Game inventor: Anneke Treep
Cubits is an intricate set of tiles, giving the optical illusion of cubes, invented by our dear friend Anneke Treep. We published it in 1999 as a beautiful companion set to her other invention, Diamond Rainbow, that we had released in 1996.

Anneke Treep lives in Vledderveen, The Netherlands, with her husband, Roel. She used to live in Enschede, the town that made world news in 2000 when a fireworks factory blew up, knocking out a square kilometer of the city, demolishing hundreds of homes and killing many people. Anneke's home was damaged only slightly, being on the far edge of the blast zone. Some of her friends lost everything, miraculously escaping with their lives.

We had visited Anneke just the year before and admired the beautiful little town and its clean, peaceful neighborhoods. Now it had turned into a war zone that will take years to rebuild.

Anneke weathered the disaster with a courage born of her beautiful spirit. She is an artist and poet, apart from her math and computer background and her long association with the Dutch Cube Club, whose president she was for some years. The club was originally dedicated to in-depth explorations and mastery of Rubik's Cube, but has branched out to other puzzles and games in general.

Anneke visited us with her young son, Falco Freeling, shortly after they had taken a survival course with the Tracker School. When they locked themselves out of the house while we were gone, they "survived" by building a shelter in our backyard (see photo below).

Update 2020: Falco, all grown up, has become a chef in Groningen, The Netherlands. Anneke and Roel live close to nature, growing trees and gardening.
Any attempt to encapsulate or pigeon-hole Anneke would be in vain. One can only take total delight in her radiance and share in her unwavering love of life. This is what she sent when asked to contribute some biographical notes for this profile:

Looking for the beauty of simplicity:

Nature's ways
Mathematics (but it turned out much has been complicated too much for my taste)
Mind and Spirit

Let's get a little more detailed:
Movies and books with only a few main characters, focusing on the evolution
of their relationships;
The Trackerschool and Wilderness Awareness School;
Puzzle concepts, tilings and complete sets
Looking for elegant solutions
Feel the earth, the sun, the rain, the wind

Even in desperation there is happiness: the beauty of feeling.

live and love,

Anneke and Falco camping in our back woods in leaf shelter they built, one of many survival skills learned at the Tracker School.

Falco horsing around with our friend Fabian on our patio.

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