Happy 100th Post

I can’t believe it, but this is my 100th post here at Clavis Cryptica!  I have a history of launching and then abandoning blogs, so 100 is a pretty big milestone for me!

Here are 100 odds and ends for your amusement:

10 Top Commenters at Clavis Cryptica:

  1. Tabstop (26)
  2. Jen (24)
  3. Matthew Marcus (16)
  4. Jude (10)
  5. Greg (9)
  6. Alex Pearson (8)
  7. David G. (8)
  8. Jeremy (7)
  9. Larry Hosken (6)
  10. Steve (6)


5 Most Viewed Posts:

  1. Take a Mystery Vacation with Nexpedition — People are really curious about this I guess!
  2. The Secret World – Investigation Missions — Hmm, maybe because it’s full of SPOILERS!
  3. Black Letter Game – First Impressions — Everybody wants to know what’s in that box.
  4. Say What You See Puzzle #3 – Solution — I think people are looking for iPhone game answers…
  5. Combination Lock Puzzle — We had an exciting contest!


10 Most Used Words in my Posts:

  1. Puzzle/Puzzles
  2. Game
  3. One
  4. Like
  5. Just
  6. Time
  7. Really
  8. Spoiler
  9. First
  10. Think


5 Upcoming Puzzle Events:

  1. July 5-8 — San Francisco, CA — Real Escape Game SF Vol. 2
  2. July 21 — Berkeley CA — Berkeley Mystery Hunt
  3. August 3-4 — Portland, OR — WarTron
  4. August 11-17 — D.C. to Boston — Great America Race 2012
  5. August 18th — Petaluma, CA — The Great Petaluma Treasure Hunt

10 Puzzle/Game/Etc. Sites You Should Check Out:

  1. Adventure Gamers
  2. The Gameshelf
  3. I’m Still Alive (As of the Last Post)
  4. Larry Hosken
  5. Puzzalot
  6. Puzzle Hunt Calendar
  7. Sara Thacher
  8. Shut Up & Sit Down
  9. SnoutCast
  10. That Puzzle Guy’s Blog


10 Puzzle/Mystery/Adventure Games I Recommend:

  1. Braid
  2. Cogs
  3. Heavy Rain
  4. Ico
  5. Portal
  6. Portal 2
  7. Psychonauts
  8. Professor Layton series
  9. Shadow of the Colossus
  10. Machinarium


5 Old-School Games I Recommend:

  1. The Last Express
  2. Grim Fandango
  3. Myst
  4. Riven
  5. The X-Files Game


10 Upcoming Puzzle/Mystery/Adventure Games:

  1. Antichamber
  2. Beyond: Two Souls
  3. The Cave
  4. Cradle
  5. Monaco
  6. Papo & Yo
  7. Quantum Conundrum
  8. The Secret World
  9. Spy Party
  10. The Witness


5 Online Puzzle Games

  1. The Stone Monument / Scarecrow’s Field
  2. Funny Farm / Krazy Kitchen
  3. The Puzzle Boat
  4. The Master Theorem
  5. Puzzles and Answers Magazine


10 of my Favorite Board Games:

  1. Agricola
  2. Betrayal at House on the Hill
  3. Carcassonne
  4. Dominion
  5. Evo
  6. Fluxx
  7. Fiasco (technically I haven’t played this yet, but it looks like a blast)
  8. Settlers of Catan
  9. 7 Wonders
  10. Ticket to Ride


10 Mysterious TV Shows on Netflix Instant Queue

  1. Eden of the East
  2. Eerie Indiana
  3. Lost
  4. Murder, She Wrote
  5. Paranormal State
  6. Sherlock (BBC)
  7. Supernatural
  8. The Twilight Zone
  9. Twin Peaks
  10. The X-Files


5 Mysterious Movies on Netflix Instant Queue:

  1. A Tale of Two Sisters
  2. Dial M for Murder
  3. Memento
  4. Radioland Murders
  5. Shutter Island


5 Mystery Book Recommendations:

  1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  2. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
  3. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  4. The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart (free on Google Books)
  5. The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie (free on Google Books)


Here’s to 100 more posts!

14 comments on Happy 100th Post

  • Greg


    Seeing “Murder, She Wrote” on your list is hilarious. The only thing I remember about that show is that it either came on before or after something I regularly watched as a kid and so I saw the opening or closing where there was a type writer and a women’s curly red-haired head (I don’t think I’m making any of that up). Anyway, I thought it was a show for moms, but maybe I should check it out…

    • clavicarius (author)

      Haha, I haven’t actually seen it, but I needed to round out the list.. Though, Wikipedia says it is “one of the most successful and longest-running television shows in history, with close to 23 million viewers in its prime” So who knows!

  • Steve

    If I knew I was going to be in the “Top 10 Commenters” I would have linked to my web site 🙂

    Congrats on 100 posts, that’s really quite impressive! And all the posts I’ve seen (a small fraction of those 100) have all been well written and thorough – no 140 characters of brain dumping here!

    • clavicarius (author)

      Thanks for the kind words =) Link retroactively added!

      It’s always so tempting to just take a day off or write something short, but that is a slippery slope, and I tend to fall right down those!

  • Phil


    Yay for puzzle events but boo for the lack of them on the east coast. We need to do something about this.

    • clavicarius (author)

      Thanks! And congratulations to you for apparently leaving the 300th comment!

      I might have a few things in the works… And Tabstop might be planning something as well!

  • Alex Pearson

    Well with that favorite book, you might as well link my journal too, wherein I fix the ending.

    • clavicarius (author)

      Not sure how I missed yours! Sorry about that!

      And BRILLIANT ending fix! The second half of the book seemed like a lot of “You’d think that this crazy plan wouldn’t work, and I’d get caught. That’s what I thought too, but luckily it did work and it was awesome and radical!”, all leading up to the very cliché ending. I just wanted the story to move along quickly, so I didn’t really mind the glancing over sticky situations, and I had enjoyed the ride so much that I didn’t mind the end too much, but it sure seems like a missed opportunity after reading your version. And I am ALWAYS up for injecting a strong shot of something kind of spooky and unsettling into an otherwise conservative story. Really well done!

      I would like to re-read the story sometime soon, and I’ll keep your version in mind =)

        • clavicarius (author)

          I did see that.. and I got really confused, because the video talked all about how you needed to find the hidden URL in the book, but then when I checked out this link from his blog, it had a user agreement or something, and when you clicked the submit button it took you to an Atari-like game called Stacks, which seemed to be the first game. I got tired of trying to figure out what was going on and left, haha. (Well, more accurately, I got tired of trying to figure out what was going on, then got tired of dying immediately in the game 5 times in a row, and then left.)

  • Jason

    Congrats! I’ve enjoyed reading. Looking forward to lots more good stuff.

  • tabstop

    It seems I talk a lot. Hmm.

    The planning for said event is not necessarily progressing very fast, probably because I’m still looking for a hook to hang it on.

  • tabstop

    Also, picking The Secret Adversary over, say, The Murder of Roger Aykroyd? Shame.

    • clavicarius (author)

      Sadly, no book on that list was picked “over” any others. Those are basically the only mystery books I have read, period. One of them I haven’t even finished reading yet. More shame.

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