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Interview: Robert Abbott

Robert Abbott

Robert Abbott November 15, 2004 Robert Abbott has been designing games, mazes and puzzles for decades. He’s the inventor of Ultima, which was ChessVariant.org’s Recognized Variant of the Month in 2001 (only 39 years after it was originally released). He’s also the inventor of Eleusis, a card game that he considers his greatest achievement, and the author of Abbott’s New Card Games. He’s also an authority on a genre of puzzle known as “mazes-with-rules” or “logic mazes,” his most famous creation being Theseus and the Minotaur. He’s the author of SuperMazes and Mad Mazes and has a website devoted to the subject. We had a nice long talk with Mr. Abbott about his mazes and his history – including the unusual luck of being discovered in 1959 by a man named Martin Gardner. Puzzle Monster: You’ve been designing games and puzzles a good long time. How did you get started? ... Read More »