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How to solve The Shroud 3x3 Puzzle

Posted by Augon on June 15, 2015 at 9:25 PM

You must read my earlier post, "How to solve The Shroud 4x4 puzzle" before reading this one! this one assumes you can do a 4x4 successfully.

In part three of the Shroud, you are placed in a room with a puzzle. Several folks who have run Shroud with me lately have expressed an interest in completing these puzzles. However, during the Raid we have a limited amount of time to complete puzzles before a prizmatic wall appears and kills us all, so that is not a good time to learn the puzzles.

 

With that in mind, I am posting a series of blogs that explain how to solve these puzzles without a puzzle solver. Earlier, I posted the easiest puzzle to solve, the 4 x 4. Most folks think the smaller 3 x 3 should be easier, but it is not. The reason is, if you follow the instructions in the 4 x 4 post, you will solve the puzzle every time by the time you get to the bottom. That is not the case with the 3 x 3 or 5 x 5. Often times, on these puzzles the bottom row will still have unlit squares. This blog post will explain how to solve the 3 x 3 which forms the basis for solving the 5 x 5 and the circle.

 

The 3x3 puzzle is also used in Caught in the Web Flagging quest, "Trial by Fury" - so if you learn these you are ready for that quest too!

 

 

Solving the 3X3 Shroud Puzzle

 

Again, I warn you: You MUST read my earlier post on how to solve teh 4 x 4 before reading this one. I also recommend going to http://terpstra.ca/vale.html and practice 4 x 4's a bit so this all makes sense.

 

 

The problem with the odd numbered puzzles are that when you reach the bottom, there are usually stil a couple of tiles left off. Allow me to show you what I mean.

Let us solve this puzzle together.

 

O X X

O O X

X O X

 

As you should remmember from the 4x4's, click the squares directly below the unlit squares of the first row.

 

O X X

O @ @

X O X

 

and you get this

 

O O O

X O X

X X O

 

Then do the same for the next row

 

O O O

X O X

@ X @

 

and you get this

 

O O O

O O O

O X X

 

Now what? Well, now you just start over again by clicking the correct squares on the top row so as to make the puzzle solvable in the next pass. The trick is knowing which squares to click in the top row.

 

Look at the squares that are unlit on the bottom row, taking each of them one at a time click the top row square directly above it and the top row squares on either side of that one.

 

Since the middle square is unlit, we need to first click the top middle square and the top left and top right, since they are right next to the top middle

 

@ @ @

O O O

O X X

 

Dont pay any attention to what that does to the puzzle, you still need to do the same thing for the bottom right square, click the top right square and the middle square again.

 

O @ @

X X X

O X X

 

And then you are left with this:

 

X X O

X O O

O X X

 

Solve it as above

 

X X O

@ @ O

O X X

 

give us this

 

O O O

X O X

X O X

 

then

 

O O O

X O X

@ O @

 

Gives us

 

O O O

O O O

O O O

 

All solved!

 

NOTE: It is critical for this to work consistently for you to look at each unlit bottom row square one at a time and click the top row squares according to the instructions above. go back to the practice site and give it a try. If it doesnt work, then re-read these instructions - if it still doesnt work, post a comment below and give me the puzzle layout that isnt working.

 

Practive your 3x3s before moving on to the next blog post about 5x5s (which I will post sometime later this week) - the lessons learned here will help you solve the 5x5s.

 

Thanks

 

Victor

 

 

 

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2 Comments

Reply metricton
11:27 AM on July 15, 2015 
great
Reply metricton
11:27 AM on July 15, 2015 
super!