WildWords On A Table For Free
if this game was first, and Scrabble were recently invented and
marketed as a 'better WildWords' - most people would probably just
laugh it off."
am running out of games. Of the 5,500 games produced, only a few
hundred remain. For
reasons (i.e. money and age), I will not be doing another printing
completely on my own. Frankly, WildWords deserves more resources than I
can offer. That said, I don't want to impede anyone from learning and
playing this incredible game. Thus this page.
Links For Later:
Page which speaks for the game and provides
a gateway to much more stuff.
The regular Order Page for shrink-wrapped full sets.
A Customer's Experience that warms the heart.
The above story (exaggerating slightly)
is a Hallmark type fairytale of pre-holiday despair, happenstance, epiphany moments, and
a mind-bending journey ending with a reversal of fortunes.
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. 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 eliminate hopeless trays and increase game play possibilities.
WildWords is dedicated to all the words we know, but use
in speech. That actually has a name. It's your "passive vocabulary," and playing WildWords builds a bridge to
you need to play WildWords on a board (Kit):
1. The Rules --
will get a link to a PDF file of the rules
which you can print. Such files are used with the Adobe
Acrobat Reader which is free. You probably already have it. Staple the pages together.
2. The Board
-- You will
get a link to four PDF files (print-out shown
below) which you can 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
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.
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, provide
a plethora of opportunities, and encourage taking risks when you are
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
picture of this set with the board in place. The tiles were a solid maroon color.
board appears to be no longer for sale though tens of thousands must
variety of Scrabble™ tile sets if you
have none or want to buy a new
set of tiles. You can also buy a complete
set to get the
trays and potentially a backing board as well.
personally feel a certain sadness when I read newspaper articles about
the Official Scrabble™
Dictionary to become stars of that game. Pursuing a knowledge of
oddball words that serve no other purpose but winning at Scrabble seems
like a waste to me. WildWords,
on the other hand, encourages and exposes a good working vocabulary.
You play WildWords with a scholarly reference dictionary (available
online if you don't have one). I put "Ages 10 to
Adult" on the shrink-wrapped box to be safe. But I have seen some eight
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 like single letter 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
What You Can Do To Help:
As far as the general population goes,
WildWords is unheard of. If you feel this page is worthy of passing on, please do it. To find this page at a later
date, it might be best to bookmark it now. As
mentioned above, you could also join the Facebook Group. Just block any
posts if that becomes a hassle. I do it with a number of groups and
even some friends.
If you are in some sort of group that might be interested, the link to
this page is http://www.wildwords.us/fun.html I would
caution you that word lovers are a better audience than hardcore
Take this link to the instructions