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Paperback (2014) is a brain game where you make words using the Letter cards in your hand. You aim to build words that score highest, so you can buy new Letter cards to add to your deck. It is a cumulative decision-making game, where you must build both words and the deck that scores the most points in the long run.

Like Scrabble, each Letter card is worth a different number of points. Unlike Scrabble, the Letter cards each have different abilities. Adding a card to your hand not only ups your point scoring potential but also opens new ways to score. You win by adding the most Fame cards to your deck before the end of the game. These cards are wild, but cost a lot of points to buy, so you must build up your deck to enable you to score enough points to buy them.

As you progress, you gain more Letter cards and can make longer words, which in turn enables you to buy both more expensive Letter cards with better powers and Fame cards with more victory points. When the end of the game is triggered by the last Letter or Fame card, the winner is the player with the most Fame points in their deck.

This is a combination of a word puzzle and a deck-building game, where you use your word-making skills to develop the cards available to you. Your decisions about which card to choose from the shared piles are almost more important than your ability to make words.

Our examiner, Rob Prior, first checked Paperback 21 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 9 days ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Brain Game and Sequencing game with Collecting and Puzzle elements. You can play with 2 to 5 players in the same room. It is best played with 2 players.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Learn to Play: This takes 45 minutes to learn. The first time you play it's worth trying the following:
  • Remove the attack cards and do not use their rules.
  • Take time to choose your cards carefully, reading the rules on each card before selecting.
  • Remember that some cards are trashed after one use and removed from the game.

Play Time: This game will take between 45 minutes and 1 hour to complete.


This game is good if you want to:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger players need a good vocabulary and grasp of making words. They also need to be able to make strategic decisions about which cards to add to their hand and when to add them.

Content Rating

We rate this suitable for 3+ years-olds.


There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
There is one expansion available for this game:
  • Paperback: Unabridged (2017) adds 80 new cards, new abilities, typos, and 16 new covers. 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/01/2014

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 2-5

Genres: Brain Game, Sequencing (Collecting and Puzzle)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: Cards

Developer: T Fowers (@TFowers)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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