What is Xoom Cubes?
XOOM CUBES is a thousand word games in one! Never-ending challenges stacked upon never-ending fun stacked upon never-ending challenges. (It’s a vicious cycle.) You can play by our rules or create your own. You never liked rules much anyways, did you?
We’ll provide you with the basics, and even a few challenges to get you started, and you can take it from there!
Claim your color quickly!
- Each player chooses a different color of dice.
- The shortest player in the game will initiate each challenge by shouting “XOOM!”
- The first player to complete the challenge and grab the flag wins the round. Time is of the essence!
- You’re racing against your friends to prove your spelling superiority.
- In some challenges a timer is in play to amp up the pressure.
- You only have 10 rounds to XOOM to glory.
As mentioned above, the shortest player in the game will initiate each round by shouting, “XOOM!” At this point, each player tosses their dice and races to organize their letters into words that will complete the challenge at hand.
Some players may experience “first roll side effects” such as; bad luck, brain cramps or lack of letter variety. Can I buy a vowel?! It’s cool, no worries. You can reroll as many times (and as many dice) as you want. It’s all fair game until someone snags the flag!
What’s this? You rolled some sort of robot Egyptian hieroglyph? Don’t panic. Ancient Egyptian robots from another dimension are not sending you secret messages in your XOOM CUBES. These little guys are the CUBE HEADS. They are wilds. CUBE HEADS can be used in place of any letter. Use them wisely.
When the flag has been snatched and the round is at an end, victory is not yet achieved. The group will then spellcheck the flag-bearer’s word/words to confirm accuracy. Are there 2 S’s in “HISS” or 3? If the spelling is correct, the flag-bearer wins the round!
Letter Races are challenges where players must spell a word/words using a specific number of letters or cubes.
For example: Spell a five-letter word, six-letter word, etc.
Variations may include spelling a specific word, or combination of words, with a set number of dice. (Use only 12 dice, 11 dice, etc.) Or creating crossword patterns
that use all fourteen dice.
Set the clock (not included)! Choose an interval of time, generally 30 seconds, and spell as many words as you possibly can within the time limit. If a player uses all his/her dice before the clock runs out, they can snatch the flag to end time early!
Variation on Timed Games may include Longest Word Challenge; where the player with the longest completed word at the sound of the buzzer wins.
Or possibly a No Rerolls rule. As a group, decide beforehand whether rerolls will be allowed within particular Timed Games.
Building crossword patterns also applies to Timed Games.
And now we’ve gone colorblind! Potluck Challenges disregard your color set and the flag entirely! At the “XOOM!” players toss all dice into the center, but don’t admire the clashing of the rainbow alphabet too long, the object is to pull out as many words as possible, using any letter on the table.
But wait, players can only take an entire word at a time from the center. No hoarding vowels! You know who you are. If another player steals a letter right out from under you, and that letter completes your word, you can no longer take that word. YOU MUST REMOVE ALL LETTERS OF YOUR CHOSEN WORD AT THE SAME TIME! No halfsies.
Players continue to create words until all the dice are gone or until there are no words left available that could possibly be conceived by the tongues of men.
The player with the highest dice total at the end of the round wins!
Potluck is a great opportunity to introduce THEMES.
Example for THEMES: If you are playing at a book club event; use characters from the book. Or, if this is an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party, use only Christmas words.
THEMES can be used in any round as well as Potluck.
This one is easy. Spell the name of someone at the table. Be careful not to spell your friend’s name incorrectly! No, there is not a silent K in Shawn.
Name Game is not limited to people at the table. Feel free to throw out any random names/themes you’d like. The more difficult to spell, the better!
BUT WHAT IF…?
Oh, the buts… They are always there, lurking in the “exception-to-the-rule” shadows. For general word game challenges (not a Theme or a Name Game) proper nouns are NOT allowed. If you are playing a Theme or Name Game challenge, well, then it’s a Proper Noun Pallooza!
Any other disputes can be settled by a vote from the group, or an arm-wrestle, or by the first person to recite the alphabet backwards. Z..Y..X… ? Let’s just vote on it!
Now you have some basic challenges, let’s get this party started.