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Shipwrightery

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A typical shipwrightery game
Shipwrightery is the puzzle used to labor on either ships or bludgeons built at shipyards. It is free to play one day a week.

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Scoring

  • Creating chains is the most efficient way to reach a high score. To achieve a chain in shipwrightery, simply place two or more patterns consecutively without moving the pieces on the board in between.
  • Using gold as part of the pattern adds to the score of the chain
  • Each consecutive piece placed in a chain earns a larger multiplier bonus. For this reason, it is best to save the biggest pieces until last, and it is not always worth extending a chain with a 3-piece. (See Strategy section below)
  • After placing each piece in the chain, a player has until the water reaches the top of the puzzle to extend the chain by adding another piece. Time taken on the puzzle does not affect scoring.

Words

Chain scoring consists of two separate words. The first word is the standard chain name which indicates how many patterns have been placed onto the board without meanwhile moving any pieces. This name sequence is similar to that used in several other puzzles:

  • Double
  • Triple
  • Bingo
  • Donkey
  • Vegas
  • VegasĀ²
  • VegasĀ³
  • etc.

The second scoring words, in the absence of a better term, will be referred to as comparatives in this section. From lowest to highest the comparatives are:

  • Fair
  • Good
  • Great
  • Excellent
  • Admirable
  • Superior
  • Magnificent
  • Artisan
  • Paragon
  • Master

Each clear is assigned a score determined by the size of the cleared pattern and its sequence position in the chain. This score is displayed as a comparative word from the list above. Overall session performance is determined by averaging the scores of all clears.

3-piece 4-piece 5-piece
Single Fair Good Great
Double Good Great Excellent
Triple Great Excellent Admirable
Bingo Great Excellent Superior
Donkey Great Admirable Magnificent
Vegas Excellent Superior Artisan
Vegas^2 Excellent Superior Artisan
Vegas^3 Excellent Magnificent Paragon
Vegas^4 Admirable Artisan Paragon
Vegas^5 Admirable Artisan Master
Vegas^6 Admirable Artisan Master
Vegas^7 Superior Paragon Master
Vegas^8 Superior Paragon Master

Strategy

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The first thing to get to grips with in shipwrightery is arranging the board such that you can fit in as many of the six shown pieces as possible, with an emphasis on making sure you can use the largest ones, since they give the highest scores. (See chains)

Because chaining gives a score multiplier, it is always best to have the largest pieces come latest in the chain. Each piece scores its number of components minus two, multiplied by its position in the chain. Placing [3, 3, 4, 4, 5] would score (3-2)x1 + (3-2)x2 + (4-2)x3 + (4-2)x4 + (5-2)x5 = 32. Compare this with [5, 4, 4, 3, 3], which scores (5-2)x1 + (4-2)x2 + (4-2)x3 + (3-2)x4 + (3-2)x5 = 22.

Once you've got the hang of setting up the board for long chains, you need to start to think about how long you want to make them. Since you only have twenty piece placements to make (as measured by the flag-pole, and not including any you can get in at the end), you need to make sure each placement is adding as much as possible to your score. Much as it is tempting to make very long chains using the 3-pieces, this will not score as much as shorter chains that only use 4-pieces and 5-pieces. Broadly speaking, it isn't worth extending a chain with a 3-piece unless you know you can follow it with a 4- or 5-piece, or you are already around the Vegas^2 point of the chain.

Once you start getting two 5-pieces in your initial selection, you need to learn ways in which they fit together, since you'll almost always be wanting to get both of them in your chain. For example, the Shot and Nest can fit nicely with a 2x2 piece by placing the Shot in the lower right-hand corner, with the Nest fitted against it and leaving room for the 2x2 in the lower left corner. Similarly, either the Bowsprit or Lateen will fit quite well with the nest by placing them at the top of the board, with the T-shaped piece on the right. When working out how to fit your 5-pieces together, bear in mind which 4-pieces you have available and try to leave enough space for both of them.

Finally, once you become familiar with the pieces, you can start to optimise your chances of making longer chains by arranging unused pieces into patterns that you know might come up - or building a fragment of one of the pieces you haven't been able to fit in, so that when the pieces get refreshed (as you are placing the pieces you did manage to fit in) the pattern may complete itself. With only four possibilities, as well as gold, you'll be pleasantly surprised how often exactly the right piece comes up for you!

Pieces

There are five pieces that patterns are created with. Each type of piece has a different movement.

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Name: Cloth Iron Rope Wood Gold
Movement: None* Horizontal* Diagonal* Vertical* None

* Can be moved by using other pieces on it.

Patterns

Three pieces

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Batten Bobstay Bollard Cannon
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Ship c.png Ship x.png
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Ship w.png Ship c.png Ship c.png
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Ship x.png Ship w.png
Cleat Cringle Flag Gaff
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Halyard Hatch Jib Knee
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Pump Rigging Shackle Thimble

Four pieces

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Ship w.png Ship w.png
Ballast Barrel Block Boltrope Boom
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Ship c.png Ship c.png
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Ship r.png Ship r.png
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Mast Rudder Sail Shroud Yard

Five pieces

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Ship c.png Ship c.png Ship c.png Ship w.png
Ship c.png Ship r.png Ship x.png
Ship w.png Ship w.png Ship w.png
Ship i.png Ship x.png Ship x.png
Ship r.png Ship r.png Ship r.png
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Ship r.png Ship x.png Ship r.png
Ship w.png Ship w.png Ship w.png
Anchor Berth Bowsprit Capstan Gangway
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Ship w.png Ship c.png Ship x.png
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Ship i.png Ship x.png Ship x.png
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Helm Lateen Mooring Nest Shot

Getting stuck

It is possible to become stuck while playing the Shipwrightery Puzzle by not having a piece that is needed in order to continue. This would happen if, for instance, all pieces required at least one sail cloth tile, and no such tile remained on the board. Players can reduce the chances of this happening by using fewer of the tiles that are in short supply.

Pumpercloggs getting Stuck

Ultimate list

Cerulean Emerald Ice
Jade Meridian Opal


Trophies

Spoiler warning: Details about trophies are hidden below.


Historical notes

Shipwrightery was introduced in release 2005-02-11. Tedv designed and wrote the puzzle.

External/other links

Shipyard Ship
Sloop (Alice, Ancient, Bardic, Blizzard, Casino, Celestial, Chocolate, Crimson, Cupid, Cursed, Dream,
Emerald, Frost, Gingerbread, Gold, Gunpowder, Harvest, Hunter, Inferno, Jungle, Lagoon, Midas,
Phantom, Rogue, Roister, Serpent, Skelly, Smuggler, Steam, Tiburon, Valkyrie, Vampire, Verdant)
Cutter (Harvest, Verdant) | Dhow (Rogue) | Fanchuan (Dragon) | Longship (Frost) | Baghlah
Merchant brig | Junk (Fortune) | War brig (Cupid, Gingerbread, Gold, Haunted,
Imperial, Inferno, Rogue, Skelly, Smuggler) | Merchant galleon | Xebec (Wondrous)
War frigate (Atlantean, Casino, Gold, Imperial, Phantom, Rogue) | Grand frigate (Midas, Rogue)

See also: Shipyard | Shipwrightery | Pillaging
Limited edition ship | Ships requiring designs for construction
Icon crafting.png Crafting Puzzles
Completed Puzzles: Icon apothecary.pngAlchemistry | Icon iron monger.pngBlacksmithing | Icon distillery.pngDistilling | Icon foraging.pngForaging | Icon shipyard.pngShipwrightery | Icon weavery.pngWeaving

Puzzles Under Development: Icon construction.pngConstruction | Icon furnisher.pngFurnishing | Icon tailor.pngTailoring

See also: Labor
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