Need something to do at your next get-together? Do you have a house full of bored children on a rainy afternoon? Tired of those boxed games stacked in the back of your closet? The time-tested word game may just be what you're looking for!
before the advent of board games and video game consoles,
simple games involving language
delighted all classes in society, from the well-to-do to the
poorest of the poor. Many today still argue
that word games provide a far richer, more rewarding experience
than what can be had through manufacturing and digital
technology. Word games are certainly cheaper too, often
requiring little to no equipment to play, other than perhaps pen
Here are links to descriptions of 151 word
games. These descriptions indicate the number of
players, whether the game is written and/or verbal, how it is
played, and what equipment (if any) is required. The goal of
each game is summarized in a single sentence, followed by a more
detailed description of game play. In many cases an illustration
or example using fictional players is provided to give a better
sense of actual play. You'll see that while some games play with
the meanings of words, others play with their sounds. Still
others play with spelling or the letters of words, requiring
players to rearrange them into different letter sequences. There
are also games based on the alphabet, and games where players
must fit words into predefined patterns or interlocking grids.
Some word games are competitive. But in many of these games everyone is a winner, where deriving pleasure from the mental stimulation, the challenge, and the social interaction is the real objective. It all depends on how you approach word games. Remember, there is nothing stopping you from adapting the rules to suit your own tastes. But make sure you agree with your fellow players beforehand on whether proper nouns, foreign words, abbreviations, etc. will be permitted. Deciding on a suitable dictionary to use is also very helpful in avoiding disputes.