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Posted: Nov 5th 2007 8:48AM Tialla said

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A few things.

One: It's not 'Craftsmanship' that you get for matching the grain. It's 'Grain Bonus'. One of the most pointless bonuses in Carpentry, that most people ignore.

Two: Craftsmanship is one of the ratings for how well you manage the holes. The best is Masterpiece: Complete the hole with the minimum number of pieces. If the hole is 25 'pixels' (1x1 pieces), then completing the hole with 5 pieces wins you a Masterpiece. Craftsmanship is a hole completed with 1 piece too many. Therefore, if you completed that same hole with 6 pieces...it's Craftsmanship. Complete the hole with +2 (7 pieces), and it's 'A fair job'. And it's been so long since I've done +3, that I've forgotten what it is.

Experienced carpenters focus on trying to get Masterpieces in a row, because that gives the biggest bonus. If you want to get Incredible, expect to be getting Masterpiece * 6 or * 7, at the very least--and forget about making anything lower than Craftsmanship.

Another point...It doesn't glow red /and/ shake. There are two different mechanics at work there.

A hole that is neglected, after a number of rounds, grows a red outline. The player is given an initial round warning, a second warning, with a faster flashing outline--and a final warning. After the final warning, if a piece has not been placed into the hole, the hole 'cracks'--adding 1 pixel to the hole. This makes getting a Masterpiece impossible--and makes your job just that much harder.

A hole that has one or more pieces in it, that hasn't been used for a while, will have one of the pieces start to shake. The player is given an initial round warning, and then a final warning. After that final warning, if a piece has not been placed into the hole, the shaking piece flies off of the hole. This makes getting a Masterpiece impossible--and makes even getting a Craftsmanship difficult.

Posted: Nov 5th 2007 11:48AM (Unverified) said

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And while we're correcting you, it's worth mentioning that the bilge game is not a Bejewelled clone. It borrows the (far better) game mechanic from Puzzle de Pon/Tetris Attacks/Pokemon Puzzle League.

Posted: Nov 5th 2007 3:24PM Tialla said

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And of course, Planet Puzzle League, the new copy of the game for the DS. =)

Finally, the game that Carpentry most emulates isn't even a video game. It emulates the game Pentominoes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentomino
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Posted: Nov 5th 2007 12:05PM KaTing said

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When all else fails, there's always YPPedia:

http://yppedia.puzzlepirates.com/Carpentry

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