So far we’ve featured a number of great games in our “Thrift Treasure” series that may still be found for sale at the retail level. Today it is a little bit different in that this one is out of print and seems to only be regularly available on eBay. Originally sold via the in-home party company, Discovery Toys, Stellar Speller is another find-a-word offering with unique packaging that makes it also a great travel game.
There isn’t much to the game meaning less to lose! A scorepad and special dice/roller/whateveryouwanttocallit is intriguing and should help prevent losing any of the dice. Rather than trying to explain how to roll the dice, here’s a quick 6-second video demonstration:
Pretty neat contraption, eh? Before the game begins, everyone agrees on how to ‘time’ a round. Set the microwave or stopwatch (not included) or simply have someone yell “STOP” when they get to eight words. Rushing to get your list complete is a nice strategy to shut others out of completing their lists.
Once either time is up or one player has their sheet full it is time to score your finds. Three-letter words are the minimum (worth 1 point), 4-letter words are worth two, etc. Highest score wins the round. You can either play by number of rounds won or keep a running total to tally a final score.
Because of the fewer letters (only 7 dice) and the possibility of duplicates, it really makes you stop and consider all of the word possibilities. It isn’t as face-paced as Boggle/etc since there are fewer letters to work with.
Stellar Speller probably won’t be a go-to game for us on family game night since we have other great ones to choose from (see Ambiguity), but thanks to its size will be a good one to carry with us on the airplane or car trip! Oh, and what did we pay for this ‘treasure’? Only 88 cents!