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Mouse-operated swordfighting by ranma-tim Mouse-operated swordfighting by ranma-tim
This is my entry for the Puzzle Pirates 'Slice of piratey life' contest. One of the puzzle games in PP is 'swordfighting' (which plays like Puzzle Fighter, apparently), so I decided to show a cross-section of the puzzle indicating how it is actually operated by mice. Two weeks of pondering and designing, then working Friday night through to 4am Monday morning (Sunday 11:59pm PST deadline = Monday 8am deadline in the UK!) with just a bit of a break over Saturday evening. I still had to miss out some of the ideas I wanted to include just to keep things clear while meeting the contest's size restriction (1280x1024).

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Competition entries thread: [link]
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AvalonMelody Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahaha, I'll never play the swordfighting puzzle with a straight face again. :icontearplz:

But nice job! ;3 I hope you won >:3
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SnottyBabe Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
Wow... Now how am I supposed to take swordfighting seriously!? ~_~
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polkapills Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I swear, whenever I play SF I will always think of this. You genius, you.
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xmidnightxx Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
I agree! Been playing Puzzle Pirate for quite a number of years and this is like epic lol
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Nemodemos Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I loved this when I judged it... wow, too many years ago, and I love it now. It reminds me of the David Macaulay books I devoured as a kid. And a bit as an adult :)
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ranma-tim Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, thanks - after all the hours it took to design, and late nights to execute, I'm glad it's still getting some appreciation all these years later!

The competitions were my favourite part of Puzzle Pirates - without those incentives and deadlines I just don't naturally tend to do as much cool stuff. Maybe I should check back in just for those sometimes.
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pinkythepink Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ahhh, this is epic indeed! Awesome work!
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TheSmileInYourEyes Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009
This is amazing :D
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Lyeekha Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
That is ridiculously, amazingly well thought out. It makes so much sense now... well done! xD :heart:
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KungFOUbunny Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009
wow, this is cool :D
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MistressOfMold Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008
Oh tahts why i stink at that puzzle, its because i have mouse traps in my house
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Itch86 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2008
I wonder how many mice does OOO employ....

Great Job.. now i know how to cheat... Bribe more Cheese!
:D
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Deeply-Carmine Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008
wow! it's really awesome. love it.

SF will never be the same... XD
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J3V1L Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This reminds me of one of the old 'The way things Work' Books.
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ranma-tim Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes! It seems you are the first person to identify my personal inspiration. Not that many other people in the original competition seemed that aware of this kind of thing.

I've recently been making plans for doing this kind of thing in a very different way... but it will have to wait until I have time.
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J3V1L Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looking forwards to it!

Favourite book when I was wee; and I had the CD Rom Game too! =D
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MissCarmila Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2008
that is so cute XDD
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blackpinkgoldfish Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2008
wow! faving!
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McTweeter Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Mice... swords... IT ALL MAKES SENSE!!!

XDDD, love this picture. It's creative, and it (sort of) explains how it works.
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Obaba Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my gosh! I loved this entry when I first saw it. It reminded me of my old Richard Scarry books with a ton of stuff going on.
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KarenKaren Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
lol AWSOME! XD I love pp, specially swordfighting, but you have to be REALLY creative to come up with such an idea!!! +10
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kitty2385 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2006
wow, awesome cute mice. i wondered where all the music came from and who gave me all little blocks...

Just wondering though, what hapens to those little mice in the blocks when a sword comes down? =P
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ranma-tim Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Good question! As I said, I had to miss out ideas to keep things clear, but here's how it's supposed to go.

There's two reasons for mice to be in blocks on the playfield; dropping blocks and gray blocks. They get in the dropping blocks so that they can separate the two halves if necessary; after the block has been dropped they climb down the back of the blocks and come out at the bottom to help recycle parts, and then they can go and get some cheese. The grey blocks have four sides; plain grey, grey with a picture of a sword, the full colour block, and the fourth side which has a door for them to get in and out of. The mice in these blocks are there to rotate them, you see, and when they do the final rotation they then climb out.

As swords come in, any blocks they replace are supposed to be pushed backwards and fall down to the bottom of the board (just as when pieces are broken by breakers). Any mice that happen not to have gotten out of the blocks as this happens should be okay - the terminal velocity of a falling mouse being less than the fatal velocity. At least, I hope it is. One of the design goals was to avoid harm coming to any mice!
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McTweeter Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Wouldn't it make sense if there was a little hole in the bottoms of each block that the mice could go through to the bottom? We never see the bottoms of the blocks, so they could just go through the hole in each one until they're under the screen.

Just saying, I think it would be a lot simpler.

Good explanation anyway.
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ranma-tim Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I presume you're referring to the grey blocks - as can be seen, there's plenty of ways out of the regular blocks.

The problem with getting mice out the bottom is getting them in in the first place. Something I didn't show is the process by which grey blocks are returned to the loading bay after being destroyed, and how they are re-loaded with mice. This is performed by some simple conveyor belt / elevator process, and in my mind, it was much easier to get the mice in during that process via a door in the 4th side than a hole in the bottom or top.

Well, that was my theory anyway. It's nice to see someone else thinking about it at that level of detail!
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McTweeter Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
That took a while to comprehend, but once I did, I suppose it makes sense. A slight variation on what I said that's more possible is that the sides have no walls, so that the mice can simple walk in. The holes in the bottom could still be there.

Another possibility is that each color is sort of on a different layer. When a block is cleared, is simply slides behind the others, and the mouse never needs to get out (although there will be holes to feed it ,etc).
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kameleonkat Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome! i love that game!
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juststupid101 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2005   Writer
realy nice artwork and explaination of this it rocks also i'm in cobalt look me up sometime my name is warwaves
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ranma-tim Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
Well... I won!! [link]
Super yay! :w00t: :winner: :w00t:
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McTweeter Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Giga yay
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