Rating: 5.9 Fair
Popularity:26
Difficulty:Easy
Year:1948
Players: 2-4 players
Playing time: 90 minutes
Age:10+

Created by: Alfred Mosher Butts, C. Leslie Crandall, Michael Graves

Published by: (Unknown), Alga, Barnes & Noble

Alternate Names: Alfa-Pet, Alfapet, Board-script, BoardScript, Cris Cros

Description:

Scrabble is by far world's most popular word game. More than 100 million Scrabble games have been sold in 29 languages.

Two till four players compete to build high-scoring words on a crossword-like board in Scrabble.

Scrabble is designed by Alfred Mosher Butts. He created first Lexiko, a scoring word game, in the early 1930s and 1940.

Later, this game was called Criss Cross Words. In 1948, the game was first published commercially as Scrabble including a redesigned gameboard. Read here more about the history of Scrabble.

Today, the game is owned by Hasbro and by Mattel.

There are estimated 40 million leisure Scrabble players in the USA and Canada alone. Among 10.000 of them belong to nearly 300 clubs and meet every week to compete in over 200 official tournaments each year.

Scrabble Content

The game board is made up of cells in a square grid. The board is 15 cells wide and 15 cells high.

There are excatly 100 tiles to place on the game board: 2 blanks and 92 with a letter and value.

The various letters of the alphabet have different values, depending on the rarity and the difficulty in playing it:

  • 0 Points - Blank tile.
  • 1 Point - A, E, I, L, N, O, R, S, T and U.
  • 2 Points - D and G.
  • 3 Points - B, C, M and P.
  • 4 Points - F, H, V, W and Y.
  • 5 Points - K.
  • 8 Points - J and X.
  • 10 Points - Q and Z.

The site is also available in Dutch Language.

Prices:
Retail Price:$13
Amazon:$12
Ebay:$8

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Setup

Place all letter tiles in the pouch or facedown besides the board. Then mix or shuffle them.

Draw a letter to decide who will start to play. The one with the letter closest to "A" starts. A blank title beats any letter.

When both players draw the same letter, draw another one. Now return all letters to the pool and remix (shuffle) them. …



  1. Practice. You can buy Scrabble books and check the many useful practice tools available on the Internet.

  2. Consider balance at the letters on your rack.

    e.g. It might be smart to form a word eliminating double letters in your rack even if it's not the highest-scoring move you have available. …



Components

  • 2-sided gameboard
  • 101 letter tiles
  • 44 scoring chips
  • Instructions

Object of the Game

Cover the gameboard letters with matching letter tiles, and collect the most scoring chips by completing words.

Setup

  1. For this game, use the gameboard side with letters and pictures on the squares.

  2. The Kitty: Form the "kitty" by placing the scoring chips in a pile within reach of all players.

  3. The Pool: Turn all the letter tiles facedown within reach of all players, then mix them up.

  4. Draw seven tiles from the pool and place them faceup in front of you. All players do the same. …



Components

  • Game case
  • 100 Letter tiles
  • Letter pouch
  • 4 Racks

Setup

Letters: Place all letter tiles in the pouch, or facedown beside the board, and mix them up. Draw for first play. The player with the letter closest to "A" plays first.

A blank tile beats any letter. Return the letters to the pool and remix. All players draw seven new letters each and place them on their racks.

Scorekeeper: Pick a player to keep score on paper (not included).

Object of the Game

In the SCRABBLE game, players form interlocking words, crossword fashion, on the gameboard using letter tiles of different values. Each player competes for high score by taking advantage of the letter tiles, as well as the premium squares on the board. …



Components

  • Electronic Turbo Slam Unit with Storage Tray
  • 55 Letter Cards
  • 12 Action Cards
  • Instructions

Object of the Game

Race to get rid of your cards by playing them to change a four-letter word.

Be first to hit the Slam button when it makes the turbo sound, and you'll get to draw an action card which could help you get rid of even more cards! To win, be the first player to run out of the cards in your hand.

The Cards

The Letter Cards

You can play either side of a letter card. …



Components

  • Prize Tile Podium
  • 4 Scrabble player boards
  • 100 Scrabble letter tiles
  • tile bag
  • 4 player racks.

Object of the Game

To have the highest score at game's end when all 100 tiles have been used.

Setup

Place the Prize Tile Podium in the middle of the table. Give each player a player board and a tile rack, and place these as shown in the diagram.

Put all 100 tiles inside the tile bag. Each player selects 7 tiles (unseen) from the bag, and places them on his rack. Next, one player selects tiles from the bag and places them FACE UP on the Prize Tile Podium. …



Long Opening

A long first word opens the game up faster, so you may set a minimum length of 4, 5 or 6 letters for the first word placed on the board.

If the first player cannot make a word of the agreed-upon length, play passes until a player can do so.

Rearrange Letters

You are allowed to rearrange the letters of a word already on the board before adding one or more new tiles to it.

The final word (or words) must be acceptable. …



Impress your friends and family with SCRABBLE terminology. Our glossary will have you sounding like a SCRABBLE pro in no time. Just click on a letter to jump to that section of the glossary.

Abbreviations: DLS: Double Letter Score; DWS: Double Word Score; TLS: Triple Letter Score; TWS: Triple Word Score; ?: Blank; PTS.: Points.

Alphagram: The alphabetic arrangement of a group of letters. Example: BEGNU is the alphagram of the word BEGUN.

Anagram: A word that is spelled with the exact same letters as another word. Example: KITCHEN is an anagram of THICKEN, and vice versa. GAPE is an anagram of PAGE. …



During the Great Depression, an out-of-work architect named Alfred Mosher Butts decided to invent a board game. He did some market research and concluded that games fall into three categories: number games, such as dice and bingo; move games, such as chess and checkers; and word games, such as anagrams.

Butts wanted to create a game that combined the vocabulary skills of crossword puzzles and anagrams, with the additional element of chance. The game was originally named Lexico, but Butts eventually decided to call the game "Criss-Cross Words". …



Can you extend a word in two directions simultaneously in one turn? For instance, ARM is on the board, and I'd like to extend it to CHARMED in one turn? Is that within the rules

Yes, it is perfectly acceptable to extend in front of and/or at the end of a word in one turn, as long as all the letters are played in the same turn. So, in this case, since the C, H, E and D are all used to spell CHARMED, it's well within the rules to do so. …




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