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Rewordable is a word game played with a custom deck of 160 cards. On each card is printed either a single letter or a common letter combination. Players arrange these cards to form words of increasing length and complexity. But watch out — opposing players can steal any one of your words if they can extend it by adding one of their own cards. Hang on to that S or ING, though — you might be able to steal it back!

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Print out your own deck of Rewordable cards!

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Setup

Count out the number of cards you need for the number of players you have (60 cards for three players, 72 for four, 80 for five, 84 for six). Set the other cards aside; you won't need them for this game. From the deck that you just created, deal five cards to each player.

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Gameplay

The goal of the game is to have the highest number of letters as part of full words in your lexicon at the end of the game. During the game, each player uses two sets of cards: the five cards in their hand and the set of cards on the table in front of them (called the lexicon). When it is your turn, follow these steps:

  1. You must play one card from your hand face up onto the table in front of you, adding to your lexicon.
  2. If possible, arrange the cards in your lexicon to form a word.
    (Optionally, steal cards from other players' lexicons to help with word formation.)
  3. Draw one card from the deck to replenish your hand.

Word formation

On each turn, you can form one word (if possible) by using cards in your lexicon, by using already formed words in your lexicon, and/or by stealing cards from other players. For example, on one turn you use the LE card from your lexicon and steal the ND card to form the word LE•ND. On a subsequent turn, you play the B card and can use it to form B•LE•ND.

You can form a new words by adding cards to beginning, middle, or end of an existing word. You cannot, however, change the order or break up cards in an existing word. For example, the word the SE card could be added to the word LIN•ED to form LIN|SE|ED. If you drew a G card on the next turn, however, you could not rearrange these cards to form SE•ED•LIN•G. Also, if you later drew the NT card, you could not remove the SE card from LIN•SE•ED to form SE•NT.

Stealing Cards

When you steal card(s) from rival players' lexicons, you must immediately use them to form a word, and you must use one or more cards from your own lexicon when forming the new word. You may steal an unused fragment from your opponent, or a full word, but you must form a full word with the cards that you steal. You may not steal a portion of a word.

Endgame

Play proceeds clockwise until every card has been played. At that time, discard from your lexicon any unused cards, leaving only cards that make up words (including single cards which themselves are words, such as A or BE). Each player counts the number of letters they have on word cards. The player with the most number of letters wins.

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Rewordable was featured in the The Games Bible
(a collection of social and hand-made games).

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Rewordable was developed and designed by Allison Parrish, Adam Simon, and Tim Szetela.