I play Scrabble on line via Facebook. And I love it. I have had as many as 14 games going at once. So it's serious.
On-line Scrabble is different from regular board Scrabble in a couple of ways. One thing, which is just lovely, is that the game provides you with a handy-dandy list of all of the two-letter words known to mankind. Which kind of levels the playing field to a certain extent. There's also the fact that players don't have to worry about how long it takes for them to figure out what word to play. That's nice.
Then there's the serendipitous opportunity to do something amazing without having to make eye contact: I once played a very, very bad word on a triple word score spot and earned 39 points while at the same time using up one of those pesky C tiles. Yup, that word. 39 points is 39 points.
There's a certain amount of integrity
Another thing that's problematic is the putting together of letters into what might be a word and playing it. In the board version, one wouldn't be likely to do that because the opponent might challenge. But on line, if it's not a real word, the game won't accept it and if it is, well, how about that! What I'm getting at here is that there seems to be a great deal of playing by hunch rather than by knowledge. The other day an opponent played UNLIMES, and I think a blank was involved. In any event, it yielded more than 90 points, and I just turned right into a COW*. UNLIMES, for crying out loud. What are they? Lemons? Sheesh.
My second son is a Scrabble purist who longs for the days when playing a Q was a real challenge. One had to sweat it out until a U came along and then hope there was enough else to get the darned thing on the board. Z wasn't quite as bad. Now we have QI and QAT and, truth be told, I find I play one or the other of them almost automatically. And I don't feel good about it. Andrew exacts a promise of non-QI non-QAT play before he accepts an invitation to play on line, and I'm thinking his way really makes the game more fun.
I'd like to continue this rant. To go on and on and ON. But I can't. Because I have to go deal with IAYSZCD before Marilyn gets impatient. DAISY looks promising, but then there's that Z . . . .
*Cranky Old Woman