It's about time I asked for help from this community. It's not that I'm a loner or control freak (well, recovering control freak, perhaps), but I usually prefer to ask for help from the designers and playtesters I see face-to-face on a weekly basis.

However, I have a new game idea I've been working on, and it presents a kind of puzzle that you might be much better at solving than I am. It is in the design of the board and the spaces.

I will not go into the details of the gameplay, because it is irrelevant to this puzzle. Here are the requirements:

A game board with multiple paths and intersections in which each of the 8 colors of spaces on the paths are equally represented, and each color combination created when 2 spaces lie adjacent appears exactly one time.

For example, a green space is placed next to a blue space, then comes a yellow space, etc. No other place on the game board can have a green space next to a blue space, or a blue space next to a yellow space!

There are 8 colors: green, red, orange, brown, gray, yellow, purple, and blue. This means that each color will combine 7 times--one time each with every other color. For this reason, it seems best to have one 3-way intersection for each color (intersections total). Every color, then, is represented 3 times on the board (one time bordering 3 other colors, and two times bordering 2 colors each).

This means that there are 24 spaces on the board total.

I have already come up with one solution by cutting out domino-like pieces and arranging them until all the above conditions are met. However, I would like to see alternatives, especially those that distribute the colors somewhat equally around the board, if this is possible (so that all the brown spaces are not in the upper half of the board, for example).

If anyone is interested in taking on this challenge, I'm uploading the graphics for the domino-like pieces I used to make my prototype, and also my first attempt at a solution.

If you provide a better solution that I can use, and I can get the game published, I will send you two copies of the game, as well as a "thank you" in the credits.

I hope, though, that the puzzle is a fun game, in and of itself!

How do I upload two more images for this forum post? When I tried to add a second image, it replaced the first.

Thanks!