Why make a new word game?
Word game people are weirdos. We know it, because we're those happy weirdos. From crosswords and riddles to anagrams, cryptograms and acrostics, we love ‘em all.
Our words can be gentle and lovely or loud and brash – they’re there to be played with, unpicked, battled and scrambled, thrown around, broken down and lost in a jumble. We flip them and wrap them, bend them and roll them, and when it’s time to rest, we sit down and read them.
Educe is our contribution to this funny old world of words. A celebration, a reaction, or just a little distraction… Whatever you like, really. So join in the fun and see where it takes you.
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Get the lowdown on how to begin and start your wordplay today. Choose your desired level and play against one, two, or three players.
“Create words, expand words, steal words and win.”
How it all began
Rod Smith | Psychiatrist, Wordsmith, App maker
Tracing the origins of Educe means going all the way back to the eighties, a time before the Internet. There was no Facebook or Google or Pokemon Go. People still read books in libraries and Duran Duran and Lionel Richie ruled the charts.
Educe inventor and crossword nerd Rod Smith was working as a psychiatrist and battling to stay motivated during a mid career lull. So, together with his pal Garnet Johnson, he began batting around ideas that might break the monotony.
As part of his regional psychiatric practice, Rod was required to spend many hours on the road. It was out on these lonely highways, with only the trucks and utes and Combi vans for company, that the magic finally happened. Staring at number plates all day, Rod began playing with the letters. DRS 002 became Dress, BPY 000 became Bumpy and so it went on. He built words and phrases, and soon he began to ‘see’ all the missing letters he needed.
The highways changed daily but the letters kept rolling off the plates and bouncing along the road beside him: CSG 007 to Crossing, ECT 525 to Electric. Rod imagined stealing words from other players to create more words – Electric turned to Electronic and Crossing became Crisscrossing – and he wondered how he might ‘defend’ his own words from potential word thieves.
Rod dubbed his new creation, Highway Robbery and set about making a card game with his wife Janice. The game was refined and road-tested while the pair were on holiday in the Cook Islands but without a marketing strategy or really a plan of any kind it languished in obscurity. It wasn’t until a New Year's eve dinner, which included good friend Sally Lutter, that focus returned once again to Highway Robbery.
The cards came out, the game was played and the people were happy.
‘You should make an app,’ said Sally.
And just like that, the game was reborn.
So Rod and Janice rallied the troops, climbed technical mountains, and returned from their App-making adventures with Educe in hand.