WIAW - Words in a Word

This site is under renovation. I am porting the games to run under discord. The game is currently in beta test.

To play join https://discord.gg/hn5wZbu3z3 and join #wiaw


Words In A Word (WIAW) is based on the Finders Keepers game originaly hosted on Talk City. Your job, in two minutes or less, is to find words within a randomly selected word. The words you find must be at least 3 letters long. The game is hosted by a bot named Alphabot 24 hours a day. Language is not restricted, so you may encounter some harsh language at times. However, players are asked to be courteous to one another.

AlphaBot begins the game by presenting a randomly selected word that is at least 10 letters long, for example, "REFERENCES". Your job is to find new words using the letters of the word provided by AlphaBot. Use the letters in any order, but only as often as they appear. For example, "REFEREE" and "FENCES" are valid words, but "SENSE" is not because there is only one "S" available.

The longer the word you find, the more points you will receive. Each round lasts two minutes. The player that has the most points after five rounds wins the game!

Valid words are those found in the bot's dictionary. How do you know what words are in the dictionary? Watch for AlphaBot's word lists at the end of each round.

If you think that another player entered an invalid word, you may challenge that word. If the challenged word is not in AlphaBot's word list, then you will earn that word's points and the player that entered the original word will lose double the word's points. But if the word was in the dictionary, then you will lose points and the player you challenged gets bonus points!

How To Play

Throughout the game, AlphaBot will tell you what you need to do. If you watch for his messages, then you will be able to play fine. In general, you will be sending answers to the bot through private/direct messages. The following is a short game transcript:

Players using multiple accounts or signons to cheat are not appreciated. acrobot logs votes and this makes it easier to identify cheaters. If you are caught cheating, you will be banned from the game indefinitely.

In this short segment, players post their answers and the bot responds. The bot displays the results to the channel. The points are added like this:

  1. You receive one point for each letter in your word, so longer words will earn you more points.
  2. Only the first person to enter a word gets points for that word
  3. If you successfully challenge a word entered by another player, you earn the word's points and the player that entered the invalid word loses the point value for that word.
  4. If you unsuccessfully challenge a word entered by another player, you lose that word's point value. The player that entered the original word gets the point value for that word again.

Game Bot Commands

The commands that acrobot recognizes are listed below. These commands may be stated publicly on the channel or in a direct message for the 'show' commands.