Inventing and publishing your
own board game has to be a labor of love. The
greatest rewards are the exchanges with customers and
this is one of my favorites. Name changed to protect
I subscribe to AWAD and very, very rarely do I scroll
down below the definition to read the links, but
yesterday I did just that and found the link to
WildWords. And I cannot believe how precisely the
comments about Scrabble being ruined by people
memorizing stupid "words" like qat echoed
my feelings and those of my family members. We have
very dear friends who have become way too good at
pulling those rare letter combinations out of their
brains whenever we play together. (We had to put our
collective feet down and refuse to allow the Scrabble
dictionary to be the authority when we play Boggle
because that was becoming joyless too. also we kept
losing.) Anyway, we spend Thanksgiving with them and
I want to bring them their own WildWords so that we
can check it out together. (I'm keeping my fingers
crossed that it will arrive by Wed. the 21st.)
Good luck to you. I hope the venture makes you
wealthy (or at least moderately pleased with life).
This was such a heartfelt note that I just cannot
resist asking you how it went. I know that opening
the WildWords box does not make one an expert at it.
There is a learning curve. If you would care to tell
me, I would love to hear it.
Well, between Taboo and Boggle and eating some
turkey, too, we only managed to squeeze in one game,
but it was very, very promising. I could almost feel
the gears in my brain creaking as they were forced to
turn in a new direction...it's a shift in how you
think of the range of words that might be do-able. So
open-ended, and free-wheeling, and so many
possibilities present both on the board and in each
person's rack. I felt that it would certainly take a
few more games to get so comfortable with it that I
wouldn't have to stop and think (like translating the
French question into English and then the English
answer back into French before answering.) For
example, we didn't really make the best use of the
opportunities for big scores based on the variety of
special spaces on the board. And we never once
returned a tile to the bag to exchange for new
ones--couldn't quite grok that it wouldn't cost a
turn. We weren't really up to non-Scrabble strategy.
But I don't think that's unreasonable. It's been a
lot of decades of Scrabble digging ruts into our
brains. My friend was ahead of me through most of the
game; she made lots of little words (like qi) and
also used all seven tiles twice and I did it once
(which is certainly more often than in a typical
Scrabble game--but not nearly as often as I suspect
we would have done if we were more familiar with the
game). At any rate, in the last two rounds, I
suddenly caught fire and was able to go out with my
second seven-letter word, which, added to the
multiplied value of her unused tiles netted me 140
points and the win. So you can sign me up for the
revolution for sure. I really am looking forward to
playing it with my husband and son--both word-lovers.
I feel like I can taste the possibilities of it, even
if I'm not fully there yet. I really appreciate
everything about this experience. I like the game, I
like the quality of it (the weight of the racks, the
nice tile bag, the extra tiles), I like that it
specifically addresses the killjoy, cramped style of
serious Scrabble play, and I certainly like the
Nice job all around!
Here's another holiday story.
This fellow paid about $160 for
his game with overnight shipping to Canada. The
ellipses are his own.
Greetings From Canada
You may remember me from last year... I was the typical last minute
customer who begged the impossible... "Please send me your game in
time for Christmas... just days before hand..." AND THANK YOU.... it
did arrive in time. I laughed when you congratulated me on owning the
most expensive Wild Words game in North America because of the
shipping. ha. It probably is. But I'll tell ya.. it's worth every
I ordered Wild Words for my parents... who up till then would start
each day playing each other in a game of scrabble. Every day.
They're nuts for that game. So... I thought for sure they'd like your
game. My folks are in their late 60's... pretty set in their ways...
I honestly wasn't sure how they'd react to it... Well... Peter... they
love it. They don't play scrabble anymore - just the Wild Words. It
took them a few months to cotton onto it... to get into the rules...
then they were liberated. My sister is equally nuts for it. And
that's whom I'd like to purchase another one of your units for this
I'm so glad you emailed me... other wise I might've left it to the
last minute again. I'll contact you soon to place an order with my
visa. But I wanted to email you to let you know just how much my
family and I enjoy your game. I wish I had contacts for you at
Walmart or Toys=R=Us, so I could help you mass distribute it.... it
really is great.
Cheers! Or should I say C*RS!
Bye for now,