UPWORDS Group meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays.
Sorry, but the Group is FULL at the present time but here is an explanation of what we do.
UPWORDS – or how to think in 3-D!
Do you remember those word games we used to see in children's comics where you had to change, say, SPEAR into FLECK in six moves changing one letter at a time? Or have you ever played Scrabble (us older ones may also remember a card game called Lexicon)? Well, take those two pastimes, perform a marriage ceremony, and you have Upwords.
On alternate Thursdays, in a peaceful sitting room in Waverley, a small group meets. We consider ourselves enthusiasts; some might think us clever dickies, some might believe we are decidedly kinky, but if you meet us in Costcutters, you would find us quite normal! At least, that our belief!
Upwords at a quick glance looks like Scrabble, but a longer look would show the trick of changing one or more letters each turn to make a new word using the skeleton of the old. The trick, however, is that the letters are changed by adding the new tile upwards, hence the name of the game. In all other respects, the rules follow that of most board games – up to four players per board, taking it in turns to play, with cumulative scoring by counting a point for each of the letters in the new word, or where linking words are also altered, they are also scored. Each player starts off with seven tiles (picked at random) and replaces these from the 'bag' to keep a stock of seven.
At the end of the game the board resembles a relief map of the Himalayas with sundry mountains of tiles where an original word has been altered a number of times. As is normal, the game ends when the 'bag' is empty and one player has used up all their tiles.
That all sounds quite civilised, doesn't it? Don't you believe it! There are those, I mention no names, but of course I am not one, who try to invent a new word or find one only used in Outer Mongolia. Thank goodness for the Oxford English Dictionary without which no game should be allowed to start. And then there are some who deliberately try to spoil the chances of the next player – nasty spiteful people!
But we all have an excellent afternoon, tea, coffee & bikkies added in. We are not really nerds.
On the first meeting of the month some members play Rummikub while the rest play Upwords.
Rummikub is played with tiles similar to Upwords except the tiles have numbers on them instead of letters and they are in four different colours.
You choose 14 tiles from the bag and continue to pick up a tile in turn until you can lay down an “initial meld” which scores 30 points. Once you have made the initial meld, you can, on each turn, play one or more tiles from your rack, making or adding to groups and/or runs. If you cannot play any tiles, you must pick one random tile from the pool and add it to your rack.
The winner is the first player to play all his or her tiles.
It is a great game to play and it keeps the grey matter working.