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December 21st, 2001
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New York again
Off to visit family in Maryland soon, which will have me driving through New York. Hopefully, this will be a little less exciting than my last New York visit.

I'm looking forward to being able to play some Twisted Jotto on the car ride down. Kit and I have been playing a bunch over email from work, and mattlistener and I have started up an email game as well. Kit was frustrated with the game at first, but she feels a lot more comfortable with it now, and also likes being able to have the time delay of email, so it doesn't feel like there's a lot of pressure to come up with something quickly.

While I'm thinking about it, I'll just post here that I'm planning on making my next Boggle Night a Word Game Night (thanks to cthulhia for the idea). I'll have Boggle, Scrabble, Probe, Quickwords, Up For Grabs, Quiddler, and then I'm going to try to collect a bunch of rules for paper-and-pencil word games (like Jotto) that people can play as well. If anyone reading this wants to come, just drop me a line. And if anyone has a word game to suggest, let me know.

Okay, time to get a bit more work done before taking off.

I really need to get a fe more LJ pictures.

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From:rosefox
Date:January 9th, 2002 06:49 am (UTC)
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Jotto. Wow. My parents fell in love playing Jotto. They printed up sheets with the alphabet at the top, just for that game. I haven't even thought of it in years.

What's Twisted Jotto?

Oh, and for car trips, try Ghost--no pencil or paper required, so the driver can play too.
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From:queue
Date:January 9th, 2002 01:26 pm (UTC)
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I wonder if anyone else will see this post. Heh.

Twisted Jotto (I started out calling it Kevin's Twisted Jotto, but I think I like Twisted Jotto better) is a variant on Jotto that I came up with, although I'm sure other people must have come up with this same variant on their own. You are only allowed to make guesses that could possibly be the word. Basically, you just run a check on all your previous guesses to make sure that your current guess would result in those same values for your previous guesses.

An example. My first guess is "black" (a favorite first guess back when I was playing normal Jotto. "sport" used to be a favorite guess back in high school, when I made my brother and sister play it with me in the car on drives back from my dad's to keep me awake while driving (no paper!)), and it gets a 1. If I tried to guess "block", it would be illegal, since, if "block" were the word, "black" would have gotten a score of 4. So, my next guess has to have exactly one of the letters in "black." So, I could guess "boots". And so on. As you go on, it can take quite a while to come up with a guess. I think I'd like to try to be able to play this game without paper, but it would require quite a bit of concentration and quiet. Kit, who I first introduced the game to, would play with me, but would get frustrated at how long it took her to come up with a word, especially when I was coming up with my guesses so quickly. Now we play on email at work, and it works really well. There's no pressure to do it quickly, and it's a nice break from work. We almost always have a game going on, as do matt_listener and I from my home email. If you're interested in starting up an email game, just let me know.

I had to look up Ghost, but, yes, I've played that. When I looked it up, the page I found here has a couple of variants that sound fun. One is where you can add letters to the beginning or the end. And another is one where you can add letters anywhere in the word. Pretty funky.

Oh, speaking of printed up sheets for Jotto, did you know that there is an actual published game for Jotto? I haven't seen it in a while, but it comes with preprinted sheets and stuff. I was actually just thinking the other day about getting a whiteboard or some other easily erasable thing with the alphabet printed on it, since Twisted Jotto usually has me trying out different theories of which letters it could be, so I am always writing out multiple alphabets for one game. Actually, I have some plastic 8 1/2 x 11 sheet protector things that I was using for Battletech, and I was using dry erase markers on them. I could just print out an alphabet ona regular sheet of paper and stick it in there. It would be really cool to have a mini dry erase board, though, with an alphabet printed on it and enough room for figgerin'.

Okay, this post has gone on long enough, and I really need to get out word game night invites.
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From:rosefox
Date:January 10th, 2002 12:49 am (UTC)
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Nice hands!

Twisted Jotto sounds way neat, and yes, very suited to PBEM. I'd love to start a game with you, if you wouldn't mind--use rose@callahans.org for my email address.

I've only ever played classic Ghost. My brother wasn't much of a wordsmith until very recently (late bloomer, but he did finally come into his verbal inheritance), so we toned it down a bit for him. I miss having people to play word games with. *sigh* Perhaps I'll start a regular wordgame night here, since I can't really make it to yours. *)

Dry erase boards are cool.
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