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I've been having fun with interlocking pieces and this grew out of it. Only the two base pieces interlock. The "leaves" grab on to any edge. I've been playing with it and having fun with it, but have no idea what to name it. Any ideas?

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Kiteman (author)2007-02-25

That's just begging to be turned into a game - different coloured pieces, maybe multi-coloured, with rules about what colour can attach to which other colour.

Maybe a single-player puzzle, like those tile puzzles where you have to match up bits of lizards or match colours: http://www.asahi-net.or.jp/~uy7t-isn/Puzzle/ColorTiles/hex6colors.png

Maybe a two-player game, like 3d dominoes?

Oh, and a name...

> Tree of Life
> Mind Tree
> Complexi-tree (that's my favourite)

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fungus amungus (author)Kiteman2007-02-25

Hmm... a 3-D domino game sounds interesting. Maybe with neodymium magnets to hold them together. That would make shuffling the pieces a huge pain in the neck, though.

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Kiteman (author)fungus amungus2007-02-25

I wouldn't bother with the magnets, just stick with the slots - cheaper to manufacture when you make it big, and easier to shuffle, as you say. Imagine - each disc, divided into three sections, different colour on each section with a slot in the middle of each section (more than three colours, of course, to allow a variety of combinations and give the chance of not being able to match colours). Each player pulls the same number of leaves from a cloth bag (like Scrabble used to be), takes it in turns to slot them on the tree. You have to match colour to colour, miss a turn if you can't match a colour, winner is the first person to place all their leaves. If you have plenty of leaves, it could be a game for several people, one of those games you play with a few friends and a few drinks after a meal, but it spends most of it's life as an ornament on the coffee table.

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fungus amungus (author)Kiteman2007-02-25

I'll have to think more about this later. I'm pretty busy this week. Some quick thoughts: - Since the pieces can be flipped, the number of color combinations is a little more than half if this was 2D. - Gravity could be an advantage if pieces don't "lock" to each other. ie. you can't build down. Keep going up!

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jtobako (author)2007-02-25

i don't know what to call it but i have seen similar comercial products. didn't some pogs (mid 90's toy fad) have slots to build up like that?

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fungus amungus (author)jtobako2007-02-25

I have seen some similar ideas. One of the more design-y things I've seen was theEames' House of Cards. I know that there was something else as well, but I'm blanking on the name.

The main difference of what I was trying to do was to create non-radial cuts. It's easier to get a more organic shape this way when it gets built up.

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