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To create beauty. To capture a spark of cosmic truth within a
model you can hold in your eye, your mind, your hand...and move
it about at will. To transmute chaos into order and define that
order in a myriad lovely ways. To start from a singularity, and
build to those levels of complexity that most enchant you. To
weave diversity into the sweetest harmony. To explore roads as yet
not dreamed of, perchance to create beauty.
Tactile Graphics

QUADRANTSTM   by Kate Jones

Facets of color zigzag across an iridescent field of 96 diamonds. Nestled within are 24 arrow-shaped tiles, each differently inlaid with four colors. Arrange many challenging patterns in and outside the tray. This piece lends a dramatic touch to any room. All-acrylic, with 15.5 x 18" black or white frame and frosted mirror diamonds for a metallic look. Choose your custom colors from our palette of available frosted tones.

Table model, with easel, $175
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Wall model with hanging strips, $185
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Framed 18x24" printed poster, $65
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This is the 24-sided embodiment of the Rombix concept discovered, developed and patented by Alan Schoen. It contains six different rhomb sizes. When paired in every possible concave combination, they yield 30 "twin" tiles. Including the 6 unit rhombs, the 36 pieces can tile the circle in thousands of ways and let the puzzler explore the deeper mathematical properties of the Rombix phenomenon. We recommend this set for advanced puzzlers only, or for those with a mathematical background. Keep out of reach of small children, as the more slender rhombs tend to have sharp tips. All-acrylic construction has transparent rainbow-tinted tiles in a 15" square black tray. Rainbow Rombix displayed on its easel is a striking visual art object. $125

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Chosen for the Games 100 list — one of the best games of 2001. This elegant concept uses eight different tile patterns. Every combination of 1, 2, 3 and 4 paths exiting from a square, with enough multiples in a strategic mix, allows the creation of the most intricate designs. Just match the paths. A strange fact — no matter how you connect the paths, the number of separate groups will always equal the number of closed loops formed. Latest discovery:  up to 19 are possible! See also embedded pentominoes. The laser-cut, hand-inlaid acrylic tiles are framed so the 14" set can be displayed on its easel as an ever-changing work of art. Four color combinations. Rules for several games are included. For 1 to 4 players, ages 10 to adult. $195

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... by Ward Hollins and Kate Jones

There are 19 patterns for cutting an octagon into 6 triangles (one sample shown at right). Each type of triangle is defined by its own color. Supplemented by one spare tile (wild card) and interspersed with square islands, the octagonal tiles create many fascinating color patterns: an everchanging work of art. Especially challenging: the "maximum sprouts" problem—only parallelograms, no chevrons, with the smallest triangles. See the new record: 20 (later upped to 24). The 11 x 14" tray holds the 20 tiles in a 4x5 array. Owner's manual includes many shapes to create/solve outside the tray, as well. All-acrylic construction combines frosted mirror colors such as gold, copper, silver, teal, aqua, blue. Custom color orders invited, in white (shown at left) or black tray.

Table model with easel, $195
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Wall model with hang strips, $205
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... created by Charles Butler and Kent Forrester

A Games 100 selection—one of the best games of 2009! There are 30 patterns for dividing a dodecagon into 12 triangles, where the triangles form single, double and triple "pie slices". Each size of pie is defined by its own color within a tile, with each tile having two of each size, or 6 sections. Same colors are never adjacent within the same tile, and every permutation of the three colors is included. The all-acrylic, hand-inlaid tiles are about 2.75" in diameter, with cool colors of blue, purple, and white. For Dazzle puzzles, all touching edges must color-match. The image above shows triangular spaces between tiles. When you surround these spaces with three edges of the same color or with 3 different colors, you've formed a "dazzle" and score bonus points. Earn more points for surrounding dazzles with all the same size or three different sizes of pie, and for the area of color you've formed. The tile design that grows on the table between the players is a work of art in itself. Want special colors? Let us know with your order. Available in frosted mirror colors, too. Packs in compact box for storage, or inquire about a gallery frame. For 1 to 7 players, ages 10 to adult. $135

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