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Design a miniature system of aqueduct towers, and challenge other to connect them in a loop. Living mossy towers (green) require the pipe to pass straight through, but turn adjacent. Dead (black) towers require the pipe to turn in place, but extend straight.


The Test and Principles can be started from a University of Thought at level 6.

Principles of the Pathmaker will lead you through making one of each type of item needed to build a Pathmaker. Of course, you may trade for the materials, bypassing all of those steps.

  • Dig a Cuttable Stone at a Hole
  • Cut a Stone on a Rock Saw
  • Cut a Hexas Plate Amethyst
  • Cut a Looking Glass Jade
  • Cut a Symmetry Turquoise
  • Cut a Dragyn's Eye Citrine
  • Mine a Huge Diamond
  • Mine a Medium Topaz
  • Mine Silver
  • Build a Pathmaker
  • Open your design for Judging
  • Tear down your Pathmaker, OR do the following:
    • Have 7 Judges solve and rate your Pathmaker
    • Design rated Good by most judges
  • All of the above, OR solve three recent winning Pathmakers

Don't Panic!

All steps regarding cutting a gem and mining gems do not need to be resolved. Once a Pathmaker has been built and Opened for judging, all Construction related steps are automatically completed if not already!

Demonstrate the Principle

Demonstrated by Numaris in Alcyone on 10-10-04.

Designing a Puzzle

Cost to build

Built in a Small Construction Site Under Test Menu

Solving a Puzzle

The test description isn't very clear about the rules. Here's some clarification.

A Pathmaker puzzle is played on a two-dimensional grid. Initially, each square either contains a red tower, blue tower, or is empty.

You may place pipe segments on a square, including squares containing a tower, by clicking on the square. Clicking on a square again cycles through the possible pipe options for that square:

  • Straight pipe, top-to-bottom.
  • Straight pipe, left-to-right.
  • Pipe with a 90 degree bend (4 possible orientations).

The object of the puzzle is to join all towers into a single closed loop, while obeying these rules:

  • All pipes must connect up correctly to adjacent squares
  • You may only have one pipe segment per square, i.e. you cannot have a "cross" pipe.
  • Pipes on a square with a blue tower must be straight.
  • Pipes on a square with a red tower must be a 90 degree bend.
  • One of the pipes connected immediately adjacent to a blue tower must be a 90 degree bend. (Note: the rules only require one of the two to be a bend, but both can be bends if you like).
  • The two pipes connected immediately adjacent to a red tower must be straight.

The Pathmaker will not let you place pipes that violate these rules.

Pathmaker Locations

  • Green for recognized (passed) puzzles (use "Gr" prefix on pin)
  • Red for unrecognized (unpassed) puzzles (use "Rd" prefix on pin)

Region Coordinates Designer Passed Remarks RL Date Opened
Alcyone 1599, 2285 Asnath Yes Oct 5 ,2010
Taygete 880, 6100 Krae Yes Not Easy Oct 5 ,2010
Sinai 2720, 5010 Solmyr Yes Oct 9 ,2010
Sinai 2728, 5003 Asheara Yes Oct 12 ,2010
Alcyone 1601, 2284 Kastou Yes Oct 12 ,2010
Sterope 1995, -2025 Qwu Yes Oct 13 ,2010
Sterope 1995, -2023 Lizzi Yes Oct 13 ,2010
Sterope 1980, -2000 Oni Yes Oct 14, 2010
Alcyone 1750, 2315 Licinia Yes Next to CS Oct 24, 2010
Alcyone 1739, 2273 Numaris Yes Oct 24, 2010
Alcyone 1684, 2277 Lill Yes Near the CS Nov 02, 2010
Alcyone 1686, 2278 Sabuli Yes Near the CS Nov 21, 2010
Alcyone 17827, -2300 Robare No Not the best, but not the worst! Dec. 27, 2010
Maia 970, -5575 Milythael Yes Just north of the CS Jan 4, 2010
Alcyone 1728, 2310 Antilia No Near the CS Jan 4, 2010
Alcyone 1774, 2329 Blueshift Yes Near the CS Jan 16, 2010
Alcyone 1724, 2293 Jazkar Yes Near the CS Jan 17, 2010
Maia 979, -5573 Vishwadakshinah Yes North of the CS Jan 21, 2010
Maia 962, -5580 Charlie Yes Accross from CS Feb 26, 2011
Taygete 876, 6102 Ketta Yes North of CS Jan 12, 2011
Sterope 1999, -1996 JaylenaeYbarre YES close to cs March 29, 2011, Passed 17 april 2011
Sterope 2000, -1998 Thunderstorm YES close to cs April 5, 2011, PASSED 17 april 2011
Alcyone 1676, 2265 testios No road from CS to Nile April 2011
Alcyone 1722, 2289 tuhk Yes close to cs April 20, 2011
Alcyone 1724, 2297 akc2 No close to cs October 9, 2011
Only Pathmakers that have actually passed the test can count as "recent winning Pathmakers".
See the Passed column above or the Test Pass History. --Numaris

Passes (including "recently passed" puzzles)

See Test Pass History.