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Raymond Gallardo
Canada
Montreal
Quebec
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10
Jul 2014
Update, March 2015: This might overtake Upwords for my favourite word game! My mom finally understood the basic strategy of this game. The best thing about this one: it's possibly the only letter-based word game where there's no scoring!

July 2014: Finally played this game on an improvised board with tiles from a travel version of Scrabble and pieces from Othello. I must make a more permanent version of this game for myself! Flipping an Othello piece underneath a Scrabble tile is fiddly!

Far, far less AP than I expected. Boggle rules instead of those of Scrabble make it much easier to find a word to place on the board. No scoring especially helps!

What's even more impressive about this game, compared to Scrabble, is that it eliminated many of Scrabble's annoyances: heavy reliance on two letter words and the incredible power of the letter S.

My first game was with my mom; she didn't understand the strategy nor the tactics at all until the game was over. Hopefully the next time I see her, our game will be more tense and challenging.

Perhaps my only criticism is the end result isn't as spectacular as Scrabble. In Scrabble, you get a interlocking grid of words. In WYPS you get a mess of letters :-)
2015-03-13
marc laumonier
France
near Marseille
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10
Aug 2010
Rio Malaschitz
Slovakia
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10
Mar 2012
Owned
John Farrell
Australia
Aspley
Queensland
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Averagely Inadequate
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9
Jul 2009*
A combination of The Game of Y and WordSearch or something like that. There's a lot of depth in this game. To play well you need to be good at the abstract part and the word part.
2009-08-05
Owned
Karl Hanf
United States
Billerica
Massachusetts
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9
Dec 2012
Very nice combination of word and abstract connection game.

Online: You can play online (turn-based vs. humans) at littlegolem dot net, but it uses a huge dictionary, so beware that the gameplay is totally different online because players can use a dictionary or online scrabble helper program (such as www dot a2zwordfinder dot com slash internat2 dot html) to find very very rare words to use! It's a different but still great game played this way.

In person: Anyway, playing in person would not really have that issue; like Scrabble, you would rely on your own vocabulary and either use a timer or politely not think for too long before taking your turn.
2014-09-07
Owned
Pino Bambu
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9
Jan 2014
Owned
tom-le-termite
United States
ft lauderdale
Florida
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8.28
Jan 2015
Somewhere between Scrabble, Boogle, Othello and Ingenious.
Placing your letters in the optimal way to make a line, and preventing your opponent to continue his own line.
The beauty of the game is the "letter stealing" rule: you can only convert 1 of your opponent of your color at the time, which makes this game highly strategic, in addition to the the word game.
2015-01-06
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Marco Calcaterra
Italy
Roma
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8
Oct 2009*
A very intriguing new word game. Kudos to the designer! Can't wait to play my first Italian game!
2009-10-29
France
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Apr 2012
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Pere Toledano
Spain
Vilafranca del Penedès
BARCELONA
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8
Jun 2012
Oliver Heck
Germany
Gießen
Hessen
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8
May 2013
Andre B.
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8
Jan 2014
Owned
Rex Moore
United States
Woodbridge
Virginia
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7.5
Mar 2010
Two games in one, really. First, this is the best word game I've played, because it de-emphasizes encyclopedic knowledge of words and emphasizes strategic tile placement. Second, the "Ascending WYPS" game played with numbers instead of letters has just enough rules differences to provide a quite different experience. I play this at Little Golem.
2010-03-22
Will Pirnasch
United States
Florida
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7.1
Nov 2009*
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Gary Sonnenberg
United States
Waukesha
Wisconsin
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7
Nov 2012
Make words with tiles to connect 3 sides of a triangle.

Arrived 11/12/11.

Initial rating: 8.
2014-01-04
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George Leach
United Kingdom
Godalming
Surrey
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Jan 2010*
Mikko Saari
Finland
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7
Mar 2010
Clever abstract. I don't generally like connection games, but WYPS is fun. The new rules from Oct 2010 improve the game a lot and make it very exciting.

Suggest.
2012-01-01
Felix Rodriguez
United States
Somerville
Massachusetts
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7
Feb 2011
Owned
Randy King
United States
Portland
Oregon
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7
Jun 2010
richard glanzer
United States
New York
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6.5
Aug 2013
Dean Rekich
United States
Lyndora
Pennsylvania
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6
Jun 2010
Owned
Hubert Orlik-Grzesik
Poland
Studzionka
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5
Feb 2010
The only word game I'll play.
2009-05-30
Jevon Heath
United States
Berkeley
California
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5
Mar 2015
Comment for an old version of the game:

This is a fantastic game for me, as it is 1) a word game and 2) an abstract strategy game. It's weighted more toward word knowledge than tactics, I feel, as it's hard to block plays you don't know are legal. However, I'm not positive about that; I've been using my vocabulary as a crutch, such that I haven't picked up more than a superficial grasp of the game's tactics. My rating may decrease as I understand that half of the game better.

Edit: It has. Blocking with double-thick walls is boring. I liked strings leading in all directions. Hopefully the next level of play will head back toward openness, as with competitive Scrabble.

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The game has changed so much since that I can no longer comment on it.
2011-01-25

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