Discussion on Facebook:

TrevorLDavis: Not sure how to use such a mechanic in a game (other than keeping score) but you can use PiecepackMatchsticks to write numbers and letters like you would with a seven/fourteen/sixteen segment display

RonHaleEvans: The mention of seven-segment displays made me think of this superb word game by the creators of Cosmic Encounter, which I own in its original 1981 incarnation as Runes. Point is, could you port Runes/Decipher to piecepack matchsticks, or mimic the mechanic?

Following links from the seven segment display article in Wikipedia, I concluded that a 16-segment display is best suited for PiecepackWordGames. There is already a well-established Roman alphabet for it, and you only need 'A' and '2' matchsticks for the short orthogonals and short 45-degree diagonals. Of course, you could play with more than one set of matchsticks. Also, you can swap out two short sticks in a line for one long one, to free up some short ones.

The individual segments of a 16-segment display
The individual segments of a 16-segment display
The best 16-segment character set
The best 16-segment character set (click to magnify)

I'm very excited about this potential new game subsystem for the piecepack!

DanBurkey (creator of PiecepackMatchsticks): I was wondering what to do with this experiment in writing Elder Futhark runes with the matchsticks... Elder Futhark runes have been in the public domain for about 1200 years. From a while back:

Elder Futhark runes with piecepack matchsticks
Elder Futhark runes with piecepack matchsticks

I think I ran out of sticks before completing Othila. So there is a resource limit to the matchsticks that could be worked into a game. Like a broken LCD display that doesn’t have enough energy to show all segments at once perhaps?

(there is enthusiastic interest)

Publisher's pages for Letter Piece Game system (including downloadable rules):

Letter Piece Game logo
Letter Piece Game logo

Image Credits

Static sixteen-segment display by DominikSL / CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

LED Segment ASCII Library by Dave Madison, via GitHub