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Email: peter@wildwords.us

Play WildWords On A Table Or Online For $2

Why This Page?

I am running out of games. Of the 5,500 games produced, only a few hundred remain. 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.

The Fee:

This $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:

The Home 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.

Executive Summary:

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.

What 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!




3. The Tiles --  The 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.

The major 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.

You will get 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.

4. The Trays -- You can use your Scrabble™ trays or improvise something. Keeping tiles behind a thick book makes it easy to shuffle them around. And, WildWords takes a lot of shuffling to stimulate your imagination and recognize parts of longer words, common endings, etc.

Scrabble Deluxe?

If you should happen to have the Scrabble™ Deluxe that I have with 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 your 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 prototypes.

This board appears to be no longer for sale though tens of thousands must own it.




Some Final Notes:

Amazon sells a 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.

I 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.


Payments:

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.

Peter Roizen
WildWords Game Company
PO Box 7586
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96158
USA


If you 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 knows 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 intelligence.

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.


The 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.

Pay with PayPal ($2  or more)


Take this link to the instructions