22 October 2012

laizhufu - Yin Tiger

 
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Author: laizhufu
Title: 寅虎 ("Yin Tiger")
Date: 2012.10.22
URL: bbs.mf8-china.com/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=92715&extra=page%3D1&page=6


Fantastic "Yin Tiger"! And nice drawing, even with whiskers... I love it!


 

17 October 2012

My favorite authors - Jean-Pierre Kent

Sokoboxx 2.13 - Psion Series 7

A few days ago, 随风而逝 ("Gone with the Wind") sent me two new levels, and in the same email he copied the level 63 of Jean-Pierre Kent, with a comment in Chinese that I couldn't understand very well, but in which he called "master" to Kent. I didn't remember the puzzles of Kent, and I ran to check your collection ... Fantastic puzzles! It was like coming home after a long absence ... I highly recommend the collection of
Jean-Pierre Kent to all genuine fans to Sokoban. It is excellent!

The collection of 75 puzzles of Jean-Pierre Kent, "JPK Levels" (November 1998), could be played in the program Sokoboxx, edited by FatCatz (Taiwan) for Symbian / EPOC platforms. These are the features of version 1.09 of Sokoboxx (July 1999):

Sokoboxx
Publisher: FatCatz (Taiwan)
Version: 1.09
Cost: $15.00
Platforms: Psion Series 5, Geofox-One, 5mx, MC218, s7, netBook

On the Internet Archive you can visit the FatCatz website and download Sokoboxx:
http://web.archive.org/web/19990922005534/http://www.fatcatz.tm/products/sokoboxx/

Here you can download the latest version 2.13 of Sokoboxx (April 2002):
http://web.archive.org/web/20021016171554/http://fatcatz.net/products/ER5/sokoboxx/index.php

You can also download the collection "JPK Levels" (in .sbl format):
http://web.archive.org/web/19990922005534/http://www.fatcatz.tm/download/skl100en.zip

RMRBoxx - Sokoban Logic Game, is a version for Symbian OS V5.0 platforms. Publiser: RMR Software. Website: http://www.rmrsoft.com/epoc/boxx.htm

In Sokoboxx, Kent's collection was accompanied by the following note from the author:

Levels by Jean-Pierre Kent
Most are original, some are inspired by earlier collections.                    
Exclusively for Sokoboxx
Copyright (c) 1998 Jean-Pierre Kent


Indeed, some levels are based on levels of the "earlier collections" XSokoban (1993) and Sokoban Perfect (Thinking Rabbit, 1989). These are the ones that I have identified:

JPK
Level         Based on
-------     ----------------------

13          XSokoban 57
15
          Sokoban Perfect 79
17
          XSokoban 53
19
          XSokoban 80
21
          XSokoban 59
24
          (reminds Original 30 - Sokoban Perfect 246)
29
          XSokoban 72
32
          XSokoban 66
35
          (reminds Sokoban Perfect 212)
37
          XSokoban 54
48
          XSokoban 79
53
          XSokoban 73
56
          XSokoban 81
57
          XSokoban 65
59
          Sokoban Perfect 196
62
          XSokoban 63

The puzzles of Jean-Pierre Kent are not easy, but they are affordable for the players with some experience. All of the puzzles posed problems of storage very well studied and a great originality, and sometimes unusual difficulty.

These are my favorites: #11, storage area in the center and circulation around..., excellent; #19, is my favorite, because its simplicity and for its difficulty; #50, original charge storage area; #60, entertaining...; #63, unusual charge storage area, very difficult to visualize, one of the puzzles of greater difficulty of the collection...; #68, very nice and interesting; #75, sophisticated problem of storage.

You can download the Jean-Pierre Kent collection here:


JPK Levels (75 puzzles, 1998)

In the file "JPK_levels_arrangements" I've collected 32 remodels, everyone I know (thanks to Eric F. Tchong and Philippe Lamat your help). I have checked the solution to all of them.

There are several remodels of York Shen (posted in the old Chinese forum SuperSoko), but the greater part of remodels are work of the Japanese authors monry and kazuo. These remodels were published in the mailing list Sokoban-ML (managed by Okiyasu, 1999-2001), and were collected by Masato Hiramatsu in the set "JPK arrange (scratch)".

Enjoy the excellent puzzles of Jean-Pierre Kent, one of the most interesting and personal collections of Sokoban.



RMRBoxx - Psion Series 5

10 October 2012

Sufrimiento, y no sólo en España





PAUL KRUGMAN

Pain, and not only in Spain

In Spanish:

 


In 1933, those guilty of all the evils of Germany were Jews.

From 2010, those guilty of all the evils of Germany are the countries of the South (the GIPSI).

Since more than two years, EVERY DAY, without missing a single day, the German press devotes their praise of the southern European countries.

Is repeated exactly the same story. The same systematic rubbish-propaganda. The same lies and same infamy. The same destruction. THE SAME ENORMOUS SUFFERING. The same brutality. The same stupidity.

Meanwhile, the barbarians, crammed with rubbish-propaganda against the countries of the South, are surprised and outraged when someone compares Merkel with Hitler. What ingratitude! How unfair!... But if Merkel does not have a mustache!


09 October 2012

Sokoban 30th anniversary 1982-2012 (Continuation)

One of the most outstanding puzzles in the "Original" collection is the level 20. In fact, this is the first level that presents difficulties of some importance to the beginner player. Here I have collected 14 variations of this level, all that I know.


1.
Author: unknown (Thinking Rabbit)
Game: 倉庫番2 (Sokoban 2)
Title: Level 10
Developer: Thinking Rabbit
Publisher: Thinking Rabbit (Japan)
Platform: NEC PC-8801mk2, NEC PC-8001mk2, NEC PC-9801, FM-7, NEC PC-6001mk2, IBM JX, NEC PC-9801m2
Released: February 1984



2.
Author: unknown (Thinking Rabbit)
Game: Soko-Ban
Title: Level 20
Developer: Thinking Rabbit, ASCII Corp. (Japan)
Publisher: Spectrum HoloByte, Inc. (USA)
Platform: Apple II, DOS, Commodore 64, TRS-80 Color Computer

Released: 1988 


3.
Author: Tommy in Pennsylvania
Collection: MacTommy inventions
Title: Level 20
Comment:
This collection was included first in the freeware MacSokoban, by Ingemar Ragnemalm, for Macintosh; and later in KSokoban (v0.1.0, August 1998), by Anders Widell, for KDE platforms.
Date: January 1996



4.
Author: Kurt Nittel
Set: SokoNittel 1
Title: Level 20
Date: 1998



5.
Author: Thomas Jensen
Game: WSokoban! 2.0
Title: Level 13
Publisher: Thomas Jensen (Denmark)
Platform: Windows 9x/NT
Released: July 1998



6.
Author: Howard Abed
Collection: Fourth Set
Title: Level 10
Date: June 1999



7.
Author: Howard Abed
Set: Simple levels
Title: Original 9
Comment - H.A.: Remodel of original level 20
Date: March 2001



8.
Author: Frédéric Maire
Game: Pousseur
Title: Level 11
Comment: The original level is wrong: missing two goals.
Platform: Javascript
Website: www.interjeux.net/jeux/pousseur/index_fr.html
Date: May 2000



9.
Author: unknown (Thinking Rabbit) + York Shen
Title: Sokoban Perfect 226 a
Comment - Y.S.: One wall moved in entrance to collections area.
Date: July 2003 (?)



10.
Author: Eric F. Tchong
Collection: Aruba 8
Title: Level 9 Memories
Date: September 2004



11.
Author: Jordi Doménech
Collection: Original remixed
Title: Level 20
Date: July 2009



12.
Author: unknown (Thinking Rabbit) + Jordi Doménech + anian
Title: MF8 7th Sokoban Competition
Comment: Based on Original remixed #20 by Jordi Doménech, remodel of Original #20 from Thinking Rabbit.
Date: September 30, 2009
URL: bbs.mf8-china.com/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=39854&extra=page%3D2



13.
Author: unknown (Thinking Rabbit) + Jordi Doménech + anian + Tian Lang
Title: MF8 7th Sokoban Competition
Comment:
增加两只箱子,拼个“七” - T.L.
The goals in the central area are the Chinese number "7" (
七) - J.D.
Date: October 25, 2009
URL: bbs.mf8-china.com/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=41064&extra=page%3D3



14.
Author: Eric F. Tchong
Collection: Chuchubi 14
Title: Level 46 Old timer
Date: july 2011

07 October 2012

Magic Sokoban 4

New set "Magic Sokoban 4"
 

Magic Sokoban 4
Authors: Jordi Doménech, Marcus Hof and David Buchweitz
October 2012. 100 puzzles

In this fourth set have intervened Marcus Hof and David Buchweitz (from Let's Logic). Thanks a lot! - J.D.

05 October 2012

随风而逝



随风而逝 ("suifeng er shi" = "Gone with the Wind", according Bing Translator) sent me by email his collection of 47 levels. These are the levels that 随风而逝 has been built so far, but probably in the future be added other new levels to the collection.

You can download this 47 levels here:



I have translated the Chinese titles of the levels. I used Bing Translator and Google Translator. If there is any errors in the translations - which is likely - I apologize. The "suifeng er shi_47_Unicode" file is the original collection, with titles in Chinese.

In the Chinese forum MF8 have been posted several excellent remodels of some puzzles of 随风而逝. In the file "suifeng er shi_arrangements" I have collected some (not all) of these remodels. Enjoy!


01 October 2012