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Scrabble.

(Partly inspired by the Chess thread)

A recent session with my gaming buds took a turn for the better, when sick of looking at a screen for ages and playing micro machines/Halo 2/Frequency/eye toy play2/PES etc, I suggested we dig out the Scrabble set and get wordy.

Met with initial grumbling, we all warmed to it's relative simplicity to grasp and play. People started out with proper crap 3 letter words, moving on up to parallel plays, hook words and some pretty impressive 8 and 9 letter words. A brilliant time was had by all, even the losers commented that it was a lot more fun than getting blasted in the back of the head by a shotgun in halo for an hour, and a damn sight more sociable.

It has almost universal appeal (dyslexics might be excused) as everyone has a different vocabulary - I come from a science background and it's an area ripe for funky high scoring words that not many people use regularly*

When reading Mr Biffos column about being glued to GB scrabble for all summer, I decided to hunt a copy down for commuting action and it hasn't been out of the SP since. I've been working in a carpentry workshop for a year now, and my battered old GB colour gets passed around at work for a relaxed 4 player game. I get regularly whupped by the old fellas, but they can rinse out a crossword in a couple of minutes and have almost Victorian-era sized vocabularies.

The Bonus structure is really tantalising and rewarding in scrabble, and you can be a proper bastard with regards to strategy and blocking off the high scoring areas. Nothing really beats the smug high of hitting a bingo (7-lettter word score, bonus 50 points) across a couple of multipliers and watching your opponents wince at the high score styles. There are well documented darkside tactics that tournament players use all the time like memorising the official word list with hooks and lead-ins, and tile counting is commonplace.

Out of interest, I did a bit of a web search to see what some of the official UK high scores were. (americans can't spell things properly. Like Aluminium, savour, foetid etc)

700+ in a 2 player game :D

http://www.absp.org.uk/features/records.html

So, anyone else play scrabble regularly on this board, and if not, what is your favourite multiplayer boardgame? I seriously dig Rapidough, but for pure me-against-the-words action, scrabble cannot be beat. It is truly the other beautiful game.

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* be warned, stoned scrabble players are at a serious disadvantage

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Scrabble rules, but the king around here is Risk. We have regular Risk nights, that involve us getting beered up and conquering the world. It's the British way.

And if not Risk, then Monopoly.

Scrabble comes in third. But thanks for suggesting GBA Scrabble - I have a long plane flight coming up in a week or two, and that'll make it whip by.

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Scrabble rules, but the king around here is Risk. We have regular Risk nights, that involve us getting beered up and conquering the world. It's the British way.

And if not Risk, then Monopoly.

Scrabble comes in third. But thanks for suggesting GBA Scrabble - I have a long plane flight coming up in a week or two, and that'll make it whip by.

GB colour is the version you probably want then, or even the original. Good for long journeys, and the AI is fairly good. The normal level AI character is a comedy James-Brown lookalike old black lady, makes me laugh every time.

or if you have a pocket PC, get the scrabble version for that, it has a more extensive dictionary. I've heard that the GBA version is a bit ropey.

Risk is a fine game, but it always drags on so long, and my mates are right bastards in risk, rendering every marathon session a succession of backstabbings and double crosses, usually resulting in the right hump from some. fun, but takes time it does.

Dunno what it is about scrabble for me.

Word-porn I think.

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Videogames are great. Great. Hell, people are foolish enough to pay me to design the bleeders, so I'm predisposed to liking them. But in my house, the boardgame is king.

Dig out any boardgame designed by Reiner Knizia or Alan Moon. Play. Be impressed by their amazing play balance, and the deep deep levels of strategy you can contemplate over the very simplest of moves.

All videogame designers and players should play boardgames, if only to remind us all what clever play mechanics are all about.

And more sociable? Undoubtedly. B)

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There should be regular Literati Nights on Yahoo Games, next best thing to Scrabble on the internet... besides Online Scrabble itself, but you have to pay for that

Literati? Is that a scrabble-a-like on yahoo? This could be just the ticket to dispel my Temp work boredom. It's a bit hard to whip out the GBA at work with the monstrous cartridge poking out the bottom of the SP. I've been busted taking it to the toilet as well.

Or is that Literati Nights? a kind of adults only swearier, bluer version of scrabble?

:P

As far as I know, there isn't a decent version of scrabble for mobiles apart from an american-only Microsoft smartphone version. That would be my killer app.

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Videogames are great. Great. Hell, people are foolish enough to pay me to design the bleeders, so I'm predisposed to liking them. But in my house, the boardgame is king.

Dig out any boardgame designed by Reiner Knizia or Alan Moon. Play. Be impressed by their amazing play balance, and the deep deep levels of strategy you can contemplate over the very simplest of moves.

All videogame designers and players should play boardgames, if only to remind us all what clever play mechanics are all about.

And more sociable? Undoubtedly. B)

Couldn't agree more about boardgames.

I'm suprised someone can put up with Risk for an extended number of replays though. Risk is a much more random game than it first appears and who wins between competent players just comes down to luck.

I recommend things like History Of The World or Game Of Thrones for more sophisticated but similar board gaming...

-J

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No you dont.

www.quadplex.com

^^^

My working day will never be the same again.

presumably there's nothing to stop people using some of those online scrabble word tools or crossword checkers to get the best possible word scores and such. Some of the recent high scores are insane on quadplex, 782 - I can't believe these people are doing that just from memory. Maybe they really are that L1E1E1T1 or the tile distribution or scoring system is different in Quadplex.

In reference to the vocabulary list of the GB version of scrabble, it lets you get away with nonsense and cuss words a lot of the time, yet it disallows quite a few standard words - I've been disallowed 'igloo' before, but allowed 'wankers', 'tossers', 'cunt' and some others it seems a bit patchy at best.

There is also a massively annoying bug that strikes sometimes when you are using the blank tile in a 7 letter word which is disallowed. The computer rejects the challenge, and returns your tiles back to the rack, minus 1 tile. There's no way to get it back either. Bloody Ubisoft and their lazy-ass bug testing - hence my recommendation of the pocket PC version. Or until scrabble DS comes out!

Does anyone reckon it's possible to shoe-horn a scrabble game into a j2me mobile applet? A lot of the series 60/40 nokia phones can accomodate take fairly large file sizes, and presumably the word database searched is just the actual words themselves, not the meanings or context the words? You can already get monopoly for mobiles, so is scrabble or a scrabble clone feasible?

I'd be interested to know.

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GB Scrabble wouldn't let my G/F have 'igloo'.

You want the old official Spectrum version, then - no chance of a decently-sized dictionary there, so every time you entered a word it didn't know it just asked you if you were sure it was a legitimate word. Of course it is, you stupid computer! Now give me 132 points!

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presumably there's nothing to stop people using some of those online scrabble word tools or crossword checkers to get the best possible word scores and such. Some of the recent high scores are insane on quadplex, 782 - I can't believe these people are doing that just from memory. Maybe they really are that L1E1E1T1 or the tile distribution or scoring system is different in Quadplex.

i play on that site, but only with mates, so i'm not sure what the locals are like... i can imagine there are those who cheat massively with anagram type programs and the like, and other people like me who try not to use silly words they dont already know and would use conversationally (ie JO ZO XI QAT etc).. i guess the game is open to be played however you want though.

Also, along with the standard board, you can choose other layouts, which might be easier to get high scores on

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As I understand it, the two and 3 letter word list is pretty strandard, and used by quite a lot of players, as it can really open up games using parallel plays. I know what you mean about not using them, it does add a level of arseyness to playing, especially if your opponents don't know them.

I use them when I can, some of them are really useful like QI or XO, useful for those triple letter scoring moments, or making really dense 4-way plays.

If anyones interested, I'm the (highly original) andrew3 on quadplex. I'd love a friendly game (no cheating, that is)

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i'm tempted to give you a game, but i probably shouldn't - being at work and all. Saying that, I aint got much to do, so if you fancy a game I will be hanging about in the rockinscrabble room for a while under the name cyriak

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I have a question - how does PS2 Scrabble work? Isn't it somewhat defeated by having everybody fully able to view your tiles?

Anyhow, I'm quite proud of my GBA Scrabble high score, which is a lovely 469.

Pales in comparison to that guy's 700-odd tally, but I'm happy.

Hmm, I'm not sure about that. Presumably it relies on your mates not being cheaters and looking away for however long you take to make your play.

I saw the PSone version in the sale for £5 but thought it a bit pointless if you have a proper set anyway.

My top score is 475 I think. - The best thing about GB scrabble is that is saves all of your scores, best words, loss and win ratio and gives you a rating. There's also a really cool little Conundrum anagram game, which if you set the timer to 30secs is almost like countdown, only with Blanks and bonus multipliers. Very satisfying indeed.

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