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.