The Final Word

All Games:

Start: Players each draw a card and the closest to “A” goes first. Subsequent play is clockwise.

Hands: Players draw and retain 10 cards for all games until deck is depleted. All words must be a minimum of 3 letters.

Scoring: Cumulative points from all words made unless otherwise noted in specific games.

Challenges: Use an agreed-upon dictionary. If a word is legitimate, challenger loses a turn. If a word is not legitimate, player loses their turn.

No proper names, abbreviations or contractions premitted.

Opt to speed up play by imposing a 2-minute time limit for each turn.


Legal Card Moves: “Moves” are specified per game and must include at least one letter from previous turn. *Splits must include 2 sequential letters in each new word.
Add - place letters before, after, and between letters in the word on the board
Overlay - place letters on top of letters in the word on the board
Give&Take - trade a letter in the word on board for a letter in hand
Split* - splits 1 word into 2 or more as long as at least 1 of the words was changed. Game continues with multiple words in play. Points only apply to new/changed words.
Duplicate - placing the same letter atop letter in the word. In some games, duplicates are not counted in scores.

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Last Man Standing — Moves Permitted:


How to Play: (1-6 players) First player spells out a word from cards in hand. The following player(s) must use the last letter from the word on the board as the first letter of their new word. See example of play below.

This game can be played with or without scoring. In unscored game, the last player able to make a word wins.

Scored games permit players to pass a turn and trade in up to 5 cards (add to the bottom of the deck) if desired. Game ends when cards in deck are depleted and played until either one player uses all their cards or when no player can create a word.

Players receive total point value of each word created. High score wins.

Game Variation: Last letter of previous word played can be used as the first or last letter of the next word created.

For questions or comments, contact: Faye Klein