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'Super Scrabble! Wow!' Blog Discussion

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This is the discussion to link on the back of Martin's 'Super Scrabble! Wow!' blog. Please read the blog first, as the discussion follows it.
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  • tunesurfertunesurfer Forumite
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    Didnt even know there was such a game but it sounds like games could go on for quite a while with double the amount of tiles and a larger board to fill.

    Wikipedia seems to think that scores of 800 or more are possible for 2 players.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Scrabble
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  • I've never played Super Scrabble, but I'm thinking 800 probably sounds like quite a modest score for a 2-player game. It depends a lot on the style of play, of course. As with regular scrabble, some players will ruthlessly block off opportunities they can't immediately use, while others will try to create chances.
    I'd make sure my scoresheet columns had room for 4 digits just in case!
  • Morty_007Morty_007 Forumite
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    Slightly OT (Will start a new thread if preferred) but come on Martin...how much did you pay for it and where?! :money: DH and I really want to buy it but the cheapest we have found it is £38.00ish plus P&P online....We need it to be cheaper than this...addicted to penny pinching ways i'm afraid :T

    I can't help with a target score I'm afraid, having not bought it yet...but i'm guessing 4 digits too.:D
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  • JonPhredJonPhred Forumite
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    ...It depends a lot on the style of play, of course. As with regular scrabble, some players will ruthlessly block off opportunities they can't immediately use, while others will try to create chances. ...

    Exactly! Scrabble is essentially a war game in which you deploy your resources (letter tiles) according to defined rules (valid formations, etc.) on a battleground which has sites you wish to capture (or prevent the opponent capturing) and territory over which you attempt to exercise tactical control so as to capture sites.

    There's a hefty element of luck in the tiles you get but a superior strategist/tactician will usually tend to win over a number of matches. The level of vocabulary used in "social Scrabble" means that "word power" is rarely going to make a significant difference (people of limited vocabulary tend not to want to play Scrabble - perhaps because they perceive it to be a word game) although combatants at competition-level acquire a specialized vocabulary for the purpose.

    I was once involved in a four-player game where one player had no idea of the strategy of the game (so simply formed words from his tiles) and the following player was inevitably the runaway winner with a massive score solely because of that.
  • MSE_MartinMSE_Martin MoneySaving Expert
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    I was once involved in a four-player game where one player had no idea of the strategy of the game (so simply formed words from his tiles) and the following player was inevitably the runaway winner with a massive score solely because of that.

    I agree - the MSG and I are very competitive over our Scrabble - we once allowed a third party to join a game while we were sitting waiting. The third party was a novie and the MSG was going next - it was a nightmare for me - as she left her all the triple words unblocked with easy scores (i still won though ;) )
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  • alwaysonthego_2alwaysonthego_2 Forumite
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    just got addicted to scrabble blitz, dh is very amused
  • philipswphilipsw Forumite
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    My Mrs and I are also Scrabble addicts and have played a number of games of SS.

    Although there are more premium score spots meaning higher scores, we find that this shifts the focus from long words (7s for bonus points) to lots of short words with strategic letters on premium scores, and so our scores are not as correspondingly high as you would expect.

    So despite similar Scrabble averages to you, scores around 650-750 seem to be about our range in SS.
  • rachrach Forumite
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    i've got addicted to scrabble blitz since martin's post too. i'm hoping it will help my game of standard scrabble!

    i used to beat my fiancé at scrabble so he went off and learned hundreds of words systematically - now i never win (need to start learning words...)

    not for purists at all but for a bit of fun simpsons scrabble is something different. also, we occasionally play with a board and a full set of letters each to see who can make the best words from the same letters.

    now i know i should go to sleep but just one more game of scrabble blitz...
    Mum to gorgeous baby boy born Sept 2010:j
  • GrandmasuGrandmasu Forumite
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    I love scrabble, but found the game Upwords in a car boot sale. This is like three dimensional scrabble and once you get used to it is totally addictive. Has any one else out there tried it?
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