Yesterday, while ‘stuck’ (very pleasantly, despite the fact that it was due to expected inclement weather which never reached us) in Massachusetts with my lady, I had the opportunity to play a new game with her called The Room. ”You’ll like it,” she said. ”It’s about solving puzzles while opening a magical box. The box is kinda like your kavad, but it’s a lot more fun to open.”
She’s got a point about that. It’s a beautiful, amazing, elegant game, and I love it a lot. I’d buy it for my own iPad, except I have a 1st generation model, and it looks like you need at least an iPad3 to play it.
But it did inspire me to consider re-building the kavad with some moving parts beyond hinges and drawers. I’m not sure that my technical skills are up to the challenge, frankly, but the play-through last night of The Room offered a lot of interesting possibilities — from re-imagining the box with a steampunk aesthetic only, to actually including an iris window to cover over the built-in table of practice on the top. Incorporating puzzles into the design will also keep onlookers intrigued or interested…
But I’m getting ahead of myself. I can’t keep designing things if I don’t finish them. And right now, I need to finish the kavad as is, rather than think about how to redesign it using engineering skills I haven’t even begun to develop. At least half of every project involves knowing what things you can’t do, so you can concentrate on what you can.