You are an intrepid researcher, unearthing words man was not meant to spell…
So begins Unspeakable Words, an incredibly unusual party game designed by James Ernest and Mike Selinker. This game was already gaining steam when it was picked up for use in the second season of Wil Wheaton’s web series Tabletop. Now publisher Playroom Entertainment is running a Kickstarter to finance a “deluxe” edition, with cool new multi-colored pawns and special artwork by none other than John Kovalic.
According to the Kickstarter page:
In the game, you and your opponents will attempt to form words from the letter cards in your hand. Each letter is worth points – the amount of points is determined by the number of angles in the letter (where the hounds of Tindalos are lurking!). You may try to make the highest scoring word possible, but… you’ll have to test the strength of the word against a roll of the 20-sided die. Roll equal to or higher than the value of your word and you’re safe… but roll less than the value of your word and you lose a precious piece of your sanity, represented by an adorable Cthulhu pawn!
For owners of the current version, the Kickstarter notes that the deluxe edition doesn’t completely replace the base edition. Instead, the base edition can be combined with the deluxe edition to create a super edition of unspeakable proportions.