Teams compete to guess Science Terms based on clues given to them by a Clue Giver.
But, Here's the 1st Twist: Clues must start with a letter from the Science Term (excluding the first letter). In this way, Clues both (1) slowly reveal letters within the Science Term and (2) hint at the Science Term through associated words. It makes you feel SUPER clever!
And, Here's the 2nd Twist: Teams may bet additional points on their Guess based upon how confident they are! The more points you bet, the more you score if your guess is correct - but if you're incorrect, you lose those points. It's fast-paced, deduction-fueled fun, no matter how nerdy (or not) you are!
Break into two teams and give each player two cards. The person who most recently wore lab goggles is the first clue giver. The Clue Giver chooses one Science Term from either of their cards, and then writes their first clue on the whiteboard. Before revealing the Clue, if the Clue Giver believes that either team will guess the Science Term correctly based upon that guess, then the Clue Giver may bet up to 4 points.
Each Clue must start with a letter from the Science Term, except the first letter. In this way, words used as Clues simultaneously hint at the Science Term through associations but also slowly reveal letters within the Science Term. The only restriction is that you can’t use the first letter of the Science Term until the last Clue, even if that letter repeats itself in the Science Term.
After revealing the first Clue, each team has 60 seconds to make a guess AND depending on how confident they are, can choose to bet additional points on their guess. The Clue Giver may not communicate anything else aside from what is written on their whiteboard.
Teams will always gain points if they are correct, but if they bet on their guess and it is wrong, then they lose the points they bet. In the example above, Particle Party would lose 2 points because they bet 2 points and they were incorrect.
If any team guessed correctly, choose a new player from the opposing team to be the Clue Giver. If neither team correctly guessed the Science Term, the Clue Giver will reveal another Clue. The next clue could be something like this...
And the team might make guesses like this.
In the example above, team Bunsen Burners guessed the correct Science Term, which was FOSSIL. They are guaranteed 3 points, but also bet an additional 2 points. So they will score 5 points total for the round. Unfortunately, team Particle Party bet 1 point. Since they were wrong they will lose the 1 point that they bet.
Now that the round is over, the role of the Clue Giver jumps to the opposing team. This continues until one of two things happens: (1) all players have gone twice, or (2) any team gains 50 points or more on the scoreboard.
Within the core game of Nerd Words, we focus on basic terms mainly from biology, chemistry, physics and earth science. There are so many more fascinating disciplines of science that we wanted to highlight though, so we’re developing Nerd Words Add On packs with advanced terms!
Each Add On pack will have approximately 18-27 cards (adding approximately 270 additional Science Terms!) and dive deep into the terminology from specific disciplines.
- Space Science - features terms found in Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology
- Earth Science - features terms found in Ecology, Geology and Oceanography
- Advanced Biology - features terms found in Biochemistry, Microbiology and Molecular Biology
- Medical Sciences - features terms found in Anatomy, Physiology and Basic Medicine
We'll be shipping from fulfillment centers in the US, Canada, European Union, Australia, and China - so we're able to offer friendly international shipping! Most packages shipped to countries from within their respective regions are not charged additional taxes to the end receiver. For example, I will pay the VAT tax on these items when they enter the EU, and will ship to European backers within the EU.
We’re offering bulk pledge of Nerd Words in case quantities especially for you retailers! If you are a retailer interested in info and pricing, email email@example.com, with your store address and/or website. Once you’re verified, simply back at the $1 pledge level and we will upgrade your pledge to the retailer pledge level in the pledge manager.
Play through fundamentals of chemistry and biology with our science games! They’re designed with the gamer in mind, and have received recommendations by the NSTA and an endorsement by the Journal of Cell Science.
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Risks and challenges
All projects have some level of risk, and ours is no different. We make every effort to reduce the overall cost of production (and ultimately lower our funding goal) while at the same time maintaining the highest of standards for product quality and prompt delivery.
We will draw on what we've learned about the entire manufacturing process with all of our previous games (a long list now, including Linkage, Peptide, Ion, Covalence, Virulence, Cytosis, Subatomic, and Periodic...) and hope to always exceed your expectations!
Our turnaround for delivery will be similar to our previous games as we continue to feel out the process with our manufacturer's representatives. We do not expect delays, but anything can happen half a world away just as it could domestically. We rely on our suppliers just as you rely on us, and hope for a relationship of mutual understanding.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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