is sufficiently flexible to play a game
with the added rule that every word must
be related to a particular topic. You
won't score as many points or use all
seven tiles as often, but a themed game
can add amusement or educational value or
When playing a themed game, consider
adding the six spare tiles to the pot.
Use them just like wild tiles to increase
the chances of playing interesting words
related to the theme.
Since a play may form a number of new
words, just insist that the main word
formed be related to the theme.
If the playing of a word has consequences
(other than points), require that each
play use at least four tiles. For
example, in a chores assignment game, V*
would be too easy of a play to force your
opponent to do the vacuuming. But V*UM
should do it.
I once played a game with the condition
that every word had to be (in some small
way) related to a particular person who
was driving all the players nuts. It
produced a fair number of laughs around
the board and was somewhat
You can also pick a theme that's
educational. Be creative. That's what
WildWords is about.