Dezzan

Check out this sweet maze game called Dezzan! I saw this posted on Reddit the other day. It looks so fun - you get to battle mutants, solve puzzles, dodge traps, and face a ton of other challenges. I’ll check it out as soon as I get a computer capable of running it!!

https://imgur.com/gallery/Zqc5o99?s=sms

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IU vs Purdue

I couldn’t draw a maze of my home state without giving it a little extra attention! I ended up making two versions - one with a start in Bloomington (home of Indiana University) and one that starts in West Lafayette (Purdue University). Both of course are bathed in school colors. The finish is Indianapolis. Which do you prefer?

Black & Gold for Purdue

Black & Gold for Purdue

Cream & Crimson for IU

Cream & Crimson for IU

Halfway There! Kentucky and Tennessee Solutions

Kentucky is the 25th state I’ve completed so far! Just 25 more to go. March was super productive, finishing 12 last month alone! I might just have this project finished by Summer at this rate!

The Kentucky maze starts off in the little exclave called the Kentucky Bend, cut off from the rest of the state by the Mississippi. There are multiple routes you can take, and there is a secondary goal. The golden dot near the race horse is Fort Knox! Be sure to stop by and make a withdrawal. The finish is in the far eastern point of the state - which other than being the easternmost point, doesn’t appear to have anything special about it. The satellite view on Google Maps shows the area more or less surrounded by mountaintop removal mines.

The Kentucky maze starts off in the little exclave called the Kentucky Bend, cut off from the rest of the state by the Mississippi. There are multiple routes you can take, and there is a secondary goal. The golden dot near the race horse is Fort Knox! Be sure to stop by and make a withdrawal. The finish is in the far eastern point of the state - which other than being the easternmost point, doesn’t appear to have anything special about it. The satellite view on Google Maps shows the area more or less surrounded by mountaintop removal mines.

The Tennessee maze starts off in Memphis and ends up in the northeastern most point of the state. I tried keeping this maze relatively bare of voids and geographical features. Somehow that made this extremely difficult - it took me forever to trace a solution, I kept getting lost. I ended up filling in dead-ends until the solution finally presented itself.

The Tennessee maze starts off in Memphis and ends up in the northeastern most point of the state. I tried keeping this maze relatively bare of voids and geographical features. Somehow that made this extremely difficult - it took me forever to trace a solution, I kept getting lost. I ended up filling in dead-ends until the solution finally presented itself.

Alabama, Mississippi, & Louisiana Solutions

We’re nearly halfway through the US States! 22 finished altogether. (and I can just copy/paste Wyoming and Colorado, right?) I thought the colors of these three turned out excellent (see the main page for the final versions).

Each of these are river-heavy in their designs (for obvious reasons with Mississippi and Louisiana). With Alabama, I opted to follow along the Tennessee and Alabama rivers, instead of following highways.

Also - the underwater feel to the background of Louisiana is purely coincidental and not a commentary on Katrina. I was going for a water/swampy coloring and that’s just how it turned out.

Arkansas is up next - what color does that evoke? I’m leaning toward green.

This maze starts and ends with the rivers - starting in the upper right (Tennessee River) and ending in Mobile Bay (Alabama River).

This maze starts and ends with the rivers - starting in the upper right (Tennessee River) and ending in Mobile Bay (Alabama River).

Start on the outskirts of Memphis (I-55) and end on your way to New Orleans (I-59)

Start on the outskirts of Memphis (I-55) and end on your way to New Orleans (I-59)

Start in Shreveport and end in the Big Easy!

Start in Shreveport and end in the Big Easy!

Florida + Solution

TIL Florida means “Land of Flowers” in Spanish. The goal here is to make your way from Pensacola all the way to Key West, and maybe swing by Disneyworld along the way too!

The blue pathways ended up being a little brighter than I expected - I’m sure I’ll tone it down for the coffee-table book :)

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Ohio + Solution

I tried mixing up the overall maze design with Ohio, this time following more of a grid pattern instead of my usual whatever-I-feel-like/squiggly intestines. It might make things a little harder - the thing about drawing these from start to finish is every time you ‘branch’, it makes it easier to trace back from the finish. With the grid pattern, that trick might be harder to do. Let me know what you think!

The start for this is in Columbus - your goal is to make it all the way to Cedar Point in Sandusky for some R&R!

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The Carolinas

Fun Fact: The Carolinas weren’t always North and South - they were once one big happy British colony until they split in 1712. These are the 15th and 16th State Mazes I’ve finished so far! It’s either Ohio or Georgia up next. I’ll flip a coin. I’d say North Carolina is a 5/7 on a difficulty scale, and South Carolina is just a bit easier.

I failed to indicate the start and finish here. The Start is I-95 coming from Virginia and the end is the far western tip. And yes, you get to trace aaaallll the way along the Outer Banks.

I failed to indicate the start and finish here. The Start is I-95 coming from Virginia and the end is the far western tip. And yes, you get to trace aaaallll the way along the Outer Banks.

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The Start for South Carolina is also I-95, this time coming up from the south (from Savannah Georgia). The finish is out I-85 out west, toward Atlanta. The color for this is unintentionally similar to West Virginia. I didn’t even notice until much later!

The Start for South Carolina is also I-95, this time coming up from the south (from Savannah Georgia). The finish is out I-85 out west, toward Atlanta. The color for this is unintentionally similar to West Virginia. I didn’t even notice until much later!

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Classic Solutions, Part 1

I went through several classic mazes from 2007/2008 and added some (possible) solutions for them! I was a lot more forgiving with the paths back then, there are several different paths to solve most of these - the exception being Black Hole Sun, which you better choose the right path from the start or you’re not going anywhere. I’ll work on adding solutions to other old mazes soon.

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Virginia

These mazes are trending darker and darker… I love how this turned out though! The start for Virginia is up near Arlington/Washington D.C., and the exit is in the far western tip (Cumberland Gap National Historical Park). Fun fact: Virginia extends further west than West Virginia. As far as difficulty - I haven’t attempted it just yet but I’d say it’s middle-of-the-road. Plenty of wide paths and empty space made this a lot less complicated.

I opted to keep the Delmarva section outside of the maze - it looked a little goofy with a path connecting to it. So it’s just here for aesthetics and map integrity!

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West Virginia Solution

West Virginia has several possible routes - this is just one possible solution. Most paths are not dead ends but instead loop back into other areas. I’m not sure if that makes things more frustrating or a little easier. Hopefully the latter!

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Maryland Solution

Two mazes in two days! It’s a new record. I went to the other extreme this time; instead of extremely complicated like Pennsylvania, this one was kept very simple - no rivers, no parks, no highways. The background colors on the finished maze (see it on the main page) are intended to reflect the red and yellow in the Maryland state flag.

I’m thinking West Virginia next?

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Delaware Maze

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It’s here! The most exciting maze in years: “The First State”, Delaware, in all it’s glory.

Delaware gets a bad wrap for being dull, but this actually turned out to be a decently challenging maze! I tried to keep the coloring close to Delaware’s flag (soft yellow and tealish blueish greenish), with some variation.

Check out the Mazes page for the finished version. It’s available as a print here as well: https://society6.com/nebbers. Solution is posted below:

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Texas Maze

This maze is truly Texas-sized! This took about 6 days to complete, chipping away at it here and there in the evenings.

The intended start is down in the southern boot - I-69 in Brownsville, with the finish being El Paso in the west. Easier said than done - you’ll end up winding around between San Antonio and Dallas two or three times before you ever make it out to the western half. I tried making the western half a bit more ‘open’ too just as it is in real life, with wider paths and more space between them.

Good luck to anyone who tries to solve this! It won’t be easy… 5 out of 5 on a difficulty scale, I’d guess!

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Massachusetts Solution

Here is one possible solution for the Massachusetts maze. It’s a particularly challenging puzzle, especially if you start at Cape Cod and move west (doing this in reverse is easier). I used the highways as a kind of cell divider - forcing you to ‘beat’ one cell before you can move onto the next.

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New York State - Time-lapse & Solution

I have a feeling that the song “A New York State of Mind” didn’t mean ‘in a state of utter confusion and frustration’. This maze might leave you feeling like that - it’s one of the more complex state mazes I’ve made so far. This was divided into ‘zones’, much like the Massachusetts maze, which adds an extra challenge.

The goal is to get from the tip of Long Island and exit into Pennsylvania on I-86 in the west. (Easy Mode is doing this in reverse - starting at I-86). The solution posted below is just one of many. This is a ‘flat’ maze - paths cannot go over/under each other. If that were the case you’d just ride the highways all the way out!

See the finished image on the main “Mazes” page - link here: https://www.mazedojo.me/2hgyfxpplu3sjzckpjf03v7cd669mb

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'The Eraser' Solution

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Here is the solution for “The Eraser”, a maze I completed originally as a Secret Santa reddit gift back in 2016 (this version wasn’t finished until 2017). The title and the lined background came from inspiration from Thom Yorke’s solo album of the same name. I thought the album artwork looked rather mazey:

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Connecticut Time-lapse and Solution

I finished this maze back in December 2018. It has two possible starts - either I-84 or I-95 in the southwest. The end is exiting out NE I-84 (toward Massachusetts).

The solution is just one possible route - there are multiple routes and detours! And you can try to exit out I-395 in the northeast, or out I-95 (to Rhode Island), for an extra challenge.

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