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Subject: Why would you ever want to play a word if you have 8 tiles or less? rss

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Ender Wiggins
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Well, why would you?

Isn't it always the best strategy to stock-pile your letters, so that you get a larger pool of letters to work with? And that you only play a word when you're forced to by the rule which requires discarding tiles if you have more than eight at the end of your turn?

I can't think of a good reason why you'd ever play a word in a situation where you don't have more than eight letters, aside from the end of the game. Or am I missing something obvious?
 
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Eric Brosius
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Correct.
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Eric Brosius wrote:
Correct.


QFT.

So when we play the objective is to leave yourself with 8 and your opponent with 9. That way they're forced to make a word from 9 letters, and when you are forced to you'll have at least 10.
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Yep. I agree with what everyone says. The only reason I could see in dumping a word before you are forced to is if you're out of cash and won't be able to purchase anyway.
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Laura, just Laura
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Yes, it is never to your advantage.

I've given up on trying to convince people of this when I'm teaching, however. They never believe me until they see it in action (and sometimes not even then).
 
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