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..or some other really non BGG friendly game.

It's not so bad since I introduced Carcassonne(Hunters and Gatherers) to my
daughters but for a while all my 7 year old wanted to play was Monopoly (Star Wars edition).
Scrabble is better than that.

A firm favourite among the wider population (ie including wives) of my friends is Upwords and actually it too is a great deal of fun in the right context.


I'm sure this has been done before but go on..share your secret love for the kind of game BGG doesn't rate.
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There have been a couple of geeklists on this topic - somone will link to it shortly.

We're big Scrabble fans. Never tried Upwords, though.
 
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Scrabble is a brilliant game. I also shamefully enjoy the odd game of Scattergories.
 
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Oh sure. Scrabble is a fun game. We have upwords, but don't much care for it.

And for the right age group, Sorry is pretty good too. It even teaches young kids a lesson: How to handle it when your uncle plays "Sorry!" and suddenly knocks you from first place to last. devil
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I don't have a problem playing Clue; I actually enjoy it.
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Admit it - sometimes you just want to play Scrabble ..


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yep I love plaugint scarblble but no obnen ever wants to pkay weith ne, U reakky cabn;t work outr why?
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For Xmas, I got my wife the deluxe Scrabble with the turntable and we've been playing it a lot! I enjoy the game quite a bit!
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My wife and I play all the time. I will not hesitate to say that she's better at me in the game, either.
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I'm surprised Scrabble isn't more popular with the Eurogamers, since it has many of the ingredients Eurogamers seem to like:

* Victory points
* No player elimination
* No perfect information
* Some luck
* Wooden pieces
* <= 90 min playing time

On the other hand, its

* American
* Popular
* More than 15 years old
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Ogma wrote:
For Xmas, I got my wife the deluxe Scrabble with the turntable and we've been playing it a lot! I enjoy the game quite a bit!


We've had that version for about a year, very nice edition!
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hacksword wrote:
I'm surprised Scrabble isn't more popular with the Eurogamers, since it has many of the ingredients Eurogamers seem to like:

* Victory points
* No player elimination
* No perfect information
* Some luck
* Wooden pieces
* <= 90 min playing time

On the other hand, its

* American
* Popular
* More than 15 years old


Ah, but it has one thing eurogamers hate: knowledge outside the game greatly affects ones ability to play it. In the case of Scrabble, the broader a vocabulary you have, the better.

Of course, I'm an Alea-worshiping, Knizia-obsessed eurogamer through and through and I love Scrabble.
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If someone hates Scrabble, it simply reflects on their vocabulary and spelling skills I think.
It's as much a skill game as Puerto Rico or Caylus and definitely takes thought and knowledge.

At my games day, a guy brought it once and couldn't get anyone to play. Finally 2 of us agreed to play with him. I asked him why he wanted to play so badly and he said, "It's the one game here I know I can win."
He came in third and about crapped when I used all my tiles on the first play of the game.
I kinda felt sorry for him.
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And once you admit that, you can fall into Super Scrabble on occasion: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/92882
 
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Scrabble is an excellent game. I am always up for a game (although I think it is vastly improved by a timer and works best with only two players). I have rated it a 9 but it might really deserve to be a 10

It suffers on this site because it involves information outside the context of the game itself (i.e. one's vocabularly can be an advantage and studying 2/3 letter lists is a BIG help) and it is the sort of game that lends itself to study and single-minded focus on improvement (see comments bashing chess, bridge etc.). Scrabble is a lifestyle game for many and most BGG users play many games and are somewhat biased against other people's lifestyle games (although I'm not really sure why).
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Rokkr wrote:
At my games day, a guy brought it once and couldn't get anyone to play. Finally 2 of us agreed to play with him. I asked him why he wanted to play so badly and he said, "It's the one game here I know I can win."
He came in third and about crapped when I used all my tiles on the first play of the game.
I kinda felt sorry for him.


Great story!
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It's a better game than many of the highly rated here on BGG, a lot more fun to play than Puerto Rico, Ra, Settlers, etc... and one thing that people seem to value a lot on BGG (myself included) is "replay value". I don't think I've played two games of Scrabble that were near alike, and I've played many.

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Oh, I always want to play Scrabble- it's a solid ten for me, and always has been.

Some folks don't like that a) the person who knows more words, or (more pointedly) who has studied more words, has a decided advantage; b) there can be a fair amount of downtime depending on who you play with; or c) just feel like mounting a general backlash against all of the old traditional games.

All these objections are silly at best. If downtime's a problem, get a timer. And of course outside studying is going to help- despite the large amount of luck (which gives Scrabble essentially infinite replayability), it's ultimately a game with an immense skill factor, and every such well-established game (such as Bridge, Go, Chess, etc.) requires the same kind of long, steep expertise curve.
 
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Sorry, I can't admit that sometimes I just want to play Scrabble. In fact I never want to play Scrabble, despite that, or perhaps because, I have played it many times. The reason I rate Scrabble so low is simply because I really dislike playing (duh). Why? First because the downtime is torture. Trying to rush the game with a timer is also torture. Second because to play well requires memorizing hundreds of obscure little words that are only worth memorizing to do well at Scrabble. Third because it is incredibly susceptible to turn order binding, and since the skill of players varies much more than typical Euros, the problem is much more pronounced. Fourth, the challenge system is a kludge, and unnecessarily magnifies the skill difference between players.

But who cares if everyone doesn't share the same opinion on what games they enjoy playing? Go have a blast with Scrabble. More power to you. I certainly don't expect everyone to enjoy my favorite games.
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No, never, not ever.
 
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I love Scrabble, I don't like the local translation as much. It don't have the bag, and the bag is important. Haven't you seen the BBC tv-series version of "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy"?
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Outside information?
Okay, I'll challenge this idea of outside information.

Yes, you need a vocabulary, and if you're going to play Scrabble competitively, some memorization of two, three and four letter words is in order. But the key skill in Scrabble is the abliity to ANAGRAM. I don't care how big your vocabulary is, if you can't do Jumbles, your not going to win at Scrabble!
 
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So what you're saying is, not only do you need to be able to see anagrams, but you also need to memorize a bunch of words. How exactly is that a challenge to the idea of outside information? We're all saying the same thing. Many people apparently enjoy that aspect. Many people apparently don't.
 
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hacksword wrote:
I'm surprised Scrabble isn't more popular with the Eurogamers, since it has many of the ingredients Eurogamers seem to like:




I'm a Eurogamer, and I love scrabble, and rate it quite high. Scrabble is a great game that has way more strategy to it than knowing how to spell well.
 
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So what you're saying is, not only do you need to be able to see anagrams, but you also need to memorize a bunch of words. How exactly is that a challenge to the idea of outside information? We're all saying the same thing. Many people apparently enjoy that aspect. Many people apparently don't.


Actually, what I'm saying is that anagramming is more important than vocabulary. In a casual game of Scrabble, it's not the bigger vocabulary that wins, it's the better anagrammer.

Last week my 12 year old daughter beat my wife and I at Scrabble. Our vocabulary far exceeds hers. But she has an incredible knack for anagramming.

You only have to memorize word lists if you're going to play competitively, like joining a league. But even then, that's not the predominant factor in winning.

People who complain that they lose at Scrabble because their opponent knew some obscure words have not identified the real reason they lost - they lost because their brain was not as flexible as their opponent.

Oh, yeah..and they drew crappy tiles!

 
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