is a new page along with the page of instructions. If something is confusing or odd, let me know, then check back in 24 hours
for fixes to
WildWords On A Table Or Online For $2
am running out of games. Of the 5,500 games produced, only a few
I am still
hoping Oprah, a Scrabble™ player, will see the revolution in this game and take it over. For a couple of
reasons (i.e. money and age), I will not be doing another printing. But I would like to keep the number of WildWords players growing with the best options I can provide.
$2 fee could help. And, I am not asking anyone to pay it if they don't
enjoy playing WildWords on a table with the special kit or on their
computer. Play a few games first.
Some Links For Later Or Now:
Page which speaks for the game.
A Windows Version to practice and learn the game, and possibly play an opponent via the Internet.
A Customer's Experience that warms my heart.
The above story is sort of a Hallmark type tale of pre-holiday despair, happenstance, epiphany moments, and
a mind-bending journey ending with a reversal of fortunes. It's also a
warning that learning this game takes an effort. It's easy enough to
read the rules, but exploiting them requires an about-face in strategy
from the tactical and often rote play of Scrabble™. If I could ask one favor, please read this WildWords fairytale.
To start, you need to use
some skills you developed in kindergarden -- scissor along straight
lines, tape panels together, and cover some tiles with small squares of
masking tape. There's less than a half hour of activity. The
multi-letter wild tiles represent the biggest leap vis-a-vis all other
word games. WildWords welcomes the full richness of English. Every word from animalistic (ANIM*IC) to zombiesque
(ZOM*QUE) can be played.
With every element (board, tiles, and every rule) of WildWords, I have
tried to waive restrictions and increase game play possibilities.
WildWords is dedicated to all the words we know, but never write or use
in speech. That actually has a name, it's your "passive vocabulary" and it's bigger than you think.
you need to play WildWords on a board (Kit):
1. The Rules -- You
will get a link to a PDF file of the rules
which you are licensed to print. Such files are used with the Adobe
Acrobat Reader which is free. You probably already have it.
2. The Board
-- You will
get a link to four PDF files (shown
below) which you are licensed to print. You will need to trim these
with scissors and tape them together. If you have a Scrabble™
Deluxe Set the same
as mine, pay attention later. You are in luck!
The Tiles --
distribution of letters in WildWords is based on their occurance in
words of all lengths. The same is true of the point values.
For the correct distribution, you will need to remove 18 specific tiles from a
Scrabble™ set and convert 12 of those to an asterisk/wild tile. Six
tiles will remain
unused. Some Scrabble™
point values are different from WildWords. It's
nice but not
necessary to change them. It takes the same skills to find a great
7-tile play with a 10
point Z (Scrabble) as it does with a 7 point Z (WildWords). And
WildWords is all about finding 7-tile plays more often than not when
you learn it.
innovations in WildWords are the twelve wild multi-letter tiles, the
all new turn-to-wild squares, the board layout
(which promotes comebacks), and rules which open up the board, lead to
better trays, and encourage taking risks when you are behind.
instructions for all changes including letter point values (optional). With a bit
of masking tape, you can start experiencing this game using your
current tiles without harming any of them.
The Trays -- You can use your
Scrabble™ trays or improvise
something. Keeping tiles behind a thick book makes it
to shuffle them around. And, WildWords takes a lot of shuffling to
stimulate your imagination and recognize parts of longer words, common
you should happen to have the Scrabble™ Deluxe that
a removable plastic grid and a playing area of 14.5 inches tall by 13.5 inches wide, the printed WildWords board can be taped
to the back of the cardboard Scrabble™ board insert allowing you to use
nice plastic grid with either game. Below is a
picture of this set with the board in place. The
word played is DICOMBOBULATING which
WildWords often is. The tiles were a solid maroon color. Those in the
picture have stickers over them. They were used long ago to make some
board appears to be no longer for sale though tens of thousands must own it.
Some Final Notes:
variety of Scrabble™ tile sets if you have none or want to buy a new
set. You can also buy a complete inexpensive Scrabble™ set to get the
trays as well.
personally feel a certain sadness when I read newspaper articles about youngsters studying
the Official Scrabble™ Dictionary to become stars of that game. It's a knowledge that serves no other purpose. WildWords,
on the other hand, encourages a good working vocabulary and is played
with one or more meaningful reference dictionaries (available online). I put "Ages 10 to
Adult" on the shrink-wrapped box to be safe. But I have seen some eight year olds
grasp the wild tile concept more readily than their parents.
It is possible to play WildWords as some sort of easy Scrabble by using
the wild tiles to represent a single letter like blanks in Scrabble™.
But that is not playing WildWords. You have to target for a 7-tile play
at every turn and that necessitates unleashing the full power of
asterisk tiles to fill gaps in words. You will need some blind faith at
first until you, yourself, have made 7-tile plays with trays that first
appeared quite average. If you refuse to look hard, and
immediately jump like a FOX to put that word down with the X on a
triple letter, you will miss the whole point and the satisfaction of
playing WildWords as opposed to Scrabble. You won't win either.
If you decide to keep and continue to play WildWords on the board or with the computer program, please pay the $2 fee. The honor system is in force.
You can pay the $2 by wrapping the bills
in a sheet of paper and mailing that in an envelope to the address below.
You can also pay the $2 option with a credit card via PayPal (a secure system). I would prefer PayPal be used. No account is needed. You can do the transaction as a guest. I won't take
checks as a bad
check, for whatever reason, ends up as a $25 bank charge to my account.
WildWords Game Company
PO Box 7586
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96158
want to pay more (now or later) to help the cause, you should use
PayPal. The amount can be increased in $2 increments by increasing the
quantity on the PayPal order page.
If you want to give a kit and/or computer version to one or more friends, increase the quantity
appropriately. As I said, the honor system is in force. You
can email them the statement below that includes the link to this page
with your own message. The cost is less than a nice card and who
what the impact might be. If worst comes to worst, remember, it's the
thought that counts. If best comes to best, well, read the Hallmark
story link. One thing for sure, you will not be insulting anyone's
I prepaid a WildWords kit and computer version for you at: http://www.wildwords.us/fun.html
If someone sent you the message above, your kit and program have been prepaid. Go to the instructions.
As far as the general population goes,
WildWords is unheard of. If you feel there is an idea and offer here
that's worthy of passing on, please do it. To find this page at a later
date, it might be best to bookmark it now.
link for the instructions is below the "Add to Cart" button. You are
welcome to browse and even try WildWords first to verify that the
instructions work and the game is to your liking. You can push
the button later.
Thanks for your time and AT*TION.
Take this link to the instructions