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A war of words, but with a twist

DC | Arup kavan | 09th Dec 2012

Priya is visiting India briefly. She was an avid board GAME player and a keen competitor against whom I pitted wits frequently. The many hours dedicated to Quoridor and such like made it only natural she came bearing games as gifts.

I’m now the proud owner of Quiddler, a Canadian word game that boasts 15 best game awards. Hundred and eighteen letter and double letter cards get shuffled and dealt. The game runs for eight rounds, starting with a three-cards hand and graduating to a final 10-cards hand. There are bonus points for the most number of words, and the longest word in a round. Points are lost for the cards you didn’t use.

Into round three, I figured like in most other word games, if you wait to make that deliciously clever word, you could well get left behind. I switched tactics, discarded high points letters I couldn’t use. Made simple but long words, and agreed with the others to not allow bonus points for getting lots of silly two or three-letter words.

Quiddler cards are beautiful. The letter graphics in the middle of the cards are apparently inspired by Celtic manuscripts from 500 – 800 AD. Elaborate and very elegant calligraphy, with restrained card design. Lovely game. Wonderful gift!

Priya is visiting India briefly. She was an avid board GAME player and a keen competitor against whom I pitted wits frequently. The many hours dedicated to Quoridor and such like made it only natural she came bearing games as gifts.

I’m now the proud owner of Quiddler, a Canadian word game that boasts 15 best game awards. Hundred and eighteen letter and double letter cards get shuffled and dealt. The game runs for eight rounds, starting with a three-cards hand and graduating to a final 10-cards hand. There are bonus points for the most number of words, and the longest word in a round. Points are lost for the cards you didn’t use.

Into round three, I figured like in most other word games, if you wait to make that deliciously clever word, you could well get left behind. I switched tactics, discarded high points letters I couldn’t use. Made simple but long words, and agreed with the others to not allow bonus points for getting lots of silly two or three-letter words.

Quiddler cards are beautiful. The letter graphics in the middle of the cards are apparently inspired by Celtic manuscripts from 500 – 800 AD. Elaborate and very elegant calligraphy, with restrained card design. Lovely game. Wonderful gift!

 

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