So, I'm playing a Jotto game with magid. She sent her last guess over email, and she told me what the score for my last word was. "whips" had 4, and "ships" had 3. So, for some reason, I was thinking that the four letters had to be "spiw". I'm not sure why, other than tiredness, I thought that, since there are three other letter combinations it could have been. So, anyway, that was the real part. And I spent some time trying to come up with a word it could be before going to sleep. However, with the letters I had left, I couldn't find any.
So, in the dream, it was hrafn I was playing Jotto with, and these were the four letters it came down to. I just couldn't think of the word. I made another guess, and then hrafn said something like, "Now this is where the 80% comes in." Basically, she meant there was some ambiguity in the scoring. I got upset, telling her that you couldn't play that way, that you had to be able to determine the score from the guess. She kept saying, "It's a word you know." Finally, she agreed to tell me the word. But she told me as she showed me what it was. She had made this milky white dessert in a saucepan. And just as she showed me the dessert, she told me the word was "pwism". "Like jism," she said, "only it's a dessert." Yes, it was a dessert that looked like semen. It was sweet, but, still, it looked like semen. I told her there was no way I would eat a dessert that looked like that, I didn't care what it tasted like. Then I found out how she had done the scoring. If the guess had an "y" in it, then she would score the "i". If it didn't, then she wouldn't score the "i". So, basically, for the "i" to score, the word had to have both an "i" and a "y" in it.
I had at least two other dreams last night, both of them fairly disturbing. So, I was lying in bed awake this morning, having woken up from my latest dream at 5:40. I was thinking about my jotto game, since I was thinking about my Jotto dream. It occurred to me that I didn't know that it was "spiw". It could just as easily be any of "whip", "whis", and "whps". I eliminated "whps", since, without an "i", there couldn't be another vowel. And I eliminated "whip", since I couldn't think of any words it could be with the letters that were left. So, that left "whis". I finally hit on the fact that it was probably "whi_s". Them I realized that that combination still left me "plump" with a score of 1 to deal with. I knew it couldn't be the "u" or the "l", so that left the "m". So, I got a word that works: "whims". I'm thinking that it's the word, but we'll see.
Of course, the dream leads to a very bizarre variation of Jotto. So, not only do you have a secret word, but you have a secret rule for how you are scoring guesses. Sort of a combination between Jotto and Zendo. That's pretty fucked up. Seriously. Of course, to make it playable at all, you'd probably have to restrict the rules to a certain class, like only rules like I had in my dream: "only score a if the word also has b". Or something like that. Hmm, I might have to think about this soem more. Anyone willing to try out a playtest of it? Of course, maybe I should try it out with the computer first. It would be easy enough to change its scoring algorithm to accomodate the rule thing. Hmm.