Wordcrafter (card game) (Canceled) project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound
$360 pledged of $500 goal
backers
$360 pledged of $500 goal
backers

About

Wordcrafter is a unique card game that involves betting and word creation. The idea formed when a small group of us were playing poker and a debate arose about which game requires a higher level of intelligence: Texas Hold 'Em or Scrabble.  It was a lively debate and one that you can chime in on in the comments section.

From there the idea was born.  Why not mix the two game mechanics together.  And so it happened, Scrabble became the father and Texas Hold 'Em the mother, and they birthed a baby card game called Wordcrafter.

Setup

Two cards with letters on them are dealt face up in the middle of the table.  Each player is dealt five cards face down.  Before they look at the face down cards, each player makes a bet on how many 4-letter words they think they are going to be able to make (only knowing the two letters that each player shared).

Play

Once the bets are made, players turn over their cards and begin to write down as many 4-letter words they can create using their 5 letters and the 2 in the middle of the table.  

Once a player writes down the same number of words as their bet, they yell "Word" and continue to write more words.  Once the next player reaches their bet, they yell "Craft" and continue to write more words.  Once the next player reaches their bet they yell "Stop" and everyone stops writing immediately.

Scoring

If a player did not reach their bet amount, each word they did write is worth a 1/2 point.  

If a player met their goal, they get one point for each word.

If a player exceeded their goal, they get one point for each word up to their bet and then a 1/2 point for each additional word.

After 5 rounds, highest score wins.

The art and power of words is getting lost in the short-hand and abbreviations of the texting generation.  We hope simple word games like this one will help do a small part in bringing a strong vocabulary and a love for words to the next generation of emoji-based communicators.

 The cards feature a minimalist design to ensure that the letter are bold and easy to read.  The number of letters in the deck represents the common distribution of letters for words used in the English language.  For example, there are many letters like "A" and "S", but there are only one of the "Qu" and "Z".

Risks and challenges

The cards and rules for this game have been fully designed and are ready to print and ship once the campaign ends. The only real risk in this campaign is us not meeting our goal. But we know our strong gaming community will help us make this happen.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $20 or more About $20

    Early Adopter Special - One (1) copy of the Wordcrafter card game + all stretch rewards.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 5 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    One (1) copy of the Wordcrafter card game + all stretch rewards.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $40 or more About $40

    Two (2) copies of the Wordcrafter card game + all stretch rewards.

    One of the copies of the game will be signed by the game designer.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    One (1) copy of the Wordcrafter card game + all stretch rewards.

    We will also send you one (1) copy of our current games En Passant and Prisoner's Dilema.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 3 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    Two (2) copies of the Wordcrafter card game + all stretch rewards.

    One of the copies of the game will be signed by the game designer.

    As a premier backer of Geym Theori Studios, we will send you one free copy of all of our current games (En Passant, Prisoner's Dilema, GardenScape and The Piker) and any future games we produce.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (30 days)