Decipher is scheduled for production by HeidelBÄR Games late 2019

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Decipher by HeidelBÄR Games

PIECE MY WORD TOGETHER!

In this word deduction game players gain information letter piece by letter piece.

A wordkeeper creates a hard to crack word, and gives one letter piece to each wordseeker. The wordseekers try to solve the word puzzle by discovering which letter pieces belong in which sections.

But the wordseeker’s guesses are limited to two.

Win by creating hard to crack words as the wordkeeper, and by solving those secret words as the wordseeker.

box back prototype

box back prototype

5 letter game board

5 letter game board

6 letter game board

6 letter game board

scoresheet

scoresheet


Letter Piece Game Logo.png

Decipher and Wordsmith are the first products in the Letter Piece Games line. The concept is simple - you can create letters and words from four types of letter pieces. After you make a few letters, you can play any Letter Piece Game!

Designer's Diary - Origins of the Letter Piece Games

Runes box cover 1981 - Eon Products Inc

Runes box cover 1981 - Eon Products Inc

Selected: Games 100 "Best Games -word games" 1982 Games Magazine

Runes box back

Runes box back

Buzzle - German variant 1995

Buzzle - German variant 1995

Nominated: Game of the Year Germany 1995

Decipher and Wordsmith’s unique 4 letter piece system was first seen in Runes, a different kind of word game designed by Future Pastimes and published by Eon Products in 1981. The original design team of Bill Eberle, Jack Kittredge, and Peter Olotka figured out how to deconstruct every letter of the alphabet into 4 pieces, and crafted a game system around this idea.

The current Future Pastimes team of Bill, Peter, and Greg brought the original idea back to life, and pitched it to HeidelBÄR Games. HeidelBÄR liked it enough to create two completely different games from the 4 letter piece system, and the line of Letter Piece Games was born.

Runes game board

Runes game board

note - letter pieces were all one color…

note - letter pieces were all one color…

…but the concept was the same

…but the concept was the same


Gaming Media Coverage

W. Eric Martin of Boardgame Geek and Heiko Eller-Bilz discuss Wordsmith

W. Eric Martin of Boardgame Geek interviews Heiko Eller-Bilz about HeidelBÄR Games