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Naphier
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Posted: 6th Sep 2013 16:28 Edited at: 6th Sep 2013 16:42
Hi everyone! We're excited to finally be able to release info on our next game, Wordspionage. It still has a little ways to go, but should be available this fall.





Wordspionage is a spy-themed take on the classic crossword game.
Play against up to 3 other friends.
Control the time limit, guess limit, and multiplier placement for each game.
Use Special Operations to gain advantages over your opponents.
Some Spec Ops are:
Surveillance - spy on one of your opponent's tiles.
Flash Bomb - blind your opponent so they can no longer see where the multipliers are placed on the board.
Double Agent - steal half of the score of an opponent's last played word and add it to your score.

Please follow us on Twitter and Facebook to hear more about the game. There are 7 Spec Ops in all plus other opportunities to score points in interesting ways.

Wordspionage Facebook Page
Wordspionage Twitter feed

The game will be released on Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android.

We plan to make more games like this where we use classic board games as a basis, but enhance the game to make it more appealing for people who like to play video games in an attempt to break the barrier between board games and video games.

Thanks for your support!

baxslash
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Posted: 6th Sep 2013 16:47
Sounds like an interesting take on Scrabble. Nice work

"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler."
Ancient Lady
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Posted: 6th Sep 2013 18:08
Looks good. I can see playing it while RV traveling.

Cheers,
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Naphier
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Posted: 7th Sep 2013 00:58
Thanks. Hope to get the rest of it done real soon!

xGEKKOx
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Posted: 12th Sep 2013 01:39
Nice design Naphier!!

Long life to Steve!
RickV
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Posted: 13th Sep 2013 13:23
Looks great!

Just hope the Scrabble copyright owners don't close it down. You are riding close to the line with this one.

Rick

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Naphier
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Posted: 13th Sep 2013 15:30
Thanks everyone!

Rick - We've been careful not to infringe on any copyrighted material or trademarks. There are at least a dozen direct Scrabble clones on the market and our game varies from the basic Scrabble game in many ways. This game copies only the basic idea of the classic crossword game and tries to vary any visual elements as much as possible.

RickV
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Posted: 14th Sep 2013 16:22
Hi Naphier, well good luck to you. I hope the lawyers don't come chasing you. Games have been removed from app stores for lesser issues.

When we made Goals we were very careful about the text we used, team and player names.

Please post links when you go live, I'll mention the app across our social threads.

Rick

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Naphier
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Posted: 4th Oct 2013 21:05
Here's a link to our first mini-teaser video.
It shows the Special Operation Misdirection.

Misdirection

We've been putting a few images up on Facebook, please like Wordspionage on Facebook to see more!

easter bunny
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Posted: 31st Oct 2013 04:48
Looks good!
I doubt your app will have any trouble on Google Play unless it gets big, but you may have trouble getting past the App Store review.

Anyway, Good Luck!


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Posted: 31st Oct 2013 07:35
usefull!thanks

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Posted: 31st Oct 2013 12:19
Spam?


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Naphier
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Posted: 31st Oct 2013 15:20
weird spam...anyway...
I'd like to address the elephant in the room as easter bunny is the third person to raise the concern of IP infringement. I really appreciate the support from you guys. I'm going to talk a minute about what copyright is (in relation to games) and what steps we've taken to insure that Wordspionage does not infringe on others' intellectual property.

First, when we had this idea a couple of years ago we spent a lot of time wondering: "How can so many versions of Scrabble exist?" So we did a bit of research and I'd like to point you all to the US Copyright Office website's description of Copyright registration of Games. It clearly states that the idea, title, and method for playing a game does not fall under copyright law. Of course the title of a game can be protected under trademark as has been exhibited in recent cases against apps using "With Friends" (Bangs With Friends) in their title and an older case of Scrabulous (now Lexulous) vs Hasbro/Mattel. In the case of Scrabulous it was indeed a direct copy of Scrabble including board layout, number of letters, rules (and their reference to Scrabble rules), as well as the closely related name. However with a name change and a couple of minor modifications Scrabulous quickly came back as Lexulous.

Next we examined any patents in relation to Scrabble to insure we're not infringing on those. There is an expired patent on Scrabble which expired in the 1970s which was not on the game itself, but for a device on the board that allowed you to see multipliers (more info here). That is all.

Finally we took the time to discuss all of this with a lawyer who deals with IP law and we were assured we should have no problems as the method for playing a game is not protected under copyright or patent laws.

Also, Wordspionage differs in a number of key elements:
1) Not only does our board include quadruple letter and quadruple word multipliers, but the layout of the multipliers can be done in 2 ways - random or standard. The standard board layout is unique to Wordspionage.
2) We have incorporated special moves into the game called "Spec Ops" these allow you to spy on your opponent's tiles, obtain a blank tile (the blank tile is not naturally in the tile bag like similar games), scramble the remaining multipliers on the board, exchange a tile from your hand with an opponent's highest scoring tile, make all of the multipliers on the board invisible and unusable by opponents for 1 turn, deduct half of the score of an opponent's last word, and deduct half of your opponent's last word score and add the score to your own.
3) Playing Spec Ops requires the use of WS$ which are obtained by spinning bonus wheels when you play a word that uses all tiles in your hand or one of the 3 "Mission Words" randomly assigned to the game, when you wni a game, or they are available for purchase through the store.
4) You are awarded skill points whenever you win a game which determines your level (Recruit, Level 1 Operative, Special Agent, etc.). This allows you to be matched with players of similar standing.
5) We also have a number of subtle variations in the game rules that are unique to Wordspionage (rules).

Even without all of these differences (which are the main reason we even wanted to develop a game like this) a game that is like Scrabble or Words With Friends is completely fair game. This can be seen by the number of similar games on the App Store and Google Play. For example:
iOS:
Scrabble, Words With Friends (near exact clone of Scrabble before any affiliation with EA or Hasbro), Wordfeud (scrabble with some different languages), Abble Dabble ,Words With Pirates (not sure why Words With Friends hasn't attacked them for trademark infringement yet), Luxulous, Smart Words VIP, Sky Words (some pretty cool differences here), Words by Post... the list goes on.
Google Play:
Scrabble, Words With Friends, Wordfeud, Classic Words Solo/Plus, Cross Craze, Angry Words, My Word Game, Words by Post, Happy Words, Word Pirates, Android Word Hero, Words With Android... the list goes on.
I could also mention the many popular web-based crossword games, but that list is also very extensive. There are also a number of board games that are nearly identical to Scrabble (and now the Words With Friends board game).

Most of these games sadly copy Scrabble rules and board layout to the T or with very minute changes. They make little or no effort to be substantially different as we have. Not only should we have no issues with submission to the App Store or Google Play, there is no legal ground with which they can deny us and there is no legal ground for the most popular word games (Scrabble and Words With Friends) to attack us with.

We truly do appreciate your support and that you are sharing your concerns with us as, in the beginning, these concerns were our own. We truly hope that Wordspionage differs from the classic crossword games in such a substantial way that it will not only entertain people who enjoy the classic word game, but it will make the game more appealing for those who think that the original method of playing this type of game was just boring.

Thank you for your feedback! Please check us out at facebook.com/wordspionage where you can see some of the videos and images of the Spec Ops moves. We hope to release the game by mid to late November.
Cheers!

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