Wordsmith is scheduled for production by HeidelBÄR Games Q3 2019

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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!

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Wordsmith by HeidelBÄR Games

PIECE THE WORD TOGETHER!

Wordsmith is all about discovering words, but instead of whole letters, you just have letter pieces in four different shapes. This brain tickling game for 1 to 4 players is a fast-paced, real-time word building frenzy!

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All players create words simultaneously from their letter pieces.  Each word can only be made and scored once, so a thrilling challenge of word discovery begins.


Which words will you discover in your letter pieces? Longer words earn you more points, but you also want to make all six words before the round is over.
And of course there is a twist: Although you can discard letter pieces to make a word, you get bonus points when you can limit the number of pieces you have to discard.

The idea for this “Letter Piece Game” comes from game designers Bill Eberle, Jack Kittredge, Greg Olotka, and Peter Olotka, whose credits include Comic Encounter, Dune, Hoax and more.

The game provides a single player mode as well as special rules for advanced players.

Wordsmith includes semitransparent plastic letter pieces that are playful and easy to manipulate. A special plastic insert turns the game box into a game component. You get your letter pieces from the insert as part of game play and everyone also has their own corner of the insert to roll their dice in.

Wordsmith letter pieces, game tray, and scoresheets

Wordsmith letter pieces, game tray, and scoresheets

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Designer's Diary - Origins of the Letter Piece Games

Runes box cover 1981 - Eon Products Inc   Selected: Games 100 "Best Games -word games" 1982 Games Magazine

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   Nominated: Game of the Year Germany 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