Roget's Tree icon Roget's Tree: Quick Intro

At the start of a game seven or more letters, randomly chosen from the letter pool, are placed in the center column of the board, forming the trunk of the tree. During the game you form branches.

Click your mouse's left button when positioned over a tile to pick it up; the cursor will change to the letter on the tile. Click your mouse's left button when positioned over a blank square to drop a tile; the cursor will change to the default arrow cursor.

You do NOT have to hold the left mouse button down to drag a tile: just click to pick a tile up and click to put a tile down.


The letter pool is composed of 100 tiles -- 98 tiles with letters and 2 blank tiles which are "wild" and can be used as any letter.

At the start of a game seven or more letters are chosen at random from the letter pool and placed in the center column of a 15 x 15 board, forming the trunk of the tree. During the game you form branches.

The first word must consist of one or more new tiles attached horizontally to the trunk.


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1. You can use the trunk letters to form words to the left or right of the trunk. In even-numbered rows you add branches by adding letters to the left of the trunk. In odd-numbered rows you add to the right.


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2. You can form words by attaching branches to branches.


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You may not extend the trunk upwards.


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Words cannot cross the trunk; that is, the letters of a word cannot be on both the left and right sides of the trunk.


All primary words must be horizontal although cross-words may be vertical.

The score for a valid word is the sum of (1) the letter-points of the primary word and all new cross-words and (2) any bonus points.

When you use all seven tiles in your tray to form a word (sometimes called a bingo), the total points for the play are doubled.

If you place a word on the board and choose the menu item "Help | Calculate Word's Points" the points for the play will be calculated for you.

At the end of the game penalty points equal to the letter-points of the tiles in each player's tray are subtracted from each player's score (if at least one scoring move has been made).

The player with the highest score at the end of a game is the winner.

More information about Roget's Tree


See also

About the Word Lists

Letter Counts and Points Table