Mutating Scrabble

2008-07-07

in Daily updates, Geek stuff

Byward Market produce, Ottawa

As it stands, I think that Scrabble favours spatial and numerical abilities a bit too strongly, while not doing as much as it could to highlight and exhibit vocabulary and anagramming skill. In response, I propose two minor rule changes, one fairly trivial and one much more game-changing.

First, when a player has a word challenged, it is necessary that they be able to provide a correct definition for it, as well. If the word is in the chosen dictionary and they are right about what it means, it remains on the board and the challenger misses a turn. If the word placer fails either test, they must take back the tiles and forfeit their turn.

Secondly, double and triple word and letter scores are disregarded. This makes creating long words with rare letters more valued than normal.

A fair bit of experimentation will be required to determine whether these rules actually improve the game in the manner desired. Thankfully, there should be a fair bit of scope for that, since Emily and I are now equipped with a board.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Emily July 7, 2008 at 9:39 am

We’re not?? What did you do to our Scrabble!!?

Milan July 7, 2008 at 9:44 am

Desperately trying to conjure a post of the day at 1:30am does not always produce top quality.

I will fix the error when I get home.

. July 7, 2008 at 10:17 am
. July 7, 2008 at 10:28 am
skylark July 7, 2008 at 10:41 am

Without a board — I like that… no boundaries. I shall throw my board out immediately!

Milan July 7, 2008 at 12:36 pm

Thankfully, there should be a fair bit of scope for that, since Emily and I are not now equipped with a board.

Anon July 7, 2008 at 7:19 pm

The bonus squares definitely test vocabulary and anagram skills.

Being able to find a word with a K or a Q or an X in a specific spot requires more word knowledge.

Milan August 4, 2008 at 6:56 pm

Texas Hold-Em Scrabble
Monday, August 4th, 2008

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