FUN. FrANTiC. AcTiON... Along with ORaNGeS, BaCoN and BeEr, these words are among nearly 10,000 that you can create using symbols from the Periodic Table... And no, you don’t have to be a geek to find them!
Start with any EIGHT tiles from the bag. Put them face up in the matching spaces on the board. The Atomic Numbers on the tiles should help everyone find the right places quickly. When the eight tiles are on the board and everyone’s ready, start the 45-second timer. Looking ONLY at those tiles, create as many words as you can. There’s no turn taking – everyone writes words at the same time. You MUST use symbols as they appear… You can’t separate letters that are together on a tile, or change their order. So if the Ba and N tiles were on the board then you could play BaN. You couldn’t play NaB, though, because the a and the B would be the wrong way round. Don’t worry if there aren’t many words during the first few rounds – that’s usually the case!
Each word must use at least TWO tiles… So you can’t have the words I, No, Be or Am on their own, for example.
When time’s up, read out your words. Everyone else can either accept a word or, if they don’t think it’s real, challenge it… When that happens, you must look it up online or in a dictionary. The Atomic Number on each tile represents the score for its use. Players must NOT duplicate your words for the whole game UNLESS they make the same word using different tiles. When you finish reading your list, the person to your left reads out theirs. Carry on like this until everyone has a score. Update scores after every round – the WINNER is the first to reach 1000 points. After round one, the player to your left chooses just FOUR tiles from the bag, without looking. Put them face up on the board as before. Play and scoring carries on in this way for the rest of the game.
Suitable for age 8+, solo play, couples, pairs or teams, FReNeTiC combines challenging game play with luck, skill and strategy.