like Logic Grid Puzzles Only... Better
February 12, 2010 7:21 PM Subscribe
I'm looking for logic puzzles/games/systems similar to logic grid puzzles
that are mostly deductive, pure logic, but that are more "realistic" or at least tell a more tangible story. Do such things exist? Also, how to construct your own and use them in a narrative structure?
posted by DetonatedManiac to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (8 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
I love board games and I find most gamers love puzzles, but usually I don't. I Hate Sudoku, Crosswords, etc. But these logic grid puzzles appeal to me. In the end, though, they are still puzzles and the "solutions" are arbitrary, abstract and contrived (I don't mean that negatively but its a fact).
What I'd really like is something more akin to a systematized murder mystery, a la Sherlock Holmes and House MD (Given, those are contrived too, but you know what I mean). Or, put another way, more "realistic", structured like something that a real detective would (or at least could) come across. Or maybe something that can systematically dissect the plots of movies like "Davinci Code" or "LA Confidential" (maybe not the best examples).
Finally, aside from a new pass time, I am looking to write these into the plot of an RPG campaign I am GMing, so hints on how to make your own and what logical systems are theoretically deductible would be appreciated. For instance, is it even possible to create a deductively solvable logic-grid-like puzzle WITHOUT the "attributes used once and only once per person" restriction? I would still like something somewhat "formulaic" and "systematic" but with a bit more flexibility.
I am hoping there are enough puzzle fanatics in the Hive mind who can decode my cryptic ramblings into something useful ;) Thanks Hive Mind.
PS - I don't mind logic jargon like Modus ponens, Disjunctive syllogism, etc, but I AM doing this for fun so something more entertaining/accessible would be appreciated (and, I should admit, I nearly failed my Logic class in College *blush*)