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One Hundred

No. of Players: 2+
Type of Game: written
What you need: pen and paper

Goal

To make three-letter words without exceeding 100 points.

How to play

Letters are given point values according to their relative position in the alphabet. So A = 1 point, B = 2, C = 3 and so on to Z = 26. The first player writes down a three-letter word and adds up its point total. The second player writes down another three-letter word that starts with the last letter of the first word, and adds up its point total. The next player does the same, and so on. Points accumulate as the game progresses, so that point totals for previous words are added to the point total of the current word for an overall game point total. The first player that makes a word that pushes the game point total over 100 loses the round (or game). No word can be used twice.

Other variations of this game include Add It Up and Valued Words.

Example

Alan writes down BAD which has a point total of (2+1+4) = 7. The game point total stands at 7.

Bentley writes down DAY = (4+1+25) = 30. Game point total is (30+7) = 37.

Camila writes down YAK = (25+1+11) = 37. Game point total is (37+37) = 74.

Delilah writes down KEG = (11+5+7) = 23. Game point total is (23+74) = 97.

Alan cannot write a word that would not push the game point total over 100, so he is out.

Note: words that are formed using letters from the beginning of the alphabet will extend gameplay, while those using letters from the end of the alphabet shortens it considerably (like Bentley has done by using a word containing Y: he successfully knocked out a player before his turn came around again). If there are many players, the game point total limit can be increased from 100 to 150 or 200.

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