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Ida MayerBy Ida Mayer
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Ida MayerBy Ida Mayer
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$1,342
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35
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
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About

Za is a fully cooperative crossword-building game that aligns the table's incentives with finding the most interesting and obscure words in an increasingly challenging and ever-reshaping crossword. 

  • For crosswording experts, this game can get quite a bit more challenging than other games in the genre. But, if you’re a novice, don’t worry! It’s fun for new players too; you start with just a couple of objectives, and the skill level of the game grows with you. 
  • Plays well with 1-5 players and easily splits into multiple parallel games. Just as fun to play solitaire or with a loved one as it is at a party. 
  • Excellent replayability: games often take at most 14 cards or so, and cards chain. With a large deck and combinatorial combinations, you’ll never play the same board twice.
  • Fully collaborative, so you can still have fun playing with that friend who always trounces you in scrabble. 
  • A great way to improve vocabulary and have fun with language -- e.g., how many palindromes are there in the English language that are more than 8 letters long? (Answer: there are 10.) And did you know ‘za’ is the only two letter 'z' word in the scrabble dictionary?

Update: Based on our playtester feedback, we think Za is faster and more fun at 100 tiles instead of 200. Backers will get a choice between the 200 tiles originally offered and 100 tiles plus a small custom scrabble tile keychain.

Gameplay

The Za deck is full of objectives for your crossword -- throughout the game, you'll have several of these objectives and a bunch of tiles. Your goal is to create a crossword using all your tiles that completes the objectives. You can draw more tiles whenever you want. Every time you complete your objectives, you can draw and chain together additional objectives to make your crossword more challenging and fun (and to win bonus points!). 

There are 4 kinds of Za cards: 

  • You start with the base objective, like “5 things bigger than a car” -- that’s easy enough, so you create a crossword with words like “mountain,” “planet,” and “bus.” 
  • Now you draw an add-on objective, which modifies your base objective: “all words must use the letter ‘m’” - okay, so “mountain” does, but “planet” and “bus” don’t. Now, you need to rearrange your crossword, scrapping some words and forming others, like “mastodon” and “zamboni.” 
  • Now, you get ambitious, and put another add-on to it. This time, you draw, “At least 10 letters long,” so none of your words work any longer, and you need to come up with completely new ones.  

The other two types of cards are: 

  • Constant objectives that apply to the whole board (you might draw “no animals,” at which point your “mastodon” goes out the window). 
  • Stand-alone objectives that are like normal objectives but hard enough that you can’t add-on to them (for example, a word with two “z”s in it).

Example Cards 

sample objectives and objective chains
sample objectives and objective chains

Who we are

We are avid boardgamers with a special fondness for language, living in Mountain View, CA.

Risks and challenges

This is our first Kickstarter project. We don't foresee any issues, but if we hit some snags we'll let you know right away and we'll do everything we can to resolve them. We've playtested a fair bit and we're pretty confident we can get a great game out to you on time.

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    Print 'n' Play

    Show off your DIY skills. Print a copy for yourself. Steal letter tiles and poker chips from another game.

    Includes:
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    • pdf of rules
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    Custom Letter Tile Keychain

    Show your love of word games to the world. Get the print'n'play copy of our game and decorative letter tiles to use as a keychain, necklace pendant, or wine charm.

    Includes:
    • Custom keychain (up to 5 letters)
    • pdf of 64 cards
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    Just the Cards

    Some word game aficionados may already own a set of letter tiles. Buy just the cards and play as an expansion to other games like bananagrams or scrabble.

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    • 4 marker chips
    • printed & pdf rules
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    the Full Set

    This is a complete stand-alone game set, excellent as a gift.

    Includes:
    • 96 cards (that's +32 additional cards!)
    • 200 letter tiles
    • 4 marker chips
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    Suggest a Card

    Fame and Glory. Have your card included in our 32-card bonus expansion deck, with your name printed on the card. (Or, be an anonymous hero, if you prefer.)

    Includes:
    • 96 cards, including one with your name on it
    • 200 letter tiles
    • 4 marker chips
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    Personalized Crossword

    We will create a personalized crossword containing up to 3 words of your choice out of wooden tiles and mail it to you along with a Full Set of Za.

    Includes:
    • personalized crossword
    • 96 cards (that's +32 additional cards!)
    • 200 letter tiles
    • 4 marker chips
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