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Jason SavageA rival to Rubik?  Quite possibly.  A gift that will drive you friends nuts?  Perhaps!  Something different?  Definitely!  A novelty gift?  I would like to think The Manx is a little more sophisticated, but a novelty gift isn't a bad thing, especially if that's what you've been looking for.  Here it is!

Do you remember the 80's - Rubik's Cube.  What a phenomenon?  It's a sequential move puzzle, but in some marketing circles it was considered a novelty gift.  And goodness, was it successful.  As of January 2009, 350 million cubes have sold worldwide.  It is the top selling puzzle in the world.  I would like that record to go to The Manx!

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Personally, I Like The Opportunity
To Win Something

I am only speaking for myself here, but if I put out an effort to do something, I like to have the opportunity to receive some recognition above and beyond the fact that I successfully accomplished the task.  That's why I like to compete in running events.  I have the opportunity to win something for my effort.  That's a driving force for me.  The age group division in running events offers me a better prospect of winning an award.  That's why I incorporated age group divisions in the Manx events.  I went a step further by making a distinctive commemorative available to all who correctly solve a Manx within the allotted time frame - seven days.  There's so many incentives that I might even enter.  Although I can't really.  It's against the rules.

Anyone Can Win!

That's right.  You could win the Grand Prize.  The Manx has different nuances that level the field for competitors.  It doesn't matter if you're really good at solving puzzles, playing games, or writing books.  It doesn't matter if your young, a seasoned adult, or somewhere in between.  Due to this puzzle's design, everyone has an equal opportunity to win! 

Win Without Solving?

That's definitely possible.  Do you feel like you're too old or too busy to compete?  You know who has great visual acuity - young people.  They're good at figuring things out too.  Ask one of your children, nephews, or puzzle loving friends if they would like to compete for you.  They may win the Grand Prize.  Then you could sell it and divide the money.  There's nothing wong with that!

Concentrate on the Solving, not the Competition!

This event is designed to be fun and rewarding for everyone.  Don't get nervous about it being a competition.  Think about solving the Manx as a personal challenge.  You may be the Grand Prize winner, in the top 3, or place in your age group.  The real objective is to solve the puzzle.  Think about it as you would a jigsaw, crossword, or any other puzzle type.  The fun is in the solving.  And you get rewarded for solving this one! 

A Very Unusual Gift
An entry ticket or a mini CD (if available)

Why did so many give a Rubik's Cube as a gift?  This is pure speculation, but the cube was a new, movable block.  It was truly unique.  People may have liked the idea of giving something different.  We all look for the unusual, affordable present for that person who has everything.  Some may have given the cube just to torment their friends.  Whatever the reason, it has a place in history, and its success continues today.

The Manx is a puzzle, but it won't drive anyone crazy.  Well, maybe a few people.  Anyone, I hope, can solve them.  Although there are variations on the Rubik theme, including electronic versions, they are fundamentally alike.  I have no limitations on The Manx.  I can design thousands of them - each one different.  I can make them simple or more difficult than any sequential move puzzle.

There are speedcubing competitions, but I speculate the participants have a special affinity for such events.  Personally, I have not heard much about them.  If a physical cube - rather than an electronic version - is used, then the events have a limiting factor right there.  There is no limiting factor with The Manx.  It is delivered in electronic form, but it is not an electronic game.  It has been tested in a traditional jigsaw format using a printed manual.  The solving technique is the same.

And unlike the cube, physical dexterity is not an issue.  Can you imagine the thousands of hours cube competitors must practice to be able to realistically compete?  I did the same thing with yo-yos as a kid.  I entered and won many competitions, but I practiced many hours, day in and day out.

The Manx doesn't require that kind of dedication.  It's designed for anyone to arrive at the correct answer, which is the name of the art work that incorporates the puzzle's symbols.  Everyone can win in a Manx competition.  That's the beauty of it.  Just take a look at the Plasma Manx awards page.  I designed The Manx so people could have fun in a competitive event and at the same time the competitions would raise funds to support the two endeavors I mentioned in the second paragraph.

Competitor & Non-competitor:  Let me explain this.  Many road race registrations have the option to enter as a competitor or a non-competitor.  If you register as a non-competitor you are not eligible for an award or a registered time.  People who register as no-competitors simply like to run and are there to support the cause and enjoy the post race activities.

We do not offer a separate registration for competitors and non-competitors, but in effect you can decide if you want to compete or simply enjoy the puzzle solving experience as a non-competitor.  You can still win an award and your time will be registered, but you do not have to prepare yourself to receive the Keyword at the second it becomes available.  You can retrieve it when you want to start.  There is a seven day time limit to solve the puzzle.  That time period begins when the Keyword is made available to all registered competitors. That signifies the start of the competition.  You will understand the significance and usage of the Keyword after you complete the practice samples.

The bottom line is, you can enjoy the Manx experience in whatever manner suits your comfort level, as a competitor or a non-competitor.

I have been a competitive road racer for over thirty years.  One of The Manx traits was incorporated as a result of my racing experience - the age group award and categories.  If you are a runner or race coordinator, you may want to take a look at my Your Running Memories site.

Thank you very much for your time.  I look forward to seeing you on our results listing.

Jason Savage



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