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    Dear Twelevers,

    Back during the heyday of A Treasure's Trove, I was an active and devoted member of this site. I owe much to this community, and I can honestly say that one of my contest wins, The Secrets of the Alchemist Dar pre-release contest, would never have happened if not for the support I received here.

    In an effort to give something back to the next generation of armchair treasure hunters, I have created an online puzzle contest called 52 Master Pieces. This project is designed to inspire creative thinking in a uniquely fun and original way. The site will be free for everyone, is welcoming to players of all ages and skill levels, and includes $5200 in cash and fantastic prizes (visit the site to learn more).

    This is a non-profit project. 100% of proceeds from volunteer donations will be given to the Gathering for Gardner Foundation, a non-profit educational organization that supports "enthusiasm-based learning" initiatives worldwide.

    Our crowdfunding site (with lots of great rewards):
    startsomegood.com/52mp

    Promo video:
    https://youtu.be/8cRZUkdA8rw

    And the 52 Master Pieces website itself:
    52masterpieces.com

    Please note that our website is currently in a demo mode to maintain the integrity of the contest prior to its official release, scheduled for 5/20/16.

    Good luck, spread the word, be kind to one another, and enjoy!

    David Cohen (calvin)

    P.S. Another long-time tweleve member, Steve Geller (milltycoon) has been an invaluable contributor to this project as an editor and creative consultant.

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    Hey, everyone. Good to see many of you again after such a long time. I am very excited about this contest, one for which I think people here will receive high levels of satisfaction if they participate. I attest that the internal structure is fascinating, that the puzzles are challenging yet fun, and that the chase for the 52 Master Pieces grand prize will be a fantastic addition to the Tweleve library.

    A demo version of the site is available at https://52masterpieces.com. Our fundraising pitch can be found at https://startsomegood.com/52mp, and our promotional ad can be found at https://youtu.be/8cRZUkdA8rw. Sign up today!

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    OUR FIRST WINNER!

    While the contest has not yet started (anticipated release date 5/20/16), we will be awarding some bonus gifts along the way. Yesterday we had our 52nd player register at the contest website, 52masterpieces.com. Congratulations to Bookworm660, who will receive a customized deck of playing cards with the 52 Master Pieces logo.

    To learn more about our project, please visit the link below:

    startsomegood.com/52mp

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    oh darn! It appears i was registered player number 53 -- so close!

    I am enjoying my time with the demo version of the website, solving what I can see, poking around and doing some basic sanity checks. (I have found some issues with the credits, for example, in the way attributions are given for some images and maybe a few typos as well.)

    The level of donations aren't as high as I might have expected by now, but it's still possible to rise above the minimum baseline in order to launch. (I have already made a pledge, under another name.) I'll reach out to other puzzle groups, if you haven't yet done so. It would help if you had accounts on twitter, tumblr, facebook, etc. for passing along, besides linking to the main site. People on social media seem more likely to retweet/reblog/"like" posts with that magic @ sign, maybe because it shows membership in their club rather than advertising spam.

    And it just so happens that my family includes an alumna from one of those schools on the upcoming events list for the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festivals. It is a worthy cause.

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    Looks very well done and quite interesting. Not much to work on lately, so signed up for the book! Hope they make it.

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    Thanks for the supportive / constructive posts here. A number of you have also brought up relevant questions in private messages. If you think your question might apply to other players, you are welcome to ask it here so I can answer it for everyone. Here are two:

    Q: Can players from countries other than the US participate?
    A: We welcome players from all countries to enjoy this site, but unfortunately it is necessary (for legal reasons) to be a US resident to be eligible for prizes. Players from other countries will still have access to every page and puzzle in this contest. Collaboration with other players is allowed (see Official Rules), and perhaps you might even find a collaborating partner from the US here on tweleve.

    Q: When can we expect to receive rewards from the crowdfunding?
    A: No funds are actually received from crowdfunding until a goal is reached. If the goal is not reached, supporters do not need to pay their pledge. If and when we reach our goal, rewards will be mailed promptly. The custom-made laser-etched cards will need to be ordered and will be shipped when received. The Limited Edition Companion Book will be shipped once the contest has begun (so that recipients don't receive an unfair advantage in the contest).

    Regarding the use of social media, we do have a Facebook page which you can see here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/653148071494874/

    We are optimistic that the upcoming social media efforts of the Gathering for Gardner Foundation will help draw attention among students, educators, and puzzle enthusiasts. There has been an amazing serendipity to this project...time and time again the perfect person or resource has appeared in exactly the right way at exactly the right time. All three of us who created this "labor of love" project live largely off the social media grid. If you are someone who might be willing and able to help share this project with a wider audience by using your well-honed social media or marketing skills, please let us know.

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    Success!

    The 52 Master Pieces crowdfunding campaign has reached its goal, and the contest will officially be launched on 5/20/16 at 5:20pm EST.

    52 Master Pieces is a 150 page online puzzle contest that is free for everyone, contains hundreds of classic and original puzzles, and has a prize collection that totals $5200. The current web address for our demo, http://52masterpieces.com, will link to the active contest on 5/20/16 at 5:20pm EST.

    We do have one request for the tweleve community...please share this free resource with friends, family, students, teachers, and puzzle enthusiasts of all ages!

    To learn more about this "enthusiasm-based learning" project, visit http://startsomegood.com/52mp.

    Good luck and happy puzzling,
    David (calvin)

    P.S. A heartfelt thank you to all twelevers who have supported this project.

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    Hi All! Really looking forward to this. I was a big fan of Treasure's Trove back in the day, so hopefully this brings back a lot of good memories!

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    Hi David,

    Thank you for my donation gift of the playing cards and puzzle fridge magnet, very prompt considering I am over the pond.
    Looking forward to the start.

    Nick
    Keep outta my Swamp! BDC

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    Quote Originally Posted by calvin View Post
    Success!

    The 52 Master Pieces crowdfunding campaign has reached its goal, and the contest will officially be launched on 5/20/16 at 5:20pm EST.
    ...
    The current web address for our demo, http://52masterpieces.com, will link to the active contest on 5/20/16 at 5:20pm EST.
    (someone really likes that 5-2 combination, i see) And so it begins! Your statement made me think going to the URL of the demo site would then offer me a LINK to the active contest, but apparently it already swapped out the content, as I am seeing a few additions/modifications now. (Explanatory text blocks are always welcome.)

    Congratulations on gathering supporters beyond your initial goal!

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