SnapDragon

04-16-2012, 01:23 AM

Ok, well, there are rumblings around the 'Net that there isn't a proper solution to the Monolith puzzle, and the only way to solve it is to brute force. I created a spreadsheet to let us crowd-source the solution:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0ArBHYlyQxJXedHFubTU2N3N2eUZWY3Z5c0JPRnJ0M 1E

EDIT: Based on some (word-of-mouth) hints from Treyver we've created a different sequence to try, at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0ArBHYlyQxJXedHFubTU2N3N2eUZWY3Z5c0JPRnJ0M 1E#gid=8

I made the following assumptions to bound the search space:

a) The sequence is 8 long

b) Only LT, RT, Up, Down, and A are used in the sequence

c) No moves appear twice in succession (many of the sequences in the game seem to satisfy this)

The sheet contains about 82,000 moves which, if done in succession, will try out every single possible sequence of this form. That's a lot for any one person to do, but maybe not for all of us. :)

If you want to contribute, follow these steps:

- Go to the Monolith room and MAKE SURE YOU ARE STANDING ON THE SQUARE WITH A LINE IN IT. Use first-person view, look down, and check from all 4 directions to make sure you're inside.

- Pick a starting row in the table, say "22221".

- Go to the row ABOVE that, and start entering in the sequence. (This is because the 7 moves preceding that row must also be entered.)

- Keep going until you get tired. Any time you make a mistake, be sure to restart the sequence at least 8 moves before your mistake.

- Note the last row you finished completely, say "22321".

- Go to the second sheet on the docs page, labeled "Claimed Rows". Anyone can edit this one, so be careful not to ruin it.

- Type your name in next to your starting row (eg "22221"). Copy (CTRL-C) your name and paste (CTRL-V) it all the way down to your ending row (eg "22321").

- Yay! You've now contributed. :) Your rows should be claimed on the spreadsheet.

Now, if we somehow manage to cover this entire spreadsheet and nothing has worked, I can create another one that removes assumption c) above. Removing assumption b) is probably not going to help, because 7^8 is a LOT of moves to try...

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0ArBHYlyQxJXedHFubTU2N3N2eUZWY3Z5c0JPRnJ0M 1E

EDIT: Based on some (word-of-mouth) hints from Treyver we've created a different sequence to try, at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0ArBHYlyQxJXedHFubTU2N3N2eUZWY3Z5c0JPRnJ0M 1E#gid=8

I made the following assumptions to bound the search space:

a) The sequence is 8 long

b) Only LT, RT, Up, Down, and A are used in the sequence

c) No moves appear twice in succession (many of the sequences in the game seem to satisfy this)

The sheet contains about 82,000 moves which, if done in succession, will try out every single possible sequence of this form. That's a lot for any one person to do, but maybe not for all of us. :)

If you want to contribute, follow these steps:

- Go to the Monolith room and MAKE SURE YOU ARE STANDING ON THE SQUARE WITH A LINE IN IT. Use first-person view, look down, and check from all 4 directions to make sure you're inside.

- Pick a starting row in the table, say "22221".

- Go to the row ABOVE that, and start entering in the sequence. (This is because the 7 moves preceding that row must also be entered.)

- Keep going until you get tired. Any time you make a mistake, be sure to restart the sequence at least 8 moves before your mistake.

- Note the last row you finished completely, say "22321".

- Go to the second sheet on the docs page, labeled "Claimed Rows". Anyone can edit this one, so be careful not to ruin it.

- Type your name in next to your starting row (eg "22221"). Copy (CTRL-C) your name and paste (CTRL-V) it all the way down to your ending row (eg "22321").

- Yay! You've now contributed. :) Your rows should be claimed on the spreadsheet.

Now, if we somehow manage to cover this entire spreadsheet and nothing has worked, I can create another one that removes assumption c) above. Removing assumption b) is probably not going to help, because 7^8 is a LOT of moves to try...