Where: Tokyo, Japan. Held at the Hilton Narita, Tokyo
Day 2 - Sunday 4 August 2013 - Puzzle Party
The Puzzle Party is the one item on the agenda that every IPP participant looks forward to (maybe even more than the Puzzle Exchange). Today is the day where participants "set up shop" and sell their puzzles for other participants to buy, be it brand new ones, pre-loved ones or leftover puzzles from the previous day's Exchange.
Not all IPP participants have puzzles to sell. Me for instance; I had wanted to bring several copies of my Ball In Cylinder No 1s to the IPP but my fabricator could not finish making them in time for this trip. So like many other participants, I was quite happy to see what I could pick up at the party. The sale started at 9am sharp but by 8:45am, there were already quite a number of folks milling around the entrance, all eager to spend their cash.
Like the Puzzle Exchange, rows of tables were reserved for the puzzle sellers who laid out all their wares. When the doors opened at 9am, I sauntered in with the rest and scanned the entire room looking to see if there are any rare puzzles not available on the market. As this was my first IPP, perhaps I didn't have enough experience. I should have strategized my approach a bit more to make sure I covered all the necessary ground so that I didn't miss out on something that I really wanted. Yes, the veteran IPP members somehow knew which tables to head for and where the gems were to be found.
Over the course of the next four hours or so, I visited row after row of puzzles on display, bought puzzles that I fancied and chatted with different puzzle sellers and designers along the way. The Puzzle Party is like a upscale flea market. What a wonderful way to spend a Sunday morning and money!
One very valuable lesson I learnt from this IPP is to bring enough cash to pay for the puzzles, particularly the local currency, in this case, Japanese Yen. By enough cash I mean bring lots of it! Halfway through, I had run out of Yen but thankfully Roxanne Wong was kind enough to loan me some (from her huge stash) to continue my shopping spree (thanks Rox!)
|Tom van der Zanden|
|Vinco Obsivac of Vin & Co Puzzles|
|The folks from Torito|
|Jerry Slocum talking to a puzzler seller. |
The lady seated on the left in red is Roxanne Wong
|Oskar van Deventer & JinHoo Ahn (winner of the IPP32 Grand Jury Prize for the|
Double G, now the Hanayama Cast G&G)
|Robert Sandfield (in the foreground are money puzzles)|
|Koshi & Yuko Arai (Koshi was the winner of the IPP32 |
Jury Honorable Mention for his Heptagon 48)
|Me and Marcel Gillen|
|Left: Timo Jokitalo; Right: Vesa Timonen & Jo Traynor|
|Left: Rene Dawir; Right: Carlo Gitt|
|Mark Pawliger trying to figure out my Ball In Cylinder No1|
|From Left: Roxanne Wong, Allard Walker & Steven Chin|
Judging ended at 3pm on Sunday 4 August and votes were cast and collated. Next, to pass the time until the Awards Dinner, I headed to the side of the hall where there was an exhibition of puzzles from Hanayama. These were not your usual off-the-shelf Hanayama puzzles but the displays included prototypes, early models, gold puzzles, impossible objects made from Hanayama puzzles etc, the majority of which most puzzlers have never seen before.
|Impossible Object; 7 Cast Loops in a bottle|
|My favourite; 4 Cast Boxes linked together|
Sunday afternoon also saw several lectures on Hanayama Cast Puzzles including one by Oskar van Deventer on how the Cooksey Maze inspired his many future puzzle designs for which he is famous for today.
The lectures ended around 5:45pm and I took an hour's nap before washing up and heading for the Awards Dinner. A Powerpoint show was set up in the dining hall to display all the various puzzle design competition entries. There were a total of 60 designs entered for IPP33 this year. Here are the list of entries and award winners. The Puzzler's Award went to fellow Singaporean Goh Pit Khiam for his Dancing Shoes puzzle.
|My 15 seconds of fame during the Awards Dinner|
|Future IPP participant on the lower right!|
|Me with George Bell, Brian Pletcher, Allard Walker & Stephen Chin|
|The Renegades Forum members|
Back Row From Left: Stephen Chin, Oskar van Deventer
Scott Elliot, George Bell, Brian Pletcher, Nick Baxter
Front Row From Left: Brian Young, Roxanne Wong, Allard Walker
|Iwahiro Iwasawa, Chairman of the IPP33 Organising Committee with|
his Appreciation Puzzle by Wayne Daniels