Foil – A Challenging Game of Words and Wits


A Challenging Game of Words and Wits

3M Company – 1967 – 2-4 Players

Foil is a word game. Players are dealt cards, each of which has a letter on it. Without showing their cards to the other players each player attempts to form their cards into as many words as possible. Each player, in turn, draws additional cards and discards cards until one player is able to form all of the cards in their hand into words. The players then scramble the cards they were able to use and place them in their racks. The players then have five minutes to determine what words the other players have formed. The players score points for forming words, for determining what the other player’s words are and for forming additional words from the other player’s cards that the other players missed. After three rounds the player with the highest score is the winner.

This is another game which sounds easy until you try to do it with the timer running. During the first part of the round when cards are being drawn it is easy to get too focused on trying to form one particular word and miss several others. It is amazing how many words that other players will come up with that you missed. An interesting word game.

(There is also a gamette version of this game.)

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