Word Forge is a fun 2-5 player card game, where the goal is to get as many points as possible by building words with letter cards from your hand. The game has some parallels to Scrabble, the main difference being that the words are pre-determined. The words in Word Forge are hand picked to be fun, challenging, and to add new and interesting words to your vocabulary. The game also contains the mechanic of player interaction, where you can steal a card from someone's hand, trip everyone's progress up by changing the word everyone was in the process of building, and other actions you can use against your opponents.
The 2 decks
There are 75 word cards in the base deck. Each of these cards have a word printed on them, the number of points the word gives a player once claimed, as well as the definition of the word. These hand-picked words are not ones that would encounter on a day-to-day basis. They are meant to be challenging to build throughout the game. They are also interesting words to add to your vocabulary.
Here is an example of a word card:
The other deck is made up of letter and action cards. You use the letter cards during the game to build up the words in the word deck. You use action cards to interact with your opponents and to improve your score. You can do things like take a card from another player's hand, trip up their progress by taking a card from one of their partially built words or by swapping out a word that everyone was trying to build for a new one, apply a multiplier to your claimed words or letters, and other actions.
Here is an example of a letter card:
In total, the game contains 220 cards as follows:
- 73 word cards
- 107 letter cards
- 36 action cards
- 4 reference cards
The game starts with each player receiving 7 cards from the letter/action deck. Then two cards per player are drawn from the word deck and placed on the table for everyone to see. These are the words that everyone must strive to build and claim. The game then starts and each player must either draw a card from the letter/action deck, place a letter towards a word, play an action card, or pass.
A round ends when at least half the words have been claimed or when no words can be claimed anymore.
After the game ends, the points are tallied up by counting the points each player received from their claimed words and their various multipliers. The player with the highest number of points is the winner.
Why Should I Support Your Game?
You should support my game, because I think it is fairly unique, has interesting player interaction mechanics, and you will have a chance to learn some interesting words. Also, as a software engineer, I've always though that my skills limited me to creating something (whether it's a game, a website, or an app) that could only take the form of software. After I discovered the joy of board games a couple of years ago, I started getting new ideas about games that I could build that were much more appropriate in physical form. Very recently I realized what an amazing platform Kickstarter is and that I could publish my creation without needing to risk my life savings by using the awesome power of crowdfunding. I came to see that with the help of the community I could launch my very own board game without the help of any publishers.
Risks and challenges
There are no risks in this Kickstarter campaign and only one challenge. The game is finished and it is ready to be printed. We are printing the game through a high quality manufacturer and we are certain that you will be satisfied with the results.
The only challenge will be coordinating the delivery of the packages. We are addressing this by automating as much of the effort in the hope to prevent any shipping mistakes.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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