Drawbacks of Playing Scrabble too Fast

Drawbacks of Playing Scrabble too Fast

Last week, I wrote a post about Words With Friends, and some of the pros and cons and my overall experiences with it. I ended up deciding I didn’t like it as much as playing online Scrabble, and I also wasn’t as good at it.

But as I continued to play a bit of Words With Friends this week, I realized that I might be struggling because I’m so used to playing very quick games and not exploring every option. In Words With Friends, a game can often take hours or even days, as players wait for each other to complete a move throughout the day.  So this actually put me at a disadvantage, believe it or not, because I’m so used to playing quickly. There is one similar game called Wordfeud Cheat and Jumble solver which is being played these days.

Because of this, the game rewards those who try every possibility, until every possible option has been weighed and evaluated. The game also rewards a player for looking at every area of the board and considering every possibility before making a move, rather than focusing on one or two key areas of the board that seem to provide the best scoring opportunity at first glance.

I tend to play fast Scrabble games when I play online- usually between 5 and 7 minutes per side. Therefore I never really look at every possibility; I just look at as many as possible. So I still play with this style in Words With Friends, while my opponent plays a slower pace in which they look at every single possibility.

And through this I realized that playing faster isn’t necessarily better, or it doesn’t necessarily make me a better player than somebody who plays 20 minute Scrabble games. It just means I am forced to rush through the game and not consider every possible move.

Being able to play fast Scrabble games is still an acquired skill, and I’m glad that it’s a skill I’ve developed thoroughly in the last 6 months. But now that I’ve come to the realization that players that I consider less skilled than myself can still beat me if the game is slow enough, I need to focus on playing slower games and really exploring many possible moves before deciding on a play.

So my challenge to myself this week will be to play slower online Scrabble games, and try to score more points and win by being thorough and weighing my options, rather than rushing through the game. I think this will help me become a better overall Scrabble player, and will even help me when I go back to playing 5 or 6 minute games.

I’d encourage anyone that plays on particular way to try something different, like I discussed above. In terms of becoming a better overall Scrabble player, going outside of your comfort zone and changing things up for a week or two will only help you!

5 Tips to Play Scrabble Faster

5 Tips to Play Scrabble Faster

Not everyone plays timed Scrabble games or competitive Scrabble games where speed matters, but playing fast can be an added challenge even for the casual Scrabble players, and it can be essential for competitive players, online players, or anybody else that plays Scrabble with a time limit.

In a timed game, playing fast not only prevents you from being penalized or disqualified for running out of time, it also puts pressure on your opponent. Your opponent is looking for words to play during their turn, and during your turn as well. Let most of this time be on their turn!

You should be finding words during their turn, so you can play a word as soon as your turn comes up. That way, their timer continues to run and they run out of time or have to rush at the end of the game.

Of course, doing this while sacrificing tons of points is not smart. You should still be looking for good words and scoring as many points as possible as a general rule of thumb. If you’re playing so quickly that you’re not able to score a good amount of points, you need to slow down. You might score slightly lower in a 6 minute Scrabble game as opposed to a 20 minute game, but it shouldn’t be a drastic difference once you’ve practiced playing at that speed. Please note that for the first few timed games, you could see a huge drop in your point totals if you’re used to playing un-timed games or games with much higher time limits. But you’ll quickly adjust and find yourself bored in slower games. Your brain adapts quite quickly to the time constraints in a timed Scrabble game.

These tips should help any Scrabble player maintain a better pace and keep the pressure on their opponent:

1. Look for words on your opponent’s turn. As mentioned earlier, one player’s clock is always running, and it’s better that it is your opponent’s clock rather than yours. Use THEIR time to look for YOUR words. As soon as it gets to your turn, play the word you’ve found, and the pressure is right back on them. Of course, your opponent is trying to do the same thing, so this isn’t always possible. You should try to achieve this though.

2. Don’t be a perfectionist. If you’re in a game with a time limit, you shouldn’t worry that you might be missing out on a great play. If you have a very good play, then play it! Maybe it’s not the perfect play but usually you’ll end up spending a few extra minutes and not find anything better if you become obsessed with perfectionism. Scan the board, look for the best spots to score high points, and form a word in one of those spots. Use your best judgement- you’ll know when you’ve explored most of the possibilities available. You don’t need to analyze 100% of the possibilities. Often, analyzing 85% of the possibilities can take half as long and give you just as many points.

If it helps, narrow down the 1 or 2 best spots to use on the board, and then find the best word that you can place in one of those spots.  That way, you won’t have to explore every possible option in every part of the board.

3. Memorize the 2 letter Scrabble words. There are quite a few of them, and they’re definitely worth learning if you haven’t already. Knowing these words can help you dump 1 or 2 unwanted letters quickly or find spots for your Bingos or other high scoring words while saving you time.

4. Play defensively. By playing defensively and not giving your opponent easy word setups, you can force them to take longer on their turn. This works to your advantage because you’ll have more time to look for your own words during their turn, and you’ll be better prepared once they’ve made their move. Remember, the faster you can play your words, the sooner your opponent’s clock starts to run again.

5. Practice closing out. In a timed game, closing out can be essential. If you only have a few seconds left on the clock, you have to be able to get rid of your letters quickly to end the game. Having a good vocabulary can help in this phase of the game (even more than in other stages of the Scrabble match). Also, learning some words that don’t require vowels or don’t require consonants are helpful too. If you’re left with just vowels, do you know all of the words you can create? Better learn!…

Play Scrabble Online free – Wordmeister & Outspell Scrabble

Play Scrabble Online free – Wordmeister & Outspell Scrabble

One of the easiest ways you can improve your Scrabble skills is by playing Scrabble Online for Free.  There are many sites to do this.  In case you missed it, here’s a link to our homepage with a full list of places where you can play scrabble online against computer. And most of the websites listed are completely free of charge!

When playing online, it’s important to play opponents that are near your skill level.  That’s why we try to recommend websites that have a ratings system so that you won’t get matched up against somebody way better or way worse than yourself.  As you improve, you can get matched up with better and better players to keep improving.  If you’re able to beat all your friends and it isn’t much of a challenge, then going online is a great place to find new opponents.

 

If you become very serious about playing online, there are a few websites we’ve listed that actually charge money, but most of what we recommend allows you to play scrabble online for free without any charges.  Only the most serious of players would consider paying to play online most likely.

 

When playing online, you’ll find it a little bit different than playing on an actual board.  For one, the game will calculate your score for you so that you don’t have to add up your points.  This makes the game go a bit faster.  Also, some programs online will tell you which tiles are left.  Again, this is a huge time saver and is very helpful for strategy.  It’s possible to know which tiles are left in the bag in a regular Scrabble game, but it is very time consuming to count the letters on the board, and then compare it to the total amount of each letter that exists at the start.  This online feature can help out a lot.

 

There are also a couple of negative aspects to playing online.  One is cheating.  Assuming you’re trying to play a fair game, it’s always possible to cheat online because you can’t see the other opponent.  To avoid this, try to meet a few online players that you can trust, or try playing timed games.  With a time limit, it’s harder to find a secondary website or check a dictionary for words.

 

Overall, the positives of playing Scrabble online for free far outweigh the negatives.  This is a great way to have tons of fun while improving your skills, and even meeting new people with similar interests.…

How People Play Scrabble in Different Parts of the World

How People Play Scrabble in Different Parts of the World

Playing scrabble is one of the exiting games that give a good exercise to the brain, and even a child can join this kind of game. The list below shows how to play scrabble.

1.) The first to play will need to bring together the tiles to obtain a valid word. You need to make a minimum of two letters to make a first strike. Single letter is not allowed in the first step. The first word should place the one tile in the middle of the board and you can align it either horizontal or vertical. The first word will be count as double word score, but can only be allowed once. Then you need to replace the consumed tiles (all tiles totals only 7) from the pouch so you can make another word in your next turn.  And you must maintain that 7 tiles as long as there are still remaining tiles during the game.

2.) After the first player, the next player turns. The role here is that the next player must give a word using his tiles that has a connection to the first word. He can use one of the tiles of the first word as a beginning of his word or last part of his word or add the first word. Now, the game must progress so its time to the third and fourth player thereafter

3.) All players now should form a word that connects to the other words in the board. You can do it by horizontal or vertical.

4.) There are two blank tiles in a common scrabble. If you got it, you will be the one to decide if what letter it should represent. You must inform the other player if what letter it represents.

5.) When you used the seven tiles to make a word in a single strike, count your score and add it to 50. It is applicable every time you used the 7 tiles in your rack to make a single word.

6.) Now if your tiles in your rack can’t make a word, you can exchange some of your tile from your rack to the tiles in the pouch, but your tiles should not exceed to 7 tiles. But you cannot make a word for that round. You can only use the exchanged tiles for your next round.

7.) When you placed a word that the other players doubt it that it is valid word, they can challenge you. You and the challenger will look into the dictionary and if the word is found there, the challenger will lose his turn. It means that in that turn, he cannot drop a work in the board, he will be passed. But if the word does not exist, then you must remove your tiles that form an invalid word and you lose your turn.

8.) If tiles in the pouch have no left over, all players now must empty the tiles in their rack. If one player first empties his rack, the game is over. If it is not possible to empty even one player the tiles in his rack, but no tiles left in the pouch, the must end. The player got the highest score will be the winner.

now you kwo how to play scrabble, goodluck!!!

Scrabble is a beautiful and enriching game that can be played by the whole family on relaxed evenings; or with friends to add a bit of spice to a lazy afternoon. There are very simple tips to teach a person about how to play scrabble. Initially a person needs to have some elementary knowledge about the game. Scrabble is played on a board whose dimensions are 15 by 15 inches with thirteen divisions longitudinally and laterally; such that every alphabetical tile must be mounted on a tile. There are around one hundred alphabet tiles available in scrabble where 98 tiles contain alphabets and two tiles are blank. The blank tiles add a surprise element of wildcards to the game where these tiles can substitute any letter which is to be added to the floor.

Words need to be formed using the sets of tiles allotted to you and then placed along the board. The scrabble rules insist that only those words be formed which are legally entered into the dictionary and mostly, scrabble game kits contain dictionaries with allowable words. Points are allotted to every tile and every place in the board along which the tile is to be placed. It is very easy to know how to play scrabble. Initially, players remove tiles at random from the bag, arrange them on the racks which are allotted and proceed about making words. Usually, the one closest to the beginning alphabet gets the first chance. Thereafter, every person has to fill in one word after another, which is also possible using the alphabets already placed in the board.

Upon not being able to chalk out even a single word, the players have the options of replacing and choosing their tiles from the bag at random. The player who is left with no tile of his own towards the end is the winner of the game. If, on the other hand, on two times in a row, no player is able to form any words with their tiles even after undergoing replacements, then it is said to end in a draw.…

Language Arts Board Games Scrabble Rules

Language Arts Board Games Scrabble Rules

We’ve received a couple of emails lately asking about some confusion and disagreement with Scrabble scoring rules. We won’t cover everything in here, but there are a couple areas we commonly see confusion with, so that’s what we’ll address.

The first question we’re commonly asked, is whether the first play of the game is doubled or not. The answer is Yes. According to official Scrabble scoring rules, the middle tile of the board with a pink star picture on it, does count as a Double Word Score. This is denoted by the pink color that all double word score tiles have.

The next issue we sometimes have to address is the point bonus for a bingo, or for using all 7 of your letters. The answer to this one is quite simple: if you use all 7 of your letters to make a word, you score the word normally and then add 50 to that score. The 50 points is a bonus for using all 7 tiles. If your word scored 30 for example, your score would be 80.

The third question we receive very frequently is about what order to score your words in. If you land a letter on a Double Letter Score tile, and then the word extends out to a Triple Word Score tile, what order do you do all of the multiplying? It’s quite simple once you learn the basic scoring rules and the official order of adding up points. As a rule of thumb, you always want to count letter scores before word scores. So if a letter is doubled, you double that letter and count that amount toward the word score. You do not double or triple your word score until the entire word score has been calculated. So in the example above, you would double the tile, and then triple your entire score after calculating the value of all letters in your word.

Those are the 3 most common questions we hear when it comes to Scrabble scoring.  If you follow those basics, you should be able to avoid confusion and have an enjoyable game without disagreements.  For more complicated instances, where a letter lands on a Double Letter or Triple Letter tile going in two directions, simply double or triple it twice for a total of x4 or x6.  If you manage to extend a word onto two Double Word Score tiles (this is possible with a 8-letter word that also uses one of your opponents tiles), you need to double the word twice, for a total of x4.  Of course, none of this should be done before calculating all of the letter scores first.  Remember, always calculate the letter scores before doing any word score adjustments.  That’s the key to remembering the Scrabble scoring rules.…

Make a Scrabble Letter Board

Make a Scrabble Letter Board

The scrabble board is a 15×15 square, with a star in the middle. Some people don’t realize, but the start that you must play your first word on, does count as a double word score.

Aside from the middle tile, there are 16 other double word score tiles. There are also triple word scores, which are the best spaces in the game. They are evenly spread out on the outside edge of the board, exactly 8 tiles apart so that you cannot hit two of these spaces with a single word, unless you use at least 1 letter than has already been played. If you can manage to pull this off, and create an 8 letter word that touches two of these tiles, your score for that play will likely be 150+. This is because your word score is getting tripled twice, and if you used all 7 of your tiles, you also get 50 points for the bingo.

The next best spaces in the game are triple letter score tiles. There are 12 triple letter score tiles, spread throughout the scrabble board. These spaces are best used by creating cross-word plays with very powerful tiles like X and Z. By placing an X, J, Z, or Q on one of these spaces, you can easily score 50-60+ points if you create a word going in both directions. The other great way to play a triple word score space is by placing a high value tile on that square, and then extending the word to reach a double letter score space. This would triple your letter, and then double the entire word. It is quite possible to score 60-70+ with a 5-letter word by doing this. Even with tiles that aren’t worth quite as much, like H or W, it is still possible to score a lot of points by using these two strategies for triple letter score tiles.

The last type of space on the scrabble board is the double letter score square. This is used similarly to the triple letter score, but obviously yields less points overall. The two strategies mentioned above for triple letter score spaces are the best approach to these spaces as well. Either create two words going in different directions, with a high value tile on the double letter score, or else try to place a high scoring tile on the double letter score space, and then extend the word into a triple word score or double word score square.

Because of the way the scrabble board is set up, it is not possible to get a triple letter score and triple word score in a single play. But it is possible to get a double letter score and then a triple word score. If a triple word score space is opened up on the board, try to place your highest value tile on the double word score, and then make sure to extend your word to hit the triple word score. Remember- your letter will be doubled first, and then the entire word will be tripled. It’s a very powerful way to score a lot of points.…

Little-Known Words That Will Help You Win Scrabble

Little-Known Words That Will Help You Win Scrabble

Getting better at Scrabble isn’t easy, especially if you don’t know where to start.  That’s why we created this article to provide help for Scrabble players who are trying to improve.

The actions needed to improve your game and skill level depend on what level you’re currently at, but in general, some tips are relevant to players of all levels.

First of all, you should go learn the 2- and 3-letter words.  All of them.  If this is too time consuming, go learn the 2-letter words, and then slowly learn the 3-letter words over time.  Knowing these words will allow you to play small words across each other, and get massive points for letters like Z, Q, X, etc. by landing these big tiles on double and triple word scores tiles, going in two directions.  A triple word score tile with a Z on it going in two directions is worth 60 points for the Z alone (10 x 3 x 2).

Next, learn common beginnings and endings to words.  This is more important than actually learning new words.  Why? because it makes it easier to get Bingos, or 7 letter words, which give you a 50 point bonus on top of the regular letter score. One or two of these can win you the game!

It’s hard to find a 7 letter word, but it’s pretty easy to find a 4 or 5 letter word with a common ending.  Stamped, Stumped, Trumped, etc.

You can move the “De” to the front of a word too.  Detains. Notice the “S” also.  Detain is really only a 6 letter word, but the “S” makes it 7.  “S” is a very valuable letter, for this reason and others, so never waste it.

If you’re seeking help for Scrabble scoring, and you only learn one tip today, definitely focus on Bingos.  Other common endings to look for are “ING” “ER” “ERS”.  These all make it very easy to find 7-letter words.

Okay, so you’re focusing on making small words with big-scoring tiles like Z and X, and you’re looking for Bingos, but what else can you do?  Well, one thing is to focus on defense.  Scoring is always more important, but once you’re comfortable and scoring a good amount, it’s time to start noticing what opportunities your plays are opening up for your opening.

Maybe you scored 27 points last play, but opened up a triple word score tile for your opponent.  Sometimes this is okay, but it depends on the situation.  Maybe you could have scored 24 points in a different spot without opening that up.  In that case, 24 would be much better than 27.  You need to balance offense and defense; sometimes it’s okay to take a few less points, if it means stopping your opponent from getting a big score.

One more area to add to your strategy is tile exchange.  You can trade in any or all of your tiles when it is your turn, and you receive a score of 0 for that turn.  When beginners come asking for help for Scrabble, I often find that they are trading in too much.  Usually, you should only trade in if you’re going to be getting less than 6-7 points.…