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How to solve The Shroud 4 x 4 Puzzle

Posted by Augon on June 15, 2015 at 3:55 PM

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 learning how to complete 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.

 

One way some folks solve the puzzles is to pull up a Solver program on their smart phone or computer. They then punch in which tiles are lit and the solver tells them what tiles they need to click to solve it. If you want a solver, I think there is one on the Links section of the website or ask in Guild chat - I have never used one. One problem with a solver is if you click a wrong tile by accident you can easily lose your place and have to start over again. Besides, I can usually solve the puzzle in the time it would take me to enter it into the solver.

 

With that in mind, I am going to post a short series of blogs that explain how to easily solve all the puzzles in the Shroud without needing to use a solver program. We will start with the easiest of all, the 4x4.

 

Solving the 4X4 Shroud Puzzle

 

the basic process involves click the squares directly below any unlit squares in the puzzle, one row at a time. For example below is a sample 4x4, the O represent lit squares and the X represent unlit squares.

 

X O X O

O X X O

O O X O

O O X O

 

In the first row, squares 1 and 3 are unlit. So on the second row, click squares 1 and 3 (the squares directly below the unlit squares). @ will represent the squares to click.

 

X O X O

@ X @ O

O O X O

O O X O

 

And now the puzzle looks like this - the top row is all lit up now!

 

O O O O

X X O X

X O O O

O O X O

 

Now we focus on the second row. In the second row, squares 1, 2, and 4 are unlit so we need to click the squares below them.

 

O O O O

X X O X

@ @ O @

O O X O

 

and that leaves us with this - Two rows are done!

 

O O O O

O O O O

X O O X

X X X X

 

Now lets look at row three. Squares 1 and 4 are unlit, so we just have to click on square 1 and 4 on row four.

 

O O O O

O O O O

X O O X

@ X X @

 

And we are left with this

 

O O O O

O O O O

O O O O

O O O O

 

The puzzle is solved.

 

4x4 puzzles will always be solved this simply. They are very easy to consistently solve using this method. If you want to practice solving these puzzles, visit http://terpstra.ca/vale.html - you can select 4 x 4 from the drop down and practice a few puzzles on your own.

 

In a future blog, I will post how this technique needs to be modified to solve the 3x3s and later the 5x5s and even the circle.

 

Thanks

 

Have a great day!

 

Victor

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