We got the skillz
Three days and only ~$2000 to go! And since you've been generous enough to help us pay the bills, we figured it was time to show you that we've got the skills. In Word Realms, there are three types of skill.
Attack skills (square border) require you to play a word, and they always deal some damage based on the score of the word you play. They also have additional effects -- this one reduces your opponent's Vocabulary, which is the stat (for both enemies and players) that determines the size of their tileset. It's like cutting the end off of their Scrabble tray.
Instant skills (round border) fire off immediately, do not end your turn, and don't require you to play a word. This one just does knocks some letters out of your opponent's tileset, making it so they can't be used against you. You also have the right to an attorney.
If you're covetous and you've got the MP to burn, you might decide you're better off making use of those letters yourself, rather than just destroying them.
The third type of skill is the Passive skill (diamond border). These just give your character a benefit without you having to do anything. This one gives you extra points when using prepositions, making you more effective at beating your opponent ABOUT the head and neck.
Speaking of violence, here's a skill that makes violent words deal more damage. We're in the process of tagging various types of words, so that (for instance) a fireball spell will deal more damage if you use the word BLAZE than it would if you used the word FAUCET. We hope to refine and expand these categories during the beta based on player feedback. And since there are looking to be over 2000 of y'all in the beta, there's going to be a TON of feedback!