I recently discovered the concept of fractal mazes from this question about running mazes without maps, and I'm incredibly interested, as I think it'll fit the unsettling tone I'm going for in my current campaign beautifully.

However, I'm the first to admit that math is my absolute weak spot, and fractals often just make my brain hurt. I'm not asking for advice on how to run a maze, I think I have it figured out, but I'm trying to confirm that a fractal maze is inherently unsolvable by regular means (meaning, by just walking through the maze to the end like you normally would).

If it makes a difference, the maze I'm using as a model is this one, screenshotted in case of link breakage:

a picture of 2 levels of a fractal maze

However, I would prefer to clarify more generally regarding fractal mazes: Can they actually be solved?

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    \$\begingroup\$ I'm not an expert in fractal mazes but it seems like this may be a question that is not inherently about RPGs or that we can use RPG expertise to solve. This seems much more like a puzzle or math question. \$\endgroup\$ Feb 12, 2019 at 15:29
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    \$\begingroup\$ Are you asking whether any algorithm exists for solving fractal mazes, or are you asking whether there exists an algorithm for solving a fractal maze that a human being can use to solve the maze without computer assistance in a reasonable amount of time? Because those are very different questions. \$\endgroup\$
    – Oblivious Sage
    Feb 12, 2019 at 15:29
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    \$\begingroup\$ Despite my love for fractal mazes (and my amazement that somebody actually liked that answer!), this does strike me as off-topic for RPG and so I've voted to close it; I don't know whether puzzling or math or one of the programming sites might be a better fit? (Also, definitely hit me up in Role-playing Games Chat if you want to geek out over fractal mazes a bit!) \$\endgroup\$
    – nitsua60
    Feb 12, 2019 at 15:31
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Rubiksmoose I honestly wasn't sure either, since it's about a math concept, but it's about a specifically tabletop games question, and the puzzles stack seems to be mostly used for posing puzzles for other users to solve, and I was frankly worried that the question would be marked as me not putting in enough effort over with the math people. \$\endgroup\$
    – Cooper
    Feb 12, 2019 at 15:39
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    \$\begingroup\$ I feel like the question unasked (how to run a fractal maze) would be on-topic here. I believe Math SE is a better home for this one. \$\endgroup\$
    – Ifusaso
    Feb 12, 2019 at 15:42


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