What is Scrabble? Here’s what you need to understand it
Scrabble is game related to vocabulary words that is played by two or four players. They can score points by arranging tiles that consist of alphabets. The alphabets must be placed in a way that forms a valid word. The board is divided into a grid of 15×15 squares to place the alphabets. The words can be formed like a crossword. The words can be placed in a left to right reading format or top to bottom reading format. The words must be a part of the common dictionary.
The name scrabble is legally a trademark of Mattel. However, in the United States of America and regions of Canada, it is a legal trademark of Hasbro. The game is currently available in 121 different countries. It comes in 29 different languages. Till now about 150 million games are sold across the world. There are also various gaming clubs that thrive on Scrabble word finder website.
Here’s what you need to understand it.
- The letters are mixed up in the beginning and the players and unaware of where the letters are placed.
- Each player picks up a random letter
- The player whose alphabet is the nearest to the letter A gets the chance to play first.
- The player gets 7 letters to start the game.
- Each square on the grid is market with a particular number. These numbers represent points.
- Certain squares are known as premium squares. These squares multiply the points scored by the player.
- The squares in the dark red colour triple the player’s points.
- The squares in the pale red colour double the player’s points.
- The colour scheme may be different on certain boards, like orange instead of red, depending on the manufacturer of the game.
- Common letters such as vowels – A, E, I, O, U, are considered normal and award only one point.
- Letters that are not used often – Q, Y, W, Z, X, are awarded higher points, up to 10 points.
- The letter S is often used to convert the words into plurals or verbalise the noun forms of the words. This usually makes the game too easy. Therefore, Alfred Butts made sure the game had only 4 units of the letter S to maintain the difficulty level.
- The player is allowed to place his or her word paraller to the previous word or adjacent to it as long as the words are not crossing over each other.
- A player is also allowed to do nothing in his turn and pass it off to the next player
- In case of a tie in the game, the player whose previous score was higher is considered a winner.
- While playing a tournament, a tie is awarded as a half win for both the players.
- Every added word by the player is scored separately. These scores are added up at the end to calculate the winning points.
- The first word must start in the centre square which is marked with a star for the sake of identification.
- The words are considered valid only if they have a minimum of two letters in them.
- The players are not allowed to form words diagonally.
- Players get their chances in a clockwise direction.
- The other players are allowed to challenge a previous player’s word. If they feel like the word does not exist in the dictionary or if the word appears to be spelled wrong, they can issue a challenge.
- If the word is not found in the dictionary or it is found to be spelt incorrectly, the player has to take his tiles back along with losing his turn.
- However, if the word is found to be valid, the player who challenged the word has to miss his or her turn and lose a chance.
- The players have to agree beforehand on which dictionary is to be used. They can choose to use a normal English dictionary. However, the official scrabble dictionary is preferred.
- If a dictionary is unavailable, the players can refer to an online scrabble dictionary.
- One player among all the players is responsible for calculating each individual player’s scores.
How does the game end?
The game is considered to be over when the players plays the last tile and no more tiles are available for picking. If tiles are remaining, they can be deducted from the player’s score points. Sometimes, every player is given one last chance to play the remaining tiles to prevent score deduction. If these tiles are not possible to be played, then the particular score is subtracted from the player’s score. At the end of this round, the player with the highest calculated score, after deducting the remaining tile’s points is considered the winner. The premium tile scores are calculated first while other points are taken at their respective face value for addition.
The game Scrabble can also be played online with virtual players. If required, the player can also choose to play the game with a computer opponent. One of the most well-known computer opponent is the Maven software. It uses an Artificial Intelligence algorithm for playing and is developed in North America by Atari. For players residing outside North America, the online scrabble game is available by Ubisoft.