Formal Ferret Games will be releasing Wordsy, the new board game from designer Gil Hova (known for The Networks), in June 2018. Wordsy is a streamlined, reimplementation of Prolix, a word game from 2010. Wordsy is for 1-6 players, aged 10+, and plays in about 20 minutes.
Each round, players study the 8 consonants on the board in real time until a player writes down a word using as many of the consonants on the board as possible, then flips over a 30-second timer. Every other player now has 30 seconds to write down their word. Once the 30 seconds are up the fastest player (who flipped over the timer) scores their word by counting the point value of each of the letters on the board.
Players can add any letters to their word and are not limited to those on the board. Letters score based on which of the 4 columns of the board they’re in, and how rare they are. The fastest player scores first, and is then followed by the other players who scores a small bonus if they score higher than the fastest player. The fastest player scores a bonus if their score is equal to or higher than half the other player’s scores. Players do this for 7 rounds then score their 5 best words and add their bonuses. The player with the most points wins.