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Interesting idea, but in our few tries these boards made the game go on too long -- apparently, we are not wordsmiths! Also, these boards can drag either at the beginning (if you try to figure out your words ahead of time) or at the end (if you try to use up all the letters you have showing). I imagine they'd get repetitive, too: find a good word (e.g., internationals; or, if they can be spelled with the letters available: antidisestablishmentarianism, floccinaucinihilipilification, pseudopseudohypoparathyroidism, or pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis) and try for it every game.
So, for these 2 boards, might it be better to do something like this? The goal is to speed up game play, and also incorporate more of the create-a-word-out-of-these-letters skill.
- each player randomly removes some of their pieces from the game (the more removed, the longer word they'll need to come up with); maybe draw from the deck and remove pieces till a total of 8-12 (for true wordsmiths, use a higher number) squares are removed
- require every other piece to be played (no more discards!)
- then, at the end, create word(s)
- reduce penalty for unused letters