Tony Fisher's Golden Cube 2 Extreme? Puzzles

Tony Fisher's Golden Cube 2 Extreme? Puzzle
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Tony Fisher's Golden Cube 2 Extreme? PuzzleTony Fisher's Golden Cube 2 puzzles
Tony Fisher's Golden Cube 2 Extreme? PuzzleTony Fisher's Golden Cube 2 puzzles
Tony Fisher's Golden Cube 2 Extreme? PuzzleTony Fisher's Golden Cube 2 puzzles
Tony Fisher's Golden Cube 2 Extreme? PuzzleTony Fisher's Golden Cube 2 puzzles
Tony Fisher's Golden Cube 2 Extreme? PuzzleSize comparison from left to right-
Rubik's Cube (5.7cm)
My 1999 original Golden Cube (7.9 cm)
My 2014 Golden Cube 2 Extreme (7.6 cm)
Mefferts 2007 mass produced Golden Cube (8 cm)
Tony Fisher's Golden Cube 2 Extreme? PuzzleOn the left is my Golden Cube 2. All  4 versions of it have a triangular piece with no obvious orientation plus a square piece similarly with no obvious orientation. These pieces will cause parity issues for the solver. So parity issue pieces = 2
The central puzzle above is my original Golden Cube. This had a triangular piece with no obvious orientation. So parity issue pieces = 1
The puzzle on the right is Meffert's mass produced version of my original Golden Cube. Although it had a triangular piece unfortunately its symmetry was lost and orientation is obvious. So parity issue pieces = 0.
Tony Fisher's Golden Cube 2 Extreme? PuzzleTony Fisher's Golden Cube 2 Extreme? puzzle
Tony Fisher's Golden Cube 2 Extreme? PuzzleTony Fisher's Golden Cube 2 (unbandaged) puzzle
Tony Fisher's Golden Cube 2 Extreme? PuzzleTony Fisher's Golden Cube 2 (unbandaged) puzzle. Black on white.
Tony Fisher's Golden Cube 2 Extreme? PuzzleTony Fisher's Golden Cube 2 Extreme? puzzle. Black on white.
Tony Fisher's Golden Cube 2 Extreme? PuzzleTony Fisher's Golden Cube 2 Extreme? puzzle.
Tony Fisher's Golden Cube 2 Extreme? PuzzleTony Fisher's Golden Cube 2 (regular) puzzle.
Tony Fisher's Golden Cube 2 Extreme? PuzzleTony Fisher's Golden Cube 2 Extreme? puzzle. Black on white.
Tony Fisher's Golden Cube 2 Extreme? PuzzleTony Fisher's Golden Cube 2 (regular) puzzle. Black on white.
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23rd March 2014

6th May 2014

October 2014

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2014 marks 15 years since I created the world's first Golden Cube. For sometime now I have wanted to make a sequel (probably not the correct word but never mind). I could see ways of making one more interesting, lighter, smaller with better stickers, harder and more extreme.
So, earlier this year I once again hand sculpted the necessary parts for a Golden Cube. A very long process but I had forgotten how enjoyable this kind of puzzle making is. I had certain elements I wanted to include but as with the original I had no idea how the final puzzle would look. It would however also be made from a Skewb and retain the best elements of the first, though with new cutting plains.
I was very happy with the prototype and after many many tweaks I made silicone rubber moulds from my masters and cast a few complete puzzles in polyurethane resin. As usual the project was part business, part hobby. This basically means it has to make money but I also want to enjoy making something I am passion about. So although I was very happy with my design I had to consider what others might think. Would they all like the standard shiny gold finish and and all of it's characteristics? Probably not, so I ended up making four very slightly different versions. The first and in my eyes the true sequel is the Golden Cube 2 Extreme? (gold stickers on black plastic). Yes the "?" is part of it's name. I have listed the main features below and will come back to the other three versions later.

1. As with the first, you solve it by shape alone since all the parts are unique and there is only one colour.
2. The solved puzzle is the equivalent to a partly turned Skewb. Like the first this adds to the confusion when trying to solve it but on my new puzzle the part turn is different, less obvious and less natural.
3. My original Golden Cube had a triangular piece with no obvious orientation. This could lead to parity problems though unfortunately it was not included in Meffert's factory version. My new cube has two such pieces. Since internally they are not the same type of piece, two different parity issues can occur.
4. My original Golden Cube had 14 pieces just like the skewb it was made from. My Golden Cube 2 Extreme? however has just 13 pieces. This is because two are bandaged together. This restricts the number of moves possible at any one time and adds further difficulty to the puzzle. It's like gluing two pieces of a Skewb together and then trying to solve it.
5. Some of the parts are quite similar. This means it is harder to decide what should go where.
6. The cubes do not have stickers or tiles in the traditional sense. They are similar in construction to Cubesmith's thin tiles though with a super glossy finish. They are hard and rigid and shouldn't peel. I assembled the gold myself but the black was assembled for me. All sticker/tiles were hand cut using a plastic sheet template.
7. There are no tiny or very thin faces on parts. This always annoyed me on the original and also Meffert's version. I was sick of trying to make stickers stay on those daft little areas.
8. The puzzles weigh 320 grams which is the same as Meffert's factory Golden Cube and 60 grams less than my originals. Once again I have moulded the pieces hollow though these are much more hollow than previously.
9. The puzzles have an edge length of 7.6 cm which is 4mm smaller than Meffert's and 3mm smaller than my originals. Not a huge difference but it's a slight improvement (sorry Frank).
10. Each cube is hand signed and comes in a nice little plastic container.

Ok, so the other three versions. From previous discussions I get the impression some people dislike any sort of bandaging or restrictions on a puzzle. For those people I have made an unbandaged version. Kind of defeats the extreme element a bit but with the possible parity errors it should still be an interesting improvement on the original.
Another element I know some people don't like is gold stickers. So for them I have created Ghost Cube style black on white versions of both the bandaged and unbandaged cubes. I should point out that the white is the natural resin colour and is in fact a bit yellowy.
From 1st November 2014 Golden Cube 2 puzzles will be available for sale here.


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