This year Qwirkle is celebrating its 10th Anniversary, so big CONGRATS to MindWare and Susan McKinley Ross! In honor of the milestone they’re releasing a 10th Anniversary Edition which includes four tile racks, a Qwirkle score pad, and pencil. Those last two are no big deal, but having the tile racks is rather nice, and they’ve included a note from Susan along with some fun tidbits about the game in the instructions.
Overall, I’d say that this 10 year anniversary is a reminder that if you haven’t played Qwirkle you should. It won the Spiel des Jahres in 2011, has sold over 2 million copies, it’s in 40 countries, and has several spin-off games. It’s an elegant blend of Scrabble’s tile placement with a bit of Rummikub in that you are either placing things that are the same shape or the same color. It’s playable for ages 6 and up and you don’t need a giant vocabulary or anything to play, so it’s very family friendly.
Interview with the Inventor
I asked Susan how she’s going to celebrate Qwirkle’s anniversary and here’s what she had to say:
More about Susan
If you want to read more about Susan, there’s a wonderful interview of Susan HERE on the T&GCon Blog. Here’s a excerpt:
What was the inspiration for your award-winning game, Qwirkle?
“Two of my friends are excellent Scrabble players. I was watching them play and I realized that my favorite part of Scrabble is when you make two words at once.
A few days later I had a dream where I saw something similar to a finished game of Qwirkle. I got up and made the first Qwirkle prototype that morning. Qwirkle changed from that first version, but it really was inspired by what I saw in my dream.”
Qwirkle 10th Anniversary Limited Edition Stats
~ $30 MindWare.com, and some local game retailers
~30 minutes (could be longer depending on decision-making time)
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