sibylant graze lets you play the word game
You’ll need at least two friends and three minutes to play.
Alack, alack, alack! The mystical sorcerer
having discovered a certain dark magick spell, has taken control of
It’s up to the SemIO-Techs Resistance to decrypt the spellword
and defeat Rozakruco.
Contact is a word game for at least three people. If there
aren’t three people in the
lobby, you can wait to see if anyone else will join.
At the beginning of each game, the player marked Rozakruco
picks a secret word, which is a single well-known
dictionary word, for example “determine.”
Initially, only the first letter is revealed to the other
players (the SemIO-Techs Resistance), for example
Resistors must think of any words or phrases that start
with the known prefix of the secret word, and then give
hints for that phrase in chat, for example, one Resistor
might think of the word “denmark” and so they
type //Country with a little mermaid
in chat. The initial // is optional; it simply
highlights the hint.
If another Resistor thinks they know the answer to the hint,
they can start a Contact by clicking the first Resistor’s
name next to the hint, or alternatively type
/<line-number> in chat.
During a Contact, both Resistors as well as Rozakruco have
five seconds to type in their guesses for the answer to the
hint. The remaining Resistors cannot send chats or Contact
during this time.
If both Resistors enter in the same text, then the Contact
is a match and the next letter of the Rozakruco’s secret
word is revealed, unless the Rozakruco also
matches. The Rozakruco’s only job is to guess
hints for Resistors’ clues.
If the Contact was successful, then the next phrases
for which Resistors give hints for must start with the
first two letters of the secret word, and so on.
To guess the secret word, just type it anywhere in chat.
After the game is over, anyone can become Rozakruco and
restart—but please give everyone a chance to be
Remember that there are no turns. Resistors can give hints
or Contact other Resistors at any time other than during a
On your turn to be Rozakruco, choose a well-known,
common dictionary word with no spaces or punctuation that
all the players will know—it should have an entry
It’s no fun if someone doesn’t know the secret
word; the challenge is in picking a word that’s
ambiguous even when many letters are revealed. Prefer the
simplest word form, so pick “determine” instead
If you’re confused about the rules, just let the other
players know. Have fun!
For comments, send a Keybase
message to modalduality or an e-mail to surya at modalduality dot
code available in the public domain. Submit patches
by e-mail or Keybase. Room names provided by
If you’d like to win, you must choose clues that
softly—accidentally—alight and glance away from your
partner’s angelic justification; not too blunt, yet intense
enough for that slightest first touch (just one!) to remain
resonating in their dreams for years to come, intermittently
reviving the forgotten memories of a lost sycamore.
This is what we call the sibylant graze. Let’s play poetry karuta!