Haste Worte is a German party game from Wolfgang Kramer and Michael Kiesling that has unfortunately never been published in English. It's a word game, so you'll need at least one German speaker to translate the categories. And even then, some of the categories won't be suitable linguistically or culturally for non-Germans. I would love to see someone publish an English version of Haste Worte.
The game is simple. Someone reads a category from one of the cards. It might be something like "Beatles songs" or "college majors." Everyone has a short amount of time to write down as many answers as they can, and also must secretly indicate how many of their answers they will read. Whoever bids lowest reads a number of answers equal to their bid, and scores that many points. Players continue to read their answers in the order of their bids, with the highest bid reading last. The tricky part is that no one is allowed to give an answer that a previous player has already given. So a higher bid will score more points (potentially), but it's hard to predict how many of your answers will be "used up" by the time your turn arrives.
This brilliant method of bidding and scoring is what really makes Haste Worte stand out. It's the game that Scattergories and Outburst! want to be when they grow up.
Special Honors The Award That Was Only Trying To Be Affable - Best Party or Social Game of 1997 also considered: Bohnanza, Visionary, Wise and Otherwise
Zustand: Die Karten und der Spielplan sind neuwertig. Von den beiliegenden Blöcken fehlen nur wenige Seiten und zwei der Bleistifte wurden nachgespitzt. Leider fehlt die Sanduhr und die Packung hat ein paar Macken (siehe Foto)
The Mets, after an eventful, but productive, trade deadline, find themselves on top of the NL East. Amazing!
Ooh, I should have mentioned this one earlier, as it's one of the first designs I'd republish. This is a terrific Kramer/Kiesling word/party game. The trouble is, there's no English language version, which basically makes the game unplayable for us non-German speakers! One English language edition, coming up!
Another prolific and harsh rater. The feature of Sisteray's reviews is that he gives high marks to games even after admitting their flaws. Likes perfect information and 'nasty' (backstab etc) games BUT also likes 'experience' games as well - an unusual combo. Steers away from Ameritrash.
Don't miss his comments for Battlelore (especially), his initial comment for A Castle For All Seasons and his final comment on Ra.
Notable games he likes more than the average BGG user:
Haste Worte Kapitän Wackelpudding 1860: Railways on the Isle of Wight Steam Intrigue TurfMaster Tempus
Notable games he dislikes:
Carcassonne Medina Diplomacy Ticket to Ride: Europe Web of Power & China Bohnanza Paris Paris Tigris & Euphrates Commands & Colors: Ancients
"Really nice word finding game and the betting how many different words you will be able to reveal can be quite tense - if you bet too high you might not have enough different words left, if you bet too low the others will get a hugh lead on you. The handicap can really bring the leading player to a grinding stop, but that's what it is supposed to do I guess :-) It is quite interesting to see how differently or how similarly the players assosiate with the given term."
Note: There does not seem to be an English version available. However there is an English translation of the rules on the game page, so you could make your own copy up for FREE if you made up a load of your own categories (or translated the German ones).
Zen's Party Poor Zen and his friends arrived late and the games cupboard had been raided by all the other parties. They took the best games they could find from what was left.
Haste Worte is a party/word game from Wolfgang Kramer and Michael Kiesling. Each turn players have 30 seconds to write as many answers for the category or question that round. After 30 seconds expire, players must bid on how many unique answers they have on their list. Bids are revealed simultaneously with players having the lowest bids reading their answers first. Any answer already named gets crossed of a players list before they get a chance to take their turn. Players score points equal to their bids if they make it and the first one around the board wins.
"Wow, I remember when I liked games like Outburst. Then I played them a few times and realized that most of the time you win based on getting the right card for your knowledge. Then I played Scatagories, but I grew board of it quickly. Of those types of word games Boggle is about the only game I still play. Haste Worte though, combines elements of all of those games, and adds a fantastic auctioning mechanism. You auction the points you plan to score, ala hearts. Of course those that predict a lower score get to go first and eliminate words they picked from your list. Fantastic fun. In my mind it is the perfect party game undoubtedly this is the best I've played in its category. "
Now here's something I didn't expect. I've played Haste Worte and wasn't overwhelmed. But I guess that's because I don't really care for El Grande. Apparently those who do enjoy "The Penis King" or whatever "Grande" is supposed to mean really like this light party/word game. Go figure. And if you like El Grande, go look into Haste Worte, because your bretheren are 4.5 times more likely to own them both.
The team that would later bring us games that completly fry our brains moved on from worms to a party game where players bid on who has come up with the best words in response to a question. Seems highly rated here, but I'll pass.