Old 11-29-2013, 07:06 PM
admin's Avatar
admin admin is offline
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 181
Default Beta Testers for Logic-Puzzles.org Version 2.0

It's been about two-years in the works, but Logic-Puzzles.org "Version 2.0" is nearly ready for beta testing. This is a brand new site which incorporates many of the features our users have been requesting - here's just a few:

1. Puzzle Sizes - Currently we have only 4x4 and 4x5 puzzles on the site, but Version 2.0 will have a much wider range of sizes, 6 in all: 3x4, 3x5, 4x4, 4x5, 4x6 and 4x7.

2. Selecting Puzzle Size and Difficulty - Players will be able to choose their preferred puzzle size and difficulty range for every puzzle - no more having to constantly refresh the page in order to randomly load the puzzle size/range you're looking for.

3. Auto-X - Making a cell TRUE will automatically X-out all other options in its sub-row and sub-column.

4. Undo Button - The game will now remember your every move, and you'll be able to "go back" to an earlier grid state if you feel you've made a mistake.

5. Check for Errors - You can check your grid for errors at any point in the game. Incorrect cells will be removed automatically (though at a cost - each removed square will result in a penalty scored against your final total.)

6. Improved Hints - If you get stuck and can't figure out your next move, you can request a hint, and the system will tell you what the next logical deduction should be. Not a random true or false value, as is currently sent back - but a textual explanation of where the next logical move should be, and why. (Again, at a cost - hefty point penalties are incurred for each hint requested.)

7. Improved Labels - The current site relies on individual image files for each label in the grid, and that can cause problems if an image fails to load - we've done away with this in Version 2.0. All labels will be plain text, even the ones rotated 90 degrees.

We're hoping to have the beta site open for limited testing within the next week. If you're interested in testing out all the new Version 2.0 features, we'd love to hear your feedback - please email admin@puzzlebaron.com with the following information:

- Your username (if registered)
- Your hardware and operating system (i.e. Desktop Windows 7, Laptop Mac OSX, iPad, etc.)
- Browser you prefer to use (i.e. Internet Explorer 9, Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc.)

Once the site is ready for beta testing around the 1st week of December, we'll get back to you with a URL and password information so you can access the beta.
Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-2013, 02:07 PM
BillsBayou's Avatar
BillsBayou BillsBayou is offline
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: New Orleans
Posts: 77

Two suggestions:

1) Have the ratings reflect the difficulty of the puzzles. If an easy puzzle takes 3 minutes to solve and a difficult puzzle takes 15 minutes, then have the ratings reflect this.

2) How about puzzles in the 5x5, 5x6, or 5x7 sizes?

Oh, and my email request has been sent.
Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-2013, 08:08 PM
admin's Avatar
admin admin is offline
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 181

Hi Bill -

The new site has a completely new puzzle library, so it will take a few months to build up enough stats - but what you suggest is essentially how it will work. Initially each puzzle is given an estimated difficulty rating based on the types of logic we think are needed in order to solve them. But after about 2-3 months I expect we'll have enough data to re-rank each puzzle according to real-world solving statistics, and points will be awarded based on both puzzle size and difficulty range.

5-group puzzles are definitely something we're considering for the future, but for right now we're maxing it out at 4x7.

Unless you emailed under a different username I don't think I received your request - can you resend to admin@puzzlebaron.com? The beta is now open for testing.

Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-2013, 10:11 PM
derek's Avatar
derek derek is offline
Junior Member
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: uk
Posts: 16
Smile logic-puzzles.orgversion 2.0

just tried out the new site.really good. instructions really clear. love the fact that you can now have the choice of bigger grids and being able to choose your own difficulty without having to constantly click. its a winner!
Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2013, 07:31 AM
admin's Avatar
admin admin is offline
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 181

Thanks for the feedback, Derek!
Reply With Quote
Old 12-04-2013, 10:12 AM
passel3 passel3 is offline
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 46

Where do you want feedback? You've requested screen shots, where they would be useful, but I'm assuming if you click on the comment area, you can only place a comment, no attachments. None of the Forum buttons on the beta site work for me, I get "The requested URL /forum/showthread.php was not found on this server." Is this thread going to be the dumping ground for feedback, or another spot, or e-mail?

Feedback from first access to the beta site:
Internet Explorer 8 (8.0.7601.17514)
The very first attempt at starting a puzzle (didn't make any selection changes, just left at the default (3x4 Easy) setting I got "Unknown column 'played_x' in 'field list'123" instead of a puzzle.
Went back and moved the sliders around, but put back to (3x4,easy) and selected again and got a puzzle.
When I got the solution, moving the mouse over "Submit Solution" button does the roll over high lighting but the button does absolutely nothing when I click on it.
I also pressed the "Save Progress" button. It shows progress bar cycling, but never stops cycling and I get no indication that it is doing anything else.
Apparently it does save the progress though since it will come back when game revisited in the same
browser or revisited in another browser.

I switched to Firefox browser (24.1.1) and the Submit Solution and Save Progress work fine in that browser.
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

All times are GMT. The time now is 06:41 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.2
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

About Puzzle Baron

The Puzzle Baron family of web sites has served millions and millions of puzzle enthusiasts since its inception in 2006. From cryptograms to acrostics, logic puzzles to drop quotes, patchwords to wordtwist and even sudoku, we run the gamut in word puzzles, printable puzzles and logic games.