Welcome!

Jan. 13th, 2013 -

“This site is devoted to the genre of the immersive puzzle,
but until there is another like MAZE, this site stands as a testament
to the brilliance of Christopher Manson, who, in one stroke
launched and mastered a new genre of literature.”

   -  White Raven

 

maze cover

 

Welcome to the MAZE community where fans of Christopher Manson’s MAZE can come together to share ideas, hints, clues, tips, tricks, solutions, observations, etc. to the multitude of MAZE puzzles that have gone unsolved in the public sphere.
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117 thoughts on “Welcome!

  1. I have asked Dave to take a break for a while to give him a chance to regroup.If all goes well he will be back soon!

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    • Sounds like he was in a bad mood. :(

      We do take this a BIT too seriously at times.

      I may need a Maze sabbatical again myself soon.

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    • From his emails I gathered that Waitandsee is a teenager maybe 15 or 16. He emailed to ask permission to post on the site! I think he was under the impression that we were all a bunch of Einsteins discussing the weightier matters of of puzzle lore.

      Things get a little raw around here from time to time but personally I like that. Guess it was a little too much for him.

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    • If he thinks this site is too raw I hope he never discovers any other part of the internet.

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  2. Here to comment on the guide puzzle but I wanted to say how much I like the changes. The site is easier to navigate and the maps are essential. Nice.

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    • White Raven, the site looks great on my phone and table. HOWEVER the maze forum drop link just takes me to the forum main page instead of letting me pick a drop link from the list. Can that be fixed?

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    • Carl Koffman,

      The MAZE Forum link is now cell phone friendly. Thanks for the suggestion!

      White Raven

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  3. Abyssians,

    I am making some minor changes to navigation in anticipation of following through on a request by Manson that is now a couple years old. I am adding a simple play-thru, basically MAZE online, using the images I am already using, with copyright information and a link to Amazon on every page.

    So the forum is no longer under “MAZE” but is now under “MAZE Forum.”

    A request: Is anyone here a wikipedia editor? There is a unauthorized online version of MAZE by a duo called Dreadful and Sinister in which they modified the text as a vanity piece. When I am done with MAZE-online could someone delete the link to D & S and replace it with this version?

    White Raven

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    • looks like they just stole the link map code and images from the original online archived version.

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    • SP,

      Yep, looks like they just did a little copy and paste, and then changed the names of some of the characters to themselves. Cheeky devils!

      The version I am working on is fresh code, hot off the keyboard! Actually, as I am sure you know, there is a lot of copy and paste going on in fresh code as well. The creative, fun part lasts for about an hour, then it is 8 hours of… [clone page] -click- -click- -click- -click- copy>paste -click- -click- -click- -click- copy>paste etc.

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  4. Hmm. Well. Either this is not THE thing or I didn’t name enough of the things. It still may be A thing anyway so maybe we should try to spot “things”

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  5. Abyssians,

    I’ve added a few whirly gigs to the site.

    1. The room pages can now be navigated by clicking on the doors in the illustration.

    2. The room pages now have a map reference below the solutions.

    3. The Trap, Loop, and Path index pages now have clickable navigation maps.

    Let me know if anything doesn’t work properly.

    White Raven

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    • Nicely done! The click-maps must have taken a coon’s age to make. For those of us who don’t have the maps memorized this is a god send. Thank you!

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  6. Gentile, Vewatkin, SP,

    I removed Gentile’s comments from Room 22 but then the comments from all three of you after his comment then made no sense so I deleted these comments as well. Since they didn’t include possible solutions I figured you all might forgive me for this.

    White Raven

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    • I don’t know that I can endorse a policy of deleting my comments just because they make no sense, but I’ll look the other way this time.

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    • LOL! Imagine how many posts I would have to delete if I made that my policy! Thank you for your understand…this time. :)

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    • That’s fine, I assume if something’s not maze related it might get truncated.

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  7. Abyssians,

    We just passed 4,500 comments!

    Special thanks to recent contributors:
    Beelzebibble
    Dave G
    Dnutz
    Eule
    Factitious
    515
    Friendly Floyd
    HupeHupe
    Jessica Miller
    Justin J
    Marianne
    SP
    Vewatkins

    I have recovered from surgery but my heart condition remains problematic. I apologize if I drop out for periods of time as I struggle through.

    Thanks! :)

    White Raven

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    • If we weren’t mostly a bunch of godless heathens we’d pray for you. Since we are mostly a bunch of godless heathens, though, I’ll just note that you should probably choose someone to bequeath your secrets and identity to in the case of your death, and they can pull a Dread Pirate Roberts with the site. I guess the honor should probably be 515′s, unless he/she can be unseated before your passing.

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    • Heartwarming.

      I do not think I will be kicking the bucket just yet but if I do I’d rather do a Knights Templar than a Dread Pirate Roberts.

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    • In all seriousness, I hope everything works out and you feel better soon. If you need anything of any of us don’t hesitate to ask, though I can’t imagine what that could possibly be.

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  8. Abyssians,

    You may have noticed a lack of participation on my part recently, I had heart surgery and I am having a slow and difficult recovery. I will catch up with comments when I am able.

    By the way, we just passed 3,500 comments!

    White Raven

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    • As soon as he’s back on his feet we’re going to have a boxing match for charity.

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    • Mary, vewatkin, sp, Marianne and those of you wrote me emails, such kindness, thank you!

      Hmm… back surgery vs. heart surgery… in a boxing match… I doubt either of us would survive round one, but what the hell, it’s for charity. :)

      White Raven

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    • I don’t see my previous comment here. I probably pushed the wrong button again. But I really do hope you get well soon. Both of you.

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    • Best wishes for swift recovery, all of you who have had your bodies invaded for corrective surgery! You think Christopher Manson invented a maze? You ought to see the inside of your body! Now, *there* is a maze!

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  9. HELLO. I’m only just become a teenager, but I’ve had the Maze for as long as I can remember and I like to think I’m intelligent enough to help solve things and whatnot with the rest of you! I came to this site when I saw that my older sister was reading The Cask Of Amontillado for school, (which I had already read on my own time last year and saw how page 39 referenced it) so I had decided to look up more things about the book, deciding that I wasn’t quite done with it. That happened a couple of days ago but this is the first time I’ve written something on here, since it is now the weekend and there’s no homework. I’m hoping to become a regular visitor to the site, although I’d have to do it on my own since my inbox is so full (a thousand-something unread!) that I’ve stopped checking for new e-mails.

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    • Welcome to the gong show! We’re glad to see this small community grow from all walks of life.

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  10. To all readers of this site:

    Based on a review of site statistics, removing all the spiders, hotlinks, accidental visits, one time visitors, and even casual visitors, The Abyss has at present a community of about 162 readers who check in more than twice a month and seriously read the material.

    I have heard from many of you in emails but I thought it would be nice for the hardy solvers to hear from their public.

    If you are a reader of this site please reply to this comment and just say hi. If you don’t want to leave an email address, just write in your nickname @intotheabyss.net and I will approve a one time comment.

    If you want to say a bit more, perhaps mention how you came to be a fan of MAZE.

    We look forward to hearing from you!

    White Raven

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    • It wasn’t until I saw Dave’s comment and reread the post that I realized the request for salutations applies to the regulars as well. Hi!

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    • Hi White Raven, Dave and Vewatkin! You guys rock!

      I got my book as a gift from a weird uncle. Years of looking over the book and now I am weird too.

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    • My roommate died and inherited the book which just adds to the creepiness. Greetings to you all!

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    • Hey all you maze fans! My book arrived after an odd experience. I was driving alone along a long stretch of highway and suddenly a bright light shown down on my car. Next thing I knew I was home 200 miles away with the book in seat next to me and an odd scar on my abdomen. Been a fan ever since!

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    • I have been a fan since I was 15. It is great to see that people recognize that this book is genius.

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    • Hey everyone! You are all way smart and us dummies appreciate it.

      Raven, thanks for not spilling your beans all at once. This is awesome.

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    • Told to me by Sam the girl (with permission to post):

      How I got into maze…Someone left the book in my room in college. My roommate and I kept the door unlocked so I am sure someone just left it in there. I held on to the book in case someone came asking for it. I decided to play through it once before throwing it away. Now it is my favorite book. I have the strangest feeling that if I can understand maze I can understand life.

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    • Hi! When I was a 7 or 8, I’d visit my Dad every other weekend. He lived in a small apartment that had very few books. One of the books he did have was this book “Maze”, which he left underneath his coffee table and seemingly had 0% interest in–perhaps he received it as a gift? My favorite book at the time was “the 11th Hour” by Graeme Base. It’s also a sort of a picture-mystery book full of riddles, red herrings, and luscious illustration. The difference was “The 11th Hour” was solve-able. “Maze,” it seemed, was not, and I think I can share with this forum and say that I spent many hours as a child flipping my way through that book and attempting to grasp it. Like, really: attempting to grasp it. I never did. Now, in my 30s, I have purchased a used copy from Amazon and keep it in my bathroom where still it haunts me…but not because I don’t grasp the riddles (I don’t. At all.) It haunts me because I get the feeling that even if I did learn or solve “Maze”, it would still be a mystery.

      For fans of “Maze” who may also be into science fiction or fantasy literature, I’d recommend Gene Wolfe’s “New Sun” series, which presents a similar level of high-mystery and inspires its own lively, dedicated discourse. Thanks for reading.

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    • Hey everyone, great to hear from you all!

      For me Maze is a childhood fetish that will never end.

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    • As I approach my 70th birthday anniversary, I look for more puzzles to solve, keeping what remains of my mind active and healthy. Christopher Manson has captured my imagination! I don’t know that there is a *single* solution to the puzzle–there could be several, depending on the attitude and mindset of the player. Still, I enjoy the play!

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  11. Abyssians,

    The last three weeks has seen the granting of one puzzle point but that one put us at 66% solved (based on the solutions I am familiar with, not including guide stuff, void where prohibited).

    One third to go!

    White Raven

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  12. Abyssians,

    We have just passed 2,500 comments!

    Special thanks to our recent contributors:

    Anchorperson Smith
    Beelzebibble
    David Gentile
    Hello Gregor
    Hidden Mystery
    Kyle Stedman
    SP
    Vewatkin
    Wanderer

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