Basics of Using WordVolcano

When playing word games like Scrabble™ and “Words with Friends” ® you are working with the game board and a list of letters appearing in your “letter tray” or “rack” that have been randomly assigned to you from a “bag” of letter tiles. Unless it is the first play of the game, words must be formed from letters already appearing on the board.

Letters from the letter tray should be entered into the Letter Tray field in the upper left of the app.

WordVolcano with letter tray example Assuming your letter tray contains:GDPOPES, enter these letters in the Letter tray field. The ordering of the letters does not matter.

Then tap the Search button to apply the Letter Tray settings to the word list. In the example there are 65 words found to match the Letter Tray.

The longest words are shown first. On the right the basic point value of the word is shown. Multipliers i.e. “TW”, “DW”, “TL”, “DL” and bonuses like “bingo” are not included in the shown point value. In the example the longest word is ” SOPPED” with a value of 11 points.

For the next play, we might now find our letter tray to contain “GGANEUA”. We enter those letters in the same field we used above, the Letter Tray field.

Let’s try some possible moves. Say we wanted to tie with the letter “S” in SOPPED”. We enter “S” on the “Letters on Board” field, upper right. Then tap “Search”.

WordVolcano Using Letters on Board ExampleNote there are 57 words in the result. There is an “S” in all the resulting words. Sometimes the “S” begins the word, sometimes it is at the end of the word, and other times it is in the middle. This corresponds with the “Any” selection in the switch just below the “Letters on Board” field. If you only want words that begin with “S” select  “Begin”. Or, select “End” in the switch for words that end that way.

The “Letters on Board” field can contain multiple letters i.e. a word fragment. For example we could have entered “UES” in the field. That would have resulted in 3 words including “GANGUES”. Try it!

Since this is the second play we might prefer a word with “S” in the middle so we select “NAUSEA” (not to make you feel bad!). You can check the definition of any word in the list by selecting it on the screen. You must be internet connected as it will take you via Safari to dictionary.reference.com.

WordVolcano Using Definition Lookup ExampleSee  the play below.

WordVolcano Board Example1

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the next move we find we’ve been given “GGODIGW” for our letter tray. Lets try connecting with “P” on the board.

Only 9 words show in the result list. Hmmm, that seems suspicious! We can reassure ourselves by tapping on the “Tap to Exclude” button. The Letter Tray is greyed out but the letters remain. Let’s see if there are more words that begin with “P”. Select “Begin” on the switch. If we tap Search we find there are 15066 words! Well I thought so!

I was really thinking of a 5 letter word that starts with “P”. Use the thumbwheel to limit the word length to 5 letters. Tap Search.

WordVolcano Using Word Limit Example

Yes, there are words in the wordlist but none can be built out of the Word Tray.

Use the “Tap to Include” button,  and the Word Tray will once again be included in the search.

 

 

 

 

One last “Basic”. Sometimes you will be given one or two “blank tiles”. Words can be found with these “blank tiles” where the “blank tiles” are filled in by the player to be any of the valid characters.

Once again WordVolcano™ helps you select words quickly and efficiently!

Assume your word tray has one blank tile and the following letters “GGODIG”. Enter the “blank tile” as a “?”. Enter “GGODIG?”. Clear any letters out of the “Letters on Board” field by tapping on the X or backspacing. Tap Search.

WordVolcano Using Blank TilesIn the results is another field between the word and the points. It starts with “?:”. The letter that follows is the letter used to select the word.

Look back at the board. Based on what was found we could easily tie with the “N” in “NAUSEA” or the “E” in “SOPPED”. Since the points for “PIGGED” are a bit higher let’s go with it (though be careful of the multipliers as other candidate words could be better!).

 

 

WordVolcano Example2

In these examples we may or may not have chosen the best play. That is for you the player to decide. But WordVolcano™ lets you work thru the possibilities very fast! Good Luck!

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