Fuller Dome Die Siedler Set

This year, I planned an extravagant geodesic Fuller dome, made out of gingerbread. Things did not turn out as planned.

Picture: Chrisber considering the dome

The geodesic Fuller dome was to be made of triangles assembled into pentagons, and some flat hexagons made up to look like they were made from six triangular pieces. Thigs started out fine, but it soon became evident that the icing was not strong enough to with stand the stresses involved. I tried using some raspberry-licorice strings to relieve the strain on the joints, but it didn't help much. In despair, I decided to rename the assembly so far 'The half-buried and lost tomb of Ozymandias Fuller'. Unfortunately, the bowl supporting it from the inside had to come out if it was to be removed from the apartment. In a move predicted to fail, I tried to swap the bowl for a plastic cup, cut down to the approximate height.

Picture: The dome has collapsed!

No luck. The entire partial-dome neatly disassembled itself. Most of the afternoon was gone, and all I had was a collection of triangular and hexagonal pieces of gingerbread. What to do?

Picture: Tiles under construction (1)

So someone, (I think it was Ayse) says, "those hexes look like a Die Siedler set!" or words to that effect. So Ayse and I started to turn the hexagons into Die Siedler tiles.

Picture: Tiles under construction (2)

Die Siedler von Catan is a board game with a randomly-assembled board, the different tiles of which provide different resources. From left to right in this image are: Mountains, producing pez (er, stone); Mudflats producing Andes' candy; Meadows, which produce wool from gumdrop sheep; and half-off the edge of the picture, Forests (more like a copse in this case) that produce pretzel-stick timber.

Picture: Assembled tiles (1)

Here is a picture of the assembled tiles (note that an actual Die Siedler board is a lot bigger). The first row consists of water tiles, the center one of which is a trading port. The next row is (left to right) Meadows, Fields (which produce coconut shavings with yellow food coloring), and Mudflats. The last row is Forests, Mountains, and Desert (with a wonderful candy skeleton - there were candy skulls and candy rib-cages and candy feet, etc.) The Desert is also the starting place of the terrible gummi-bear bandit.

Picture: Assembled tiles (2)

Another view of the assembled board, showing a water-hexagon assembled from left-over triangles.

Picture: A successful fallback.

A successful Plan B!

chrisber@idiom.com, Last Modifi ed 25 April 2002