Version Date: February 7, 2014
In the Axe-a-Word game, players create as many words as they can by
combining vowels and consonants in accordance with the rules.
Axe-a-Word can be played solitaire, but two players are optimal. Up to
four players can enjoy the game.
Rules of Play
1. Each vowel (A, E, I, O, U and occasionally Y) may be used repeatedly
during a game, but each vowel can appear in a word only once. Examples:
TINDER, MEAT, AXE=ok, TEEM, COMPLETE=not ok (each vowel can be used
only once in a word).
2. All players share a list of consonants. Each consonant (the
remaining non-vowel letters) can appear only
once in a word and once during the entire game. Examples: EXAM,
COMPUTER, FIND=ok (assuming those consonants have not yet been used);
CONSTRUCT, POP, STRESS, PRETTY, LILLY=not ok because a consonant is
used more than once.
3. Each word created is valued at one point per letter, regardless of
the number of consonants or vowels.
4. Players alternate with each other. One makes a word, crosses off the
consonants used to make it, and records the points scored on the word.
Then the next player makes a word, and so on.
5. If a player cannot make a word, he can pass to the next player.
6. The game ends when all the consonants have been used or when no
player can make another word.
7. A standard college dictionary serves as the word judge for spelling.
8. Because Y is a squirrely letter, sometimes a vowel and sometimes a
consonant, it can be crossed off as a consonant usage even when
functioning as a vowel (as in SKY, WHY). At the same time, it can be
used repeatedly as a vowel when that is its function in the word.
The first player forms a word and writes it on the score sheet,
totaling points for it. Then the player crosses off all the consonants
used to form the word. Then the next player forms a word, using the
remaining consonants available. Play continues until all the consonants
Handy Score Sheet
sheet is available for use. Make a few
copies and with a pen or pencil, you'll have a great, complete game for
car trips, waiting rooms, classroom exercises, and break times. The
score sheet requires Acrobat Reader or any pdf reading software.
Instructions are printed at the bottom, so you have a one-page, all
includise game (with two score sheets per page!).
Option A. Roll one die and multiply the result of the die roll by four.
The first word formed must
begin with the letter of the alphabet corresponding to the number of
the multiplied answer. For example, if a 4 was rolled, the first
word formed must begin with the 16th letter of the alphabet, which is
P. The unmultiplied number of the die roll (4 in our example) is the
number of words following the starter word that must begin with the
next seqential letter of the alphabet. In our example, where a four was
rolled and the first word formed must begin with an P, the next four
words must begin with Q, R, S, and T in that order. Another example:
Die roll is a 3. The first four opening game words must begin with M (3
times 4 is the 12th letter), N, O, and P.
Option B. Words must be formed in alphabetical order. So whatever the
initial letter of the first word formed, subseqent words must begin
with the next letter in te alphabet.
Option C. Same as option B but reverse alphabetical order.
Option D. Name a minimum number of letters to form a word (4, 5, 6
Option E. Name an exact number of letters that each word must have. For
example, only 5-letter words are permitted.
Option F. Each player has an independent list of consonants and
must form words using letters from that list. Consonants used by the
other player(s) do not affect the letters available to another player.
B C D F G H J K L M N P Q R S T V W X Y Z
|P, L, C
|5 word, 5 total
|B D F G H J K M N Q
R S T V W X Y Z
|R, S, N, T
|6 word, 11 total
|B D F G H J K M Q V
W X Y Z
|5 word, 16 total
|B D F G H J M Q W X Y Z
|J, D, G
|5 word, 21 total
|B F H M Q W X Y Z
|4 word, 25 total
|B F H M W X Y
|W, X, Y
|4 word, 29 total
|B F H M
|4 word, 32 total
|4 word, 36 total
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