These are pictures of our current game in process. We don't finish a game at one meal...it takes a lot of pondering time and while we like a bit of leisure, we haven't got THAT much time, so the game stays out on the table til it's finished. Here's a quick run down of the game. 101 tiles, all turned face down.
First player turns over three letters and if a word can be formed, makes a word (each word has a minimum of three letters) and from then on each player turns over one tile and either changes an existing word with it or makes a new word with the letters that have been turned over that haven't been put into play yet. Here's the challenge though. To use their example, Light can't become Lights or Enlighten, but it could turn into Slightly if the right combination of letters were turned over. The first letter in each word doesn't count, but each letter after that is one point. There is one wild tile that can be used for any letter, but it has to remain that letter throughout the game...I don't think it's come up yet in this game.
I think that gives you the gist....so here is a list of the transformations in words throughout the game that went from dinner on the 22nd through dinner on the 23rd.
1/22-1/23 Dinner - Dinner
Ms. P.: 80
Wild card tile: Don't know...this was before that piece of evidence was being documented
According to their simple rules, whoever sees the possibility of a word calls it out and gets the word, but we play a more refined version and our house rules allow a person to verify a word in the dictionary first before playing it....even while the other person bites their tongue over a word they see that can be made. Sometimes one of us sees a fantastic possibility and will give broad enough hints that the other one finally gets it and then, depending on the score at the time and how generous we're feeling, we'll split the points. I happen to be pretty proud of having seen spinet and then later in the game, splinters!!! However, in this game Johntimothy clearly skunked me. This is a great way to learn words....although we're always having to look the same strange words up time after time forgetting whether they were legitimate or not! The truth is out...we're just a couple of word nerds! But for those of you out there that like word games, it comes highly recommended by those in the Pizzuto household...