I'm helping my sister-in-law design a puzzle for her D&D campaign, and
she'd like to use a Zendo-like (VERY Zendo-like) puzzle to protect a
vital treasure room. I've designed the room, but I just need the
perfect rule and four koans...
Here's the setup:
This semi-circular room contains six pillars arranged in an arc in
alternating colors of black and white. Atop each of the two columns
on the far left and each of the two columns on the far right sits
three large crystal pyramids each, in various orientations and
designs. Scattered beside the two empty columns flanking the door
that sits at the midpoint of the arcing room, one black and one one,
lie several more crystal pyramids. In the center of the large stone
door hangs a circular stone button carved with three triangular shapes.
The challenge is to build a koan atop each of the empty columns using
exactly three of the pyramids from the floor for each, one that
matches the rule on the white column and one that does not on the
black. We have here a sort of "meta rule" that says a koan is not
even valid (it is neither black nor white) if it contains more or less
than three pyramids (the stone button does nothing when pressed in
that situation, while the door opens if correct koans are placed and a
chain golem assembles itself and attacks if an incorrect set of koans
is in place).
Please help me design the rule and the koans, making sure that there
is a valid solution from the leftover pyramids, assuming Rainbow
3HOUSE, minus the black (nine pyramids each of red, yellow, blue, and
Anyone up for the challenge?