The “Sudoku flood” in the German Puzzle Portal has been the subject of an interesting discussion lately. I am choosing this way to reiterate some of my views there and to add a few further thoughts. I feel the forum linked above is not a good place for this, although I cannot put my finger on the exact reasons. Also, I needed a topic for my next article on this blog.
It is time for another round in our puzzle series “Classics Collection”. For the eighth group I selected Slitherlink, which I believe is quite suitable for the purpose of this blog. It is a very basic puzzle type, with rules that are easy to grasp. Also, like some other puzzle types in this series, there are hardly any obstructions for designing Slitherlink puzzles; they are very flexible in size and difficulty, and there are no global structural requirements which a puzzle author needs to know.
The puzzle community is an international one. In the early days of my blog I have been criticized for posting in English, but I feel this is the way to go in order to build a steadier common ground when it comes to general ideas about puzzles. After all, I am noticing all the time that there are so many areas in which puzzle friends disagree (to be clear, not just in a positive, constructive sense, but to the point of hostility). And it so happens that language is not only means to an end, it may even be an end by itself.