I don’t like playing Scrabble anymore…

Greece
July 12, 2016 2:23pm CST
Several years ago Scrabble was a favourite pastime for me, my husband and I played it together and visitors often joined us in a game. It was fun and providing a dictionary was at hand to check a word or a dubious spelling there was no disagreement and the best man won. This is not the case anymore. A quick mind and a reasonable vocabulary is no longer the best way to win, now it is a case of knowing acceptable pairs of letters to create a high score. Words such as qis, zo,qin,li,ohu are the winning choices now. I discovered this when my daughter challenged me to play a Scrabble style game on line. I had no idea what the words she used meant, the dictionary that came with the game simply confirmed that the word was genuine, but not what it meant. I felt she was cheating! She said it was the way things were. I discovered that the only way to solve the problem was to play as she did and just try some weird words and combinations in the hope that they would be accepted. Amazingly they often were… The game has a different board layout to the original Scrabble and the net result is that most of the words vary in length from two letters to four, thus avoiding giving double and triple opportunities to the opponent. In desperation I tried a game with the real Scrabble version on line. I played the computer which accepted, jo, zo,za and produced some very weird words indeed. None of which were in my dictionary, in spite of this I won the game but it did not give me any pleasure.
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@jaboUK (53936)
• United Kingdom
12 Jul 16
I wouldn't enjoy playing like that either. I haven't played for years as no-one I know likes to play anymore.
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• United States
12 Jul 16
me! i adore scrabble'n the board! perhaps if'n i e'er cross the ocean ya can whoop'p'n me a game'r 2 out'n yer lovely garden while we sip our tea :D
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@jaboUK (53936)
• United Kingdom
12 Jul 16
@crazyhorseladycx Sounds perfect to me
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• Greece
15 Jul 16
@crazyhorseladycx If you fancy it you can always do it online - we could still sup tea. I play as Marion Caragounis on Words with Friends. I usually lose...
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@Corbin5 (106411)
• United States
12 Jul 16
I play a free online game called Bookworm. I, too, will try combinations of letters to make words to score. I have a ton of words I use often for which I haven't a clue as to what they mean and I am not looking them up either, but they work.
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• Greece
15 Jul 16
They've won you over Debbs - but if you can't beat them why not join them and enjoy a little challenge from time to time.
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@MALUSE (40207)
• Germany
12 Jul 16
You can certainly go on playing your old-style scrabble, can't you? Who can hinder you?
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• Greece
15 Jul 16
The problem is that once you know how to cheat to win it is hard to play simple and honest again!
• Greece
15 Jul 16
@41CombedaleRoad I should add that I play with my husband but even our game has been corrupted a little, the desire to win is overwhelming!!
• United States
12 Jul 16
You are right, I played online and I didn't like it! The people I were playing with made those types of words!
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@JudyEv (123286)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jul 16
One friend that we played Scrabble with was a whiz with all the tricks and strange words and we got used to them too. But it spoilt the game when we played with those who weren't used to such words. Now we tend to play Upwords instead which doesn't rely on such strange combinations of letters.
• Greece
15 Jul 16
I've got Upwords but we never quite understood how it worked...
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@JudyEv (123286)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Jul 16
@41CombedaleRoad Do you have the rules? Once you have a word on the board, you can play like ordinary Scrabble but you can also put tiles on top of what's there. You must leave one of the original tiles showing. So if you had 'dirt' on the board, you can put 'shirt', 'dunk', 'sift' 'curt' - anything as long as one tile stays the same You can build up to five tiles high. It gives a lot of options.
• Greece
19 Jul 16
@JudyEv that explains a lot|! Thank you Judy, now we can get it out of the cupboard and enjoy it.
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• New Delhi, India
12 Jul 16
What type of game is this scrabble?
@JESSY3236 (6509)
• United States
13 Jul 16
@ModernDayWriter Scrabble is a word board game. You build on words and get points for the words.
• New Delhi, India
13 Jul 16
@JESSY3236 I played it on paper, 'word building'
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• Greece
15 Jul 16
It is a bit like building a crossword puzzle with tiles on a board.
@LadyDuck (157611)
• Switzerland
13 Jul 16
Most of the board games are much better played in real world with real people, computers are cheaters.
• Greece
15 Jul 16
I agree but it did get a little tense with my daughter, it is much easier to cope with a cheating computer than a daughter coming up with meaningless words.
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@LadyDuck (157611)
• Switzerland
15 Jul 16
@41CombedaleRoad I suppose you are right. I have played poker several times with the computer and it is a real cheater.
• United States
12 Jul 16
bless yer heart, i despise the online scrabble's well. miss havin' someone to play with me'n my 30 somethin' year ol' board game here't the house. shame we don't live closer, eh? i'd one gal i started playin' with who asked me to bear with her, she'd only a 9th grade education. 'fter several weeks'f playin' with her, she started spittin' out some really odd words that e'en i'd nary a clue'n noperz - not'n my ol' webster neither. she finally told me she used'n app where she plugged'n the letters'n it told her the diff'rent words she could make. she didn't consider such cheatin', but i certainly did :(
• Greece
15 Jul 16
I have suspected that my opponents are doing the same thing. The words that get dropped on to the board have never been inside a dictionary. If I play regular scrabble online there is a teacher who pops up and tells me how I could have done better had I used another combination. This is rarely a word in my vocab or dictionary but it is an eye opener....I know then why I always lose.
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• United States
15 Jul 16
@41CombedaleRoad pitiful that some resort to such, aint't? here i always thought that word games were to build ones own vocabulary'n spellin' skills. don't'cha wish their puters'd jest 'xplode when they do such??
@skysnap (17817)
12 Jul 16
After some time scrabble becomes a bit boring.
• Greece
15 Jul 16
It certainly does, and if you play sitting with a board you get backache and if you play with a computer you get tired eyes...
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@skysnap (17817)
15 Jul 16
@41CombedaleRoad that is what happens most of the time.
• United States
12 Jul 16
I lost the thrill of playing Scrabble years ago for basically the same reasons as you
• Greece
15 Jul 16
Times have changed and this is another loss as far as I concerned. Glad to know you feel the same.
@divalounger (2252)
• United States
12 Jul 16
I do think these online versions come up with some very odd words--but I still like playing--although it is always better to play a live version of it I think--
• Greece
15 Jul 16
It fills up odd moments or when we need to shut out the world for a little while. Not a bad thing when the news is so disturbing.
@Hatley (164654)
• Garden Grove, California
12 Jul 16
I can underastand why it lost its fun I liked thge old version but using odd words without meanings that I understand would turn me off
• Greece
15 Jul 16
My suspicion is that the younger generation do not know how to spell, do not have a wide vocabulary and do not spend time thinking about their next move. Only this new cheating using any old kind of combination works for them and if they can refer to an 'apps' that suits them even better.
@sabtraversa (13326)
• Italy
25 Aug 16
That was the same with Ruzzle, I don't understand why, but there are so many strange words. I love word games but they aren't very competitive online, it's better to set your own rules, just in case. There's no brain effort anymore nowadays, customers want the easy things and companies want to get as much money as they can. This is how it works with most videogames.
@marlina (73884)
• Canada
31 Jul 16
I wouldn't want to play Scrabble that way either. I play Scrabble mostly in French but the old fashioned way. Words such as qis, zo,qin,li,ohu : to me that is not right!
@KnehKnah (3475)
• Philippines
22 Jul 16
If it's how it is played, I will not have fun playing it too. I'd rather stick with the "original" format where we get to hit the triple & double word blocks in glee!
@boiboing (12565)
• Northampton, England
13 Jul 16
My husband's dyslexic and my sister cheats so scrabble doesn't do well in my family.
@rina110383 (24134)
13 Jul 16
This is my favorite boardgame. We used to play this in law school where the only words allowed are legal terms. I missed playing it.
@sol_cee (15504)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
12 Jul 16
Winning the game because of those strangely combined words isn't satisfying for me either.