L - The Mathemagical Adventure

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L - The Mathemagical Adventure

Post by Pernod » Sun Jun 10, 2012 2:22 am

Here's an interesting adventure that I've never seen released anywhere else. I obtained this from a maths teacher BITD.
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Re: L - The Mathemagical Adventure

Post by sweh » Sun Jun 10, 2012 2:05 pm

I uploaded a version of that on my games2 disk a while back; might be interesting to compare.

FWIW, BITD, I wrote up a solution

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OBJECT	ROOM
------	----
CUBE	LINEN CUPBOARD

TETRAHED	WORKSHOP

RUSTY KEY	TURTLE COURTYARD

SPHERE	MAZE

SPECS	CODE ROOM

DODECAHEDRAN	ORIENTAL ROOM

OAR	ELECTRIANS BOX

ICOSAHEDRAN	KITCHEN

PHIAL AND	MUSIC ROOM
BOTTLE

OCTAHEDRAN	PANELLED ROOM

ROPE LADDER	ORCHARD

HAIR	TOP OF WOOD STAIRS

RING	SPIDER ROOM

CALCULATOR	BROOM CUPBOARD

-----------------------------------
On the phone, dial the Fibonacci
sequence (i.e 1,2,3,5,8,13,21....)
-----------------------------------
To scare of robots, enter the
square root of the robot's number
-----------------------------------
To catch the turtle, move away
from it!
-----------------------------------
The key should be filed as:
    xxxxxxx.x
    ....x.....     Where x means
    .xx...xxx      file
i.e
FRFRFRFRFRFRFRRFDDFLFLFLLUFDLLFLF
UNLOCK DOOR
-----------------------------------
To get through swiming pool, drink
both phial AND bottle.
-----------------------------------
To get the phial and bottle, play
piano, and enter EWQEWQYTTR
-----------------------------------
To help the cook, one answer is
6,15,9
-----------------------------------
To help the electrician, the
sequence is 4,2,1,2 (3 is useless)
-----------------------------------
As soon as you enter the code
room, enter
TAKE SPECS
-----------------------------------
To escape from prison, go East
until a guard appears, scare him
off, East,East and catch pig
Any lost possessions should be in
the Linen Cupboard
-----------------------------------
To catch pig, go second!
The word will take you back to the
old kitchen
-----------------------------------
To use the bath, place the
Cube, Tetrahedran, Dodecahedran,
Icosahedran and Octahedran. This
will fill the gaps. Drop all
except oar, then North.
(A small message will appear in
code, but ignore it).
-----------------------------------
To get the rope ladder, help the
farmer.
-----------------------------------
To help the farmer, the trees
should be:

       T...T
       ..T..
       T.T.T
       ..T..
       T...T
-----------------------------------
To get the ladder back, Change the
Ape into an Owl(e.g AWE,AWL,OWL).
He will fly off and drop the
ladder in the creeper room.
-----------------------------------
To open the security door requires
the rusty key from the turtle
-----------------------------------
The safe's code is 4096
(16^3=64^2)
-----------------------------------
One route for the spider is
L R L R L L L R L L L R L R L L L
R L R L L L
-----------------------------------
In the broom cupboard, TAKE
CALCULATOR, then 44-7-4-7-4-7-4
-----------------------------------
To rescue Runia(the aim), go to
her room with the ladder while
invisible, the DROP RING.  She
will do the rest!
-----------------------------------
Rgds
Stephen

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Re: L - The Mathemagical Adventure

Post by lurkio » Mon Feb 02, 2015 9:31 pm

I quite like this game. :wink:

And recently I finally managed to acquire an original copy -- although by somewhat unpleasant means. :-({|= Don't ask. :-#

Anyway, here's a scan of the case, the manual, and some accompanying leaflets. Enjoy.

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    PDF manual for "L - A Mathemagical Adventure" by the Association of Teachers of Mathematics
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The contents of my copy of the disc seem to be the same as the contents of the SSD that Pernod attached at the top of this thread. The disc itself has a printed label on it that encourages users to make a *BACKUP copy and to use the copy rather than the original. Consequently, there's no protection on the disc, and I was able to easily copy it to a DataCentre, and in fact to play the game from the DataCentre without any problems (so far).

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Cover image for the game "L - A Mathemagical Adventure" by the Association of Teachers of Mathematics

:idea:

[EDITed for aesthetics.]
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Re: L - The Mathemagical Adventure

Post by leenew » Mon Feb 02, 2015 10:55 pm

Hmmm... What are those mystical runes you tease us with Chet? :-k
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Re: L - The Mathemagical Adventure

Post by lurkio » Tue Feb 03, 2015 12:44 am

leenew wrote:Hmmm... What are those mystical runes you tease us with Chet? :-k
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Re: L - The Mathemagical Adventure

Post by litwr » Mon Nov 14, 2016 10:56 am

I've just finished it. It was an amusement. :D It was impossible for me to solve the music puzzle. I had to use a published solution for it. Is there any clue for the required tunes in the game?
The spider's puzzle is difficult. I had to write 11 lines of Prolog code to solve it. This program prints all 48 variants of the solution:

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7------------8    1278 - floor
|\          /|    3456 - ceiling
| \        / |
|  5------6  |
|  |      |  |
|  3------4  |
| /        \ |
|/          \|
1------------2
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[1,2,4,3,1,7,5,3,4,6,8,7,1,3,5,6,4,2,8,6,5,7,8,2,1] RRRLLLRRLRLRRLLRRRLLLRR
[1,2,4,3,1,7,5,6,4,2,8,6,5,3,4,6,8,7,1,3,5,7,8,2,1] RRRLLRLRRRLRRRLRLRRRLRR
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[1,2,4,3,1,7,8,6,5,7,1,3,5,6,4,2,8,7,5,3,4,6,8,2,1] RRRLRLLLRRRLLRRLRLRRLLR
[1,2,4,3,5,6,4,2,8,6,5,7,1,3,4,6,8,7,5,3,1,7,8,2,1] RRLLLRRRLLRRLRLRRLLLRRR
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[1,2,4,3,5,7,1,3,4,6,5,3,1,7,8,6,4,2,8,7,5,6,8,2,1] RRLRRRLRRRLLRLRRRLRRRLR
[1,2,4,3,5,7,1,3,4,6,8,7,5,6,4,2,8,6,5,3,1,7,8,2,1] RRLRRRLRLRRRLRRRLRLLRRR
[1,2,4,3,5,7,8,6,4,2,8,7,1,3,4,6,5,3,1,7,5,6,8,2,1] RRLRLLRRRLLRLRRRLLLRRLR
[1,2,4,3,5,7,8,6,5,3,1,7,5,6,4,2,8,7,1,3,4,6,8,2,1] RRLRLLLRLLLRLRRLLRLRLLR
[1,2,4,6,5,3,1,7,5,6,8,7,1,3,4,2,8,6,4,3,5,7,8,2,1] RLRRLLLRRRLRLLRRRLLRLRR
[1,2,4,6,5,3,1,7,8,6,4,3,5,7,1,3,4,2,8,7,5,6,8,2,1] RLRRLLRLRLLRRRLLRLRRRLR
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[1,2,8,6,4,3,1,7,8,2,4,6,5,7,1,3,5,6,8,7,5,3,4,2,1] LRRLRLRRLLRLRRRLRRRLRLL
[1,2,8,6,4,3,5,6,8,7,5,3,1,7,8,2,4,6,5,7,1,3,4,2,1] LRRLLLRRRLLLRRLLRLRRLLL
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My PC worked during about 90 seconds for this task. I had even made the picture of a spider route (it is the first in the list).
l-spider-web.png
It is interesting how did schoolboys and girls solve this puzzle in the 80s?! :shock: This puzzle has more than 8 millions wrong paths...
I have also attached the Prolog code.
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Re: L - The Mathemagical Adventure

Post by lurkio » Mon Nov 14, 2016 2:07 pm

litwr wrote:I've just finished it. It was an amusement. :D It was impossible for me to solve the music puzzle. I had to use a published solution for it. Is there any clue for the required tunes in the game?
The tune is Three Blind Mice, and I think the clue is that there are signs of mice somewhere in or near the music room, if I remember rightly.
litwr wrote:The spider's puzzle is difficult. I had to write 11 lines of Prolog code to solve it. This program prints all 48 variants of the solution ... My PC worked during about 90 seconds for this task ... It is interesting how did schoolboys and girls solve this puzzle in the 80s?! :shock: This puzzle has more than 8 millions wrong paths...
We did it by trial and error! It soon becomes obvious if you're on a wrong path, so you backtrack and correct your course, and if that doesn't work, you backtrack further and try again, and so on -- a bit like Prolog itself, actually! But unlike a comprehensive Prolog solution, when you get your first correct answer you stop!

:idea:

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Re: L - The Mathemagical Adventure

Post by Kenelm » Wed Sep 12, 2018 4:07 pm

As requested in the educational archive thread, below is the cover for 'L - A Mathemagical Adventure, A handbook of related activities'.

The booklet comprises around 70 photocopied A4 pages (only printed on one side) containing notes and worksheets that teachers could use to build on the puzzles encountered in the adventure. It doesn't appear to have been sold commercially, because it includes no publication details, although my copy has an inserted note giving an address where additional copies could be purchased for £2.50. The authors were Judith Barthorpe and Hilary Loney who I have been told were working independently of the team that produced L itself.

L didn't come with much in the way of printed materials, so I guess this was intended to fill that gap. One thing to note is that the booklet doesn't provide any solutions to the puzzles or indeed any help at all with completing the game. If teachers wished to use L in the classroom, they would first have to take the time to explore it themselves.

I think the cover is surprisingly good considering the booklet clearly wasn't produced to be sold commercially (and is better than the official L artwork). I don't know the story behind it, but a lot of work clearly went into it. There are nice details such as the mice in the foreground. I like it a lot.
L-handbook.jpg

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Re: L - The Mathemagical Adventure

Post by lurkio » Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:20 pm

Kenelm wrote:
Wed Sep 12, 2018 4:07 pm
below is the cover for 'L - A Mathemagical Adventure, A handbook of related activities'
Well, that is indeed pretty great! Thank you for uploading it.

=D> =D>

It looks like it was commissioned especially for the handbook -- unlike the cover of the case (and the instruction booklet) for the game itself, which is a slightly altered copy of a Durer engraving or something.

Any chance of a higher-resolution scan of that cover for the handbook?

Even better would be a scan (lo-res would be fine) -- or perhaps some quick smartphone photos -- of the actual contents of the handbook! Or is that asking too much..?

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Re: L - The Mathemagical Adventure

Post by VectorEyes » Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:13 pm

I have many fond memories of playing (and completing) this at school. I think I solved the spider puzzle by sitting down and drawing a cube, then plotting various routes around it until I could see a pattern for a solution. I can remember the pattern to this day!

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Re: L - The Mathemagical Adventure

Post by lurkio » Thu Sep 13, 2018 10:19 am

VectorEyes wrote:
Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:13 pm
I have many fond memories of playing (and completing) this at school. I think I solved the spider puzzle by sitting down and drawing a cube, then plotting various routes around it until I could see a pattern for a solution. I can remember the pattern to this day!
Ha! For me, what's burnt into my memory is the shape you have to cut the key-blank into -- mainly because I never really understood the puzzle, so I just had to memorise someone else's answer!
:idea:
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Re: L - The Mathemagical Adventure

Post by Kenelm » Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:33 am

Here's a complete scan of the handbook. I've had to split it into two parts because I couldn't compress it enough to fit within the maximum allowed file size.

You will see that the cover artwork is poorer quality than the version above. The published version was actually just a photocopy.

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Re: L - The Mathemagical Adventure

Post by lurkio » Fri Sep 14, 2018 11:00 am

Kenelm wrote:
Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:33 am
Here's a complete scan of the handbook. I've had to split it into two parts because I couldn't compress it enough to fit within the maximum allowed file size.
That's great! Many, many thanks for doing this.

=D> =D> =D>

Kenelm wrote:
Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:33 am
You will see that the cover artwork is poorer quality than the version above. The published version was actually just a photocopy.
Yes, but the images in the PDF have double the horizontal resolution (twice the number of pixels) of the JPEG you uploaded, so you can see more detail in the cover in the PDF (or at least in those parts of the cover-image in the PDF where the original paper wasn't scratched or worn).

At the risk of pushing my luck beyond all reasonable limits, is there any chance you could upload a higher-res version of that JPEG? It's just such a fantastic realisation of the world of L!

:?:
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Re: L - The Mathemagical Adventure

Post by Kenelm » Fri Sep 14, 2018 3:05 pm

The full size drawing is wonderfully detailed. An awful lot of work must have gone into it. Having done some research I have found the artist's name is Richard Burgess. It actually appears in the drawing, as the chapter title of the book on the table, along with 86, presumably the year it was created.

While I can't share the full size version, I can offer this:
L-Activities-cover-1000.jpg
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