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Trigram

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

Goal

To think of words containing three consecutive letters.

How to play

The gamemaster calls out three letters and the other players list as many words as they can that contain these letters within a set time. The letters must appear consecutively in the word, and in the order that they were spoken by the gamemaster. Players agree that these letters can appear anywhere within the word, or anywhere except the start and/or the end of words, or some other rule as desired. Players are awarded one point for every word, two points for every word not appearing on other players' lists, three points for words that contain more than one instance of these letters, and four points for the longest list. The player with the highest score becomes the gamemaster for the next round. The scoring system can be adjusted as desired, as well as whether proper nouns are permitted. This game can also be played alone.

A variation of this game that uses two letters is called Bigram.

Example

Antonio calls out the letters V, E, and R and tells players they have two minutes to list words that contain these letters. He tells them that words with the same root are eliminated, and no proper nouns or foreign words are permitted. One point is awarded for every word not appearing on other lists, and the player with the highest points wins.

Beth's list:

VERY
EVER
VERB
OVER
FEVER
EVERY
OVERDID
MOVER
TAVERN

Chrissy's list:

LIVER
VERY
LOVER
VERGE
EVERY
RIVER
VERB

Beth and Chrissy share three words, so no points are awarded for them. Beth also has two words in her list that have the same root (OVER and OVERDID), so she only gets one point for them. However, she still beats Chrissy 5 to 4 to become gamemaster in the next round.

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