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Lipograms

No. of Players: 1+
Type of Game: written
What you need: pen and paper

Goal

To write something without using a particular letter of the alphabet.

How to play

A lipogram is a piece of writing which deliberately avoids using a particular letter. While writing something which omits the letters Z, Q, or X is an easy enough task, this is much harder to do with letters that frequently appear in words. Roughly speaking, here is the frequency ranking of letters in the English language (note: letters to the left appear more frequently in words than letters to the right):

E T A O I N S R H L D C U M F P G W Y B V K X J Q Z

Gamemasters challenge themselves and/or others to write a sentence or two without using a selected letter. For added fun, a particular topic can be set, as well as a time limit. The first player to complete this task, or to write something the gamemaster judges is the most coherent, gets to select the next letter to be avoided, as well as to set other rules as desired.

For a similar word game, see Univocalics.

Example

Amelia decides to challenge the two players with the toughest letter to omit: the letter E. She tells them they have 3 minutes to write a single sentence telling her what they think of this game. The player with the longest sentence, by letter count, will become the next gamemaster.

Brooklynn: This is not fun, gratifying or a happy task as I am not too smart or fast thinking.
Chad: Doing this job is as hard as baking muffins without flour and cooking spray.

With a final letter count of 64 to 62, Brooklynn wins to become the next gamemaster.

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