A BRIGHOUSE family have invented a new word game which they hope could be the new Scrabble.
Andy Marshall, 47, his mother Pauline, both from Brighouse, and sister Karen Bedford, of Denby Dale, have spent the past year designing and producing Shakespell.
The word dice game is now being sold in stores in Denby Dale, Holmfirth and Huddersfield, as well as by mail order.
Andy, a freelance writer and photographer, says the beauty of Shakespell is its pocket size and the fact that it is so versatile.
“It’s like a cross between Scrabble and Boggle, but with the versatility of playing cards. There are so many different ways to play it.
“There’s no board and no time limit, so it can be played any time, anywhere.”
However you play, the aim of the game is to achieve the highest points for the words you create.
Andy says Shakespell is good for all ages and it is proving popular as an educational tool.
Sets have been used in schools and even by nurses helping to rehabilitate stroke patients.
Andy invented the basic game concept while living in Sweden.
He was a member of a ‘flat cap and ferret’ club for Yorkshire ex-pats.
Andy invented a game for the club using five different dice, each featuring Yorkshire symbols from tea to Yorkshire puddings and Michael Parkinson.
After returning to live in the UK, he worked with his mum and sister – a part-time teacher and graphic designer – to develop the word game.
They came up with a game which has seven ‘letter’ dice and a symbols dice.
The game can be played by one person alone, or by a number of players.
Andy said he was thrilled that the game was now on sale.
“I have always wanted to come up with an idea and put it into production. I have always been a bit of an inventor.
“Now there are strangers who go into shops and like the game and buy it and that’s great.”
The small project is now turning into a family business.
Andy said: “We are learning a lot about being in business. People keep asking when we are going on Dragon’s Den. We might, but not until we have built up good background sales.”
So far, the family have sold 600 Shakespell sets.
Find out more about Shakespell at www.shakespell.com or call 01484 865910.