'ORDINARE' RULES
Master Johannes the Black of the Athanor, OL

What follows are rules for a word-game devised to assist with the teaching of Latin. It is rather like the modern game 'Scrabble' in some respects, but is more straight forward as regards scoring. It's name, Ordinare, means 'to set in order'. It is played as follows;

 

Set-up;
The games is played on a grid of 15 X 8 squares, the first vertical column of which is marked with letters as shown below. Also required are tiles marked on one side with letters, in these quantities;

a=15 b=5  c=10 d=5  e=25 f=5  g=5
h=5  i=15 l=10 m=10 n=10 o=10 p=10
q=5  r=15 s=5  t=10 u=10 v=5  x=5  z=5
                                                       
R                            
D                            
I                            
N                            
A                            
R                            
E                            

 

Rules; 
The players (2 to 4) will determine their order by lot, and will each take some 10 tiles from a random face-down assortment (that is, each player will take 10 tiles). They will then proceed in the established order to put their tiles down while following these provisions;

1) The person whose play it is will lay down tiles, no less than one of which is horizontally or vertically aligned with a letter already on the board. In other words, they'll 'play' off of a letter already on the board, although that letter may be used at any point in their word.

2) The word laid down must;

a) Be a valid Latin word;
b) NOT be a proper noun;
c) Consist of at least three letters in all;
d) NOT invalidate words already laid out on the board.

3) At the end of the play,, the player will draw sufficient tiles to bring his total back to 10.

4) Each word formed earns that player 5 points per letter. By adding to an already existing word (their own or someone else's) they also earn full value as if they had lain down the entire word.

5) The game ends when;

a) A player runs out of tiles and there are no more to draw; or
b) A player composes a word which touches the far border.
Any player doing either of the above is allotted an additional 20 points. All players add up their scores and the highest scorer wins.

On the next page is shown a hypothetical game of 'Ordinare'.


Player 1: Move 1 (40 points)

                                                       
R E F E R V E O              
D                            
I                            
N                            
A                            
R                            
E                            

Player 2: Move 1 (30 points)

                                                       
R E F E R V E O              
D                            
I                            
N O S T R A                  
A                            
R                            
E                            

 

 

Player 1: Move 2 (30 points) (70 points total)

                                                       
R E F E R V E O              
D                            
I                            
N O S T R A                  
A   U                        
R   M                        
E                            

Player 2: Move 2 (40 points) (70 points total)

                                                       
R E F E R V E O              
D                            
I                            
N O S T R A                  
A   U                        
R   M E R C E D I S          
E                            

 

 

Player 1: Move 3 (30 points) (100 points total)

                                                       
R E F E R V E O              
D                            
I                            
N O S T R A                  
A   U             E          
R   M E R C E D I S          
E                 T          

Player 2: Move 3 (60+20 points) (150 points total)

                                                       
R E F E R V E O              
D                            
I                            
N O S T R A                  
A   U             E          
R   M E R C E D I S          
E                 T E R G U M

 

Winner = Player 2