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Bonavia
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What i think is great about my creation is that it stimulates anybody's brain. The idea behind this "game" is for players to come up with words - words you may know or words that they think they know. The players write all the words made up from 3 letters selected randomly from a bag, similar to Scrabble. It can be played by a single player and it allows up to 6 players in total.

Correct words will attract points and these are added after each session (timed) and counters move up to pre-selected amounts on the board reflecting the scores. Rules are very simple to follow and if a word is spelled wrongly, the player/s will not get any points. There are 3 levels of achievement on the board.

The beauty of this "game" is the players write down (and spell the words correctly) any word that comes to their mind. Any word, including christian names, cities, rivers, countries, lakes, galaxies, etc.. as it does not matter. The idea is to stimulate people's brains, even old people, it seems fantastic to me anyway.

But what do you wonderful people think? Am I on the right track for a great creation? Godfrey.

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Limiting?

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The players write all the words made up from 3 letters selected randomly from a bag

Words must only be 3 letters? That seems very limiting doesn't it?

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Bonavia wrote:What i think is

Bonavia wrote:
What i think is great about my creation is that it stimulates anybody's brain.

This is a bad opening line. Only the most terrible games don't stimulate the player's brain. You've started off by saying your bar for greatness is a 5 out of 10.

Starting off with *why* it stimulates brains would be better, the way in which it challenges the player, the sort of stimulation it provides. (this seems to be spelling words)

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This idea sounds half-baked,

This idea sounds half-baked, and it needs another layer to make it unique, attractive and compelling. There are a ton of successful word games out there, from Boggle, Bananagrams, Scrabble, Word Wave and the now-on-Kickstarter Word Domination which is getting a lot of positive response.

I think you need to push your idea further and find a great hook that makes yours stand apart from the others...and I agree that stimulating brains is a requirement, not a hook.

Also, and this is a bit of a cart-before-the-horse comment, but the name "Word-A-Holic" may turn some away, as an "a-holic" carries negative connotations, even when used as you use it. I think you can come up with a much stronger name that implies more about the unique aspects of the game, once you identify them.

Keep going!

Bonavia
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Word-A-Holic

Sorry, that's not what i meant. the idea is all behind 3 letters randomly selected from a bag like Scrabble. Then the players start writing words with those three letters selected. the words could be a mile long as long as the first letter selected stays first, the last stays last and the middle letter stays anywhere in between.

For example, the letters selected are: AFN. Words like AfFlictioN can be created, or another like AfFrontatioN, or AfFection and so on. Points are given for grammatically correct words, and are distributed like this: words with 4 - 5 letters get 10 points; words with 6-7 letters get 20 points, etc...and the players' counter go along their selected ladder with 3 levels for Fantastic, Outstanding and Word-A-Holic Genius.

Hope this helps. Thank you for contributing to my blog. Godfrey.

Bonavia
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Thanks Chris

Thanks Chris it never entered my mind that the title i gave my game could be taken badly. Thanks for that.

Regards the pushing further my idea is a great feed back.
I will be working on that soon enough.

Thanks again,

Godfrey.

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iamseph wrote:Bonavia

iamseph wrote:
Bonavia wrote:
What i think is great about my creation is that it stimulates anybody's brain.

This is a bad opening line. Only the most terrible games don't stimulate the player's brain. You've started off by saying your bar for greatness is a 5 out of 10.

No. He said "anybody's brain," which is a greatness of 20 out of 10 in my book. You can play it with people in a vegetative state, and they will spell out 3 letter words. Have you seen Awakenings? It's like that. Freakin' miraculous is what I'd call it.

I should add regarding the criticism of the name that there are numerous churches that use grape juice instead of wine for the Eucharist to avoid being a stumbling block for alcoholics, who oftentimes have support groups meeting at said-same churches. The word "alcoholic" has a lot of power among people dealing with substance abuse, and considering the prevalence of people affected by the disorder it proves a very valid point.

Bonavia
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Starting again..

Hello Iamseph,

Thank you for your contribution.
I will start my game description once again:

Do you like spelling? Do you like new words?
Do you like sharing new words with others?
If you replied "YES" to all these questions then you would love playing "Words Galore". (How about that for a title?)
This game stimulates your brain as it challenges it into thinking words to fit the 3 letters chosen. The words (or 4 letters or more) that you write down will need to be set up to comply with the sequence of the letters selected. For example if these are the letters come up: BCN you could write down BaCoN, or BeneDictioN, BarChaN, BlaCkeN, etc..

Words created could include proper names, cities, mountains, lakes, rivers, countries, it does not matter, as long as the word exists.

When the time set is up, all the players stop writing and their work exchanged with other players and they check each others work, if necessary by consulting a dictionary, or an Atlas.

I hope that this outlines my idea a bit better.

Godfrey.

Bonavia
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Words Galore!

Hello Soulfinger,

Many thanks for your support!
I appreciate your enthusiasm about the 3 letter words, however my aim for the game is a bit different to that, although if what you say is really considered "miraculous" then I might have to change the whole format.

My idea is that after the 3 letters have been selected out of a bag, all the players (immaterial of age) write down all the words they can think of as long as the words created maintain the same sequence as the letters come up. For example, if the 3 letters are: BCN, words like BaCoN, and BlaCkeN, and BarChan are acceptable. Points are given thus: words with 3-4 letters get 10 points, words with 5-6 letters get 20 points, etc...and the words need to be spelled out correctly otherwise no points are given. And the beauty of this game is that players are learning from one another new words, challenging each other all the way!

Hope you like this idea - hope it come out clear enough, sorry for the confusion. Godfrey.

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Soulfinger wrote:iamseph

Soulfinger wrote:
iamseph wrote:
Bonavia wrote:
What i think is great about my creation is that it stimulates anybody's brain.

This is a bad opening line. Only the most terrible games don't stimulate the player's brain. You've started off by saying your bar for greatness is a 5 out of 10.

No. He said "anybody's brain," which is a greatness of 20 out of 10 in my book. You can play it with people in a vegetative state, and they will spell out 3 letter words. Have you seen Awakenings? It's like that. Freakin' miraculous is what I'd call it.

And if you take it that way, then it sounds like snake oil, not much of an improvement :P

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iamseph wrote:And if you take

iamseph wrote:
And if you take it that way, then it sounds like snake oil, not much of an improvement :P

Dude, what!? I was in Bangkok just last week drinking snake oil, and it was awesome! Or was it cobra whiskey? Either way, I haven't woken up in a bath tub full of ice with a missing kidney like that since Mardi Gras. WHOOO!

Bonavia wrote:
I appreciate your enthusiasm about the 3 letter words, however my aim for the game is a bit different to that, although if what you say is really considered "miraculous" then I might have to change the whole format.

Ah, sorry. The American idiom for it is "busting your balls," which is to say that I was just teasing. I don't really know what I think about your game. I enjoy word games, but this one doesn't quite grab me. I can't see it displacing my vintage Scrabble dice set.

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