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TOP 5 REASONS TO PLAY SCRABBLE

It's inexpensive. You can buy a copy of Scrabble starting from 12 bucks. There's no point in investing a lot of money in the so-called "deluxe" editions, all extra they give is a rotating board, a nicer bag and a timer. You can obtain these items from elsewhere for much less (or use the ones you already own).

You can play with anyone. Anyone who knows at least a few words in that given language. (Okay, my dog is still learning the game...) It is documented that over one hundred million sets have been sold, which says it all really. It's a very fun family game and a regular visitor of celebration events like Thanksgiving, Christmas.

Difficulty is in each move, not in the mechanism. The rules are easy to explain and understand. It is also very simple to set up the game; but it starts to get more and more challenging as the tiles are laid. Only 2 players are required for a game of Scrabble (maximum 4, or 4 teams if you have a house full). The main idea of the game is to select a number of tiles then build words from the tiles chosen. Each letter has a numerical value, and with clever positioning on the board, bonuses can be picked up such as "double letter" score or "triple word" score. The idea is to build up as big a points total as possible. There are quite a few rules to get your head around initially, but these are easily "picked up", and it is not uncommon for "house rules" to be invented for ease and speed of play. There's a variant that gives bonus for each word that fits the theme of the social event (say a sports event or Christmas).

It's great for building your vocabulary. It's also great for reactivating your passive vocabulary. And contrary to the urban myth, no, you don't need a dictionary. Time to start looking for those three letter words starting with Q!

It's the ultimate word game. There's no other word game as challenging and as profoundly testing as Scrabble. Think of it like a multiplayer crossword puzzle. Anyone who likes to play on words, will find this a fun game to play. Who gives a damn if this game is not "geeky"? If one finds Scrabble boring, it can mean two things: his vocabulary is not broad enough or he is too lazy to think of creative ways to lay out his letters. Next time you have the letters of BOARDGAMEGEEK at your disposal, think of these combinations:

Beaker Demagog
Meek Egg Abroad
Garbage Do Meek
Damage Kerb Ego
Beaked Gamer Go
Badge Make Gore
Bared Omega Keg





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Les règles tiennent sur un ticket de bus.
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Gaert psot! I talolty aerge wtih you
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Thanks all for the warm welcome. This article is just a short quip prompted by my urge to point out the positive aspects of this game after rediscovering it for the second time in my life.
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I hate Scrabble with a passion, but owning a set did lead me to variants like Pick Two! and Bananagrams, which I enjoy much more!
 
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You could also try the Admiral Ackbar "It's a TRAP!" GAME.
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celiborn wrote:
I hate Scrabble with a passion,


As I said I can understand why so many are frustrated with the game.

celiborn wrote:
but owning a set did lead me to variants like Pick Two! and Bananagrams, which I enjoy much more!


You can play variants without hating the core game, but thanks for the suggestions anyway.
 
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Don't forget the BIG rule of thumb...ensure that you have all agreed upon which dictionary to use so when someone comes up with a word like AA, you can argue that the dictionary says it's an abbreviation and NOT a word!

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And DON'T forget one of the most powerful 2-letter plays: ZA

I play daily and have won several games over the years as a result of playing ZA.

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Not to mention the many, many ways to play it that are available now. Facebook, Internet Scrabble Club, Pogo, Quackle, Scrabble for the PSP and DS...A definate resurgence.
 
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Arghh. I knew someone would tell me to play it to improve my vocabulary. I don't want to work on my vocabulary. I want to have fun.
 
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KenHR wrote:
mhowe wrote:
Arghh. I knew someone would tell me to play it to improve my vocabulary. I don't want to work on my vocabulary. I want to have fun.


...because of course the two are mutually exclusive! shake

Let's get rid of rules, too! Who wants to read?


Well, I'll play it when it's fun laugh but I won't play it when it's not fun yuk if all it's does is work my vocab snore Sometimes I'm in the mood for Scrabble and sometimes not.


 
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KenHR wrote:
mhowe wrote:
Arghh. I knew someone would tell me to play it to improve my vocabulary. I don't want to work on my vocabulary. I want to have fun.


...because of course the two are mutually exclusive! shake

Let's get rid of rules, too! Who wants to read?


Exactly. laugh

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Great post; sometimes we geeks forget that mainstream games can be good too. I think Scrabble is the best of the "classic" games that seem to be ubiquitous in America. It's got both strategy and tactics and the random tile draw ensures replayability. The only downside is players who think ZA is a real word. whistle

Unfortunately my wife is so much better at Scrabble than I am, that it's not fun to play with her. She always beats me and I find the length of time she takes for a move frustrating. She constantly plays on her iTouch, so she's found another way to scratch her Scrabble itch. However, you've inspired me. I'll try to challenge her to a game next time I get a chance.

On the "cheap" theme, I'd point out that you can often thrift unplayed Scrabble sets for a couple of bucks. I do think the deluxe set is worth it though, because of the turntable (some people have trouble visualizing words upside down) and the ridged board that holds the tiles in place (I'm a clumsy guy.)
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dbucak wrote:
Unfortunately my wife is so much better at Scrabble than I am, that it's not fun to play with her. She always beats me and I find the length of time she takes for a move frustrating.

Is there any way to handicap particularly good players in order to level the playing field? I've heard about putting the better player on a clock (or at least a shorter clock)...but there must be a better variant.
 
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celiborn wrote:
dbucak wrote:
Unfortunately my wife is so much better at Scrabble than I am, that it's not fun to play with her. She always beats me and I find the length of time she takes for a move frustrating.

Is there any way to handicap particularly good players in order to level the playing field? I've heard about putting the better player on a clock (or at least a shorter clock)...but there must be a better variant.


Points handicapping is what is usually done.
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