unbox Newbies Adventure
Wasteland 2: Director's Cut - Classic Edition
End of List
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As of the end of the giveaways at 23:59 GMT on 1 September.
Flags of the World has been solved by 43 people.
Graphs has been solved by 22 people.
What We Talk About When We Talk About Flags has been solved by 23 people.
Places in an Embarrassing State has been solved by 24 people.
Signalling has been solved by 21 people.
World Travel has been solved by 29 people.
Many Exciting Things Await has been solved by 19 people (who have completed FLAGS while the giveaways were open).
I do not have reliable solving stats for Of but it's at least 20 who have entered the giveaway
Our has been solved by 41 people.
Of Our has been solved by 27 people (who have now completed OF OUR while the giveaways were open)
Father Confessor has been solved by 16 people.
Father William has been solved by 17 people.
Father Brown has been solved by 27 people.
Father Guido Sarducci has been solved by 21 people.
Father Figure has been solved by 26 people.
Father Christmas has been solved by 17 people.
Father in Law has been solved by 16 people.
Father Time has been solved by 17 people.
Father Ted has been solved by 20 people.
Father of All He Surveys has been solved by 15 people. (who have now completed FATHERS)
Flags Of Our Fathers has been solved by 14 people. (who have now completed the FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS puzzle event)
None as yet
First to comment! Yay! (and a bump)
And first to solve. I added a congratulations to you in the announcements section.
Thanks :) Three "flags" puzzles solved.
Bump for solved all. There was some backsolving though. Can't wait to see answers on how to solve some of these puzzles.
And thank you for these great puzzles!
Ends on my birthday. :p
Nice to see a big event again.
Good game for it. https://store.steampowered.com/app/495700/Gabriel_Knight_Sins_of_the_Father/
Darn it, why didn't I think of that.
It is a proper classic as well. Shame the remake was a bit...unpolished.
Oh my gosh. O.O
Edit: I think my brain will cook itself in this heat and with this kind of exercise. XD
Wow! Well, this is slightly overwhelming! Can't wait to dig in when I get home from work!
You keep amazing, man!
For some reason Flags of Our Fathers - Graphs does not accept correct answer.
I agree with you
Shoot, absolutely my fault. There was a typo
Try it now.
Oh man that was scary. See the errata for more details.
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"Of Our" has now been opened. Closes 25 August at 23:59 G.M.T.
The first solver has now solved the Flags Meta, and has finished the FLAGS section.
правда, но, надеюсь, весело
Bump and meow
just to make sure: for the metapuzzle, I only need the correct answers of the individual puzzles, I don't need to keep all of my notes which I used for solving the individual puzzles?
For some metapuzzles, the order of the puzzles matters, but other than that no, all you need is the answers. It is usually irrelevant how you got those individual answers.
Very nice, but you forgot Father Dowling. ;)
Not completely, he shows up in one of the other puzzles.
There was an error in the message after Of. I was trying to figure out why nobody had solved Our and it turns out that nobody could reach it. I have fixed the error in the jigidi text following Of. If you have already solved Of and do not wish to solve it again, then simply contact me by Steam message and I will give you the appropriate code for Our. I am so sorry.
Hints are available. Post on which puzzles you would like a hint, and I will see what I can do. Or contact me by chat.
Still thinking about Father Confessor. (Don't know how to extract the answer)
BTW, is it hasn't prepared yet or all of the father events are missing the reward link?
I have staggered the start and finish of each of the puzzle sets. What I said in the introduction was "ALL of the puzzles are open from the start, but to take some of the pressure off, I am staggering the event. So the giveaways will be staggered, which means that you may be able to solve a puzzle at the very start, but not enter the associated giveaway. Later on in the event, you can reopen the ITSTOOHARD page and jump straight to the reward giveaways. The exception to this is the Of Our section, which will not open until 25 July"
The FLAGS giveaways are open. The Flags giveaways run 23 July to 22 August and End 22 August at 23:59 G.M.T.
The OF OUR giveaways are open. The Of Our giveaways run Giveaways run 27 July to 25 August and End 25 August at 23:59 G.M.T.
The FATHERS giveaways are not yet open. They are expected to open on 2 August and to run to 1 September
The FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS giveaways will run simultaneously with the FATHERS giveaways.
I am afraid that I won't publicly hint for FATHERS until the giveaways open. Oh... well maybe one. Check the hints section above.
Bump for Flags and Of Our done... will come back to try my luck with Fathers later, now work awaits.
Bump for... you know. It was a fun ride as always. Thanks again!
I missed the start of this, but getting right into the puzzles now :D
HELLO WORLD can't result in HEL LD LLO WOR, because splitted version has one extra L.
WHOOPS. That would be the example in Father Guido Sarducci. I will fix at once. It does not, of course affect the puzzle, but it would be better if the example was right. I checked the puzzles more carefully than the demos.
I haven't bumped this yet.
Unfortunately, the power of machine translation did not understand puzzles.XD
Thank you Puzzle♪
Ah well.... Thank you for looking.