As organizers of WSPC 2017, we at Logic Masters India want to create an interactive atmosphere in the lead-up to the big event. To this end, we are conducting a Puzzle Innovation Contest from the 16th of February to the 31st of March. Everyone is welcome to participate in this contest.
Competition overview: The Puzzle Innovation Contest is being held with an aim to increase the pool of innovation for WSPC 2017, and also to recognize the best innovations and innovators. We are looking only for original ideas in puzzle types, and ideas of new variations in Sudoku, which have not been seen elsewhere to the best of the author's knowledge. Also, accepted submissions must not be used till WSPC 2017 is over. We may reject ideas immediately if we have seen something very similar elsewhere, but we will provide details of this reasoning if so. Multiple submissions by the same author are allowed.
1. Puzzle Ideas must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. They must follow a fixed format, i.e., a PDF with the name and rules of the puzzle, and a sample puzzle with solution below it. The deadline for submissions is 31st March, 2017.
2. The organizers will regularly post here in this forum topic confirming submissions by saying the respective author has made a submission.
3. The organizers will judge the submissions based on certain criteria. The considerations are mentioned below -
a. Idea: This is specifically to do with how interesting the innovation is. We will also consider that the type is not restrictive in terms of different logical implications and whether the puzzles can be built on in terms of variations. For e.g., Tapa/Sudoku/Fillomino were ideas with a lot of potential to build on. For Sudoku variations, only interest and restrictiveness will be considered in this section.
b. Rule Simplicity: The simpler the rules, the better.
c. The Puzzle itself: Though the Idea is the focus of the contest, a good quality puzzle will go a long way to showcasing the idea in a better light. In case of a tie, the sample puzzle submitted will act as a tie-breaker. Considerations here include logical path and theme, in that order of priority.
4. The ideas will be showcased on a portion of the WSPC website on the same date as the release of the WPC Instruction Booklet. LMI claims the right to publish the author's puzzles too along with due credits.
1. The best three innovations will receive special prizes at the WSPC in Bangalore.
2. Some puzzle ideas might be selected to be a part of the innovative rounds at the WSC and WPC respectively. The authors will be credited with the ideas in the Instruction booklet.
I think this is a good idea in theory, but you are likely to get much better results by making this process open, so that people can explore/build/refine on ideas that people have initially shared
Thanks for the input Tom. We discussed these factors before finalizing our decision. The reasons for keeping it closed are -
1. People can explore/build/refine them in the future when we do release them, but for now we want original unbiased ideas, since it is a competition for innovation.
2. We intend to use some good ideas in innovation rounds across the WSC/WPC so we want to preserve some 'freshness' of the ideas we use.
Thank you to all the authors who submitted their ideas. It is nice to see involvement in this contest from so many authors across different countries. The deliberation over the results of this contest will take time as it has implications on the WSC & WPC directly, so as announced earlier, the ideas will be showcased on a portion of the WSPC website at the same time as we release the WSC & WPC Instruction booklets, and the results of winners will be announced in Bangalore.
Note: If authors wish to do so they can continue sending ideas to us. These ideas will not be eligible for the contest and prizes, but if they are really good we may still end up using them with due credits at WSPC 2017.
Please continue to check our website regularly and participate in more interactive polls, contests and discussions as and when we announce them. We will announce our next one on 17th April.
Some interesting statistics -
Total number of Sudoku ideas submitted: 25
Total number of Puzzle ideas submitted (not including Sudokus): 64
Total number of authors involved: 13
Total number of countries involved: 9
Here is the compilation of the Sudoku submissions for Puzzle Innovation Contest. Do have a look as some of these have been selected for the World Sudoku Championship and will appear in the IB in a few days.
Here is the compilation of the Puzzle submissions for Puzzle Innovation Contest. Do have a look as some of these have been selected for the World Puzzle Championship and will appear in the IB in a few days.