This is my first commissioned maze and because of it I was able to buy my domain name and fund the website. Thanks to gracious folks at Cyphercon for reaching out and asking for me to create a cover for their conference. Cyphercon is a hacker’s convention held in Wisconsin every year and the theme this year was forensics.
Cyphercon had various themes they wanted to include and since it was a hackers conference I wanted to stick with a computer theme. Hackers are puzzle masters so I needed to make the maze more difficult. This is the first maze I created that had additional rules to increase the challenge. The computer circuit board allowed me to incorporate all of the themes into one maze and add complexity.
Based on feedback from the rough sketch I came up with these six ideas for each chip on the circuit board.
- Hacker – I tried to create a simple yet easily identifiable image for to represent a hacker.
- Whitetail Buck – A nod to the Wisconsin area and the beauty of the regions. Plus deer are much cooler than a block of cheese.
- Third Eye – This was a request from the customer. It symbolizes looking into a different world.
- Binary Code – I wanted to find a way to represent computer programming and binary code is the core of all applications.
- Fingerprint – Symbolizes this year’s theme of forensics at the Cyphercon convention.
- White / Black Hat – Represents hacking for good versus bad intentions.
Adding an additional game element to the mazes sparked a ton of ideas. I’ll be incorporating additional puzzles types into future mazes. I’ve added similar game play into my snowflake and gondola mazes. Currently I am working on a way to incorporate numbers and letter puzzles into future mazes. My first attempt (Ireland Maze) just ended up confusing everyone so I’m back to the drawing board and hope to have some new ideas to share soon.
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