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August 17, 2005

Fun With Words

Filed under: Rambles — lmwalker @ 1:07 pm

Have I mentioned my favorite game?

What is yours?



  1. Word games? This one, of course.

    Games, in general, this one, although this has always had a place in my heart.

    Games of Chance, this.

    Comment by auntlori — August 17, 2005 @ 1:43 pm

  2. Please say it ain’t so! Horrible…HORRRRIBBLE! I’m shocked and appalled. I guess everyone has a fault or two.

    I mean, its bad enough that millions of old people play this game [some alone because their spouse is no longer with them]…but adding to that the fanatics out there….

    I am at a loss for words.

    Comment by Andrew P. — August 17, 2005 @ 1:45 pm

  3. I am at a loss for words.

    . . . which is probably why you don’t care for the game. 😛

    Comment by laura — August 17, 2005 @ 2:22 pm

  4. No no, I don’t care for the game for a number of reasons, mainly that letters are the basic building blocks of language… and that expression of language should not be constricted by a set of arbitrary rules. Scrabble is a game for those poor spellers out there who were never good in grade school and are now trying to make up for it by memorizing the 2 and 3 letter words in the Official Scrabble Dictionary.

    Actually, you might find it interesting that the same reasons I hate Scrabble are the same reasons I love Perl!

    Look at it this way…. how come some Latin words are in the Official Scrabble Dictionary while others are not? What about modern slang terms that are not contained in said dictionary? Why can’t I use formal names of famous people (like Euclid…I can only assume that euclidian is in the dictionary, but you never know). How bout acronymns that are ubiquitous (a word that could HARDLY be played because its far too long of a word)?

    Boggle, to me, is more interesting. And I’m not a big fan of Boggle either.

    I know I am not alone. We must unite to form coalitions against the evils of Scrabble. After all, it was invented by a guy named Butts, so it must be sh*t.

    Now, Probe and Clue are great games.

    To quote a blog post: In fact, I hate Scrabble. Nothing takes the joy out of language more efficiently. -adam

    I hate Scrabble. I despise, to the deepest little part of my heart, Scrabble. I refuse to play it… -wolfa

    My sentiments exactly.

    Comment by Andrew P. — August 17, 2005 @ 3:16 pm

  5. …I don’t like scabble…

    Comment by Alistair A. — August 17, 2005 @ 6:08 pm

  6. Boggle is cool ’cause it’s a level playing field. The same information is available to everybody.

    Troque is teh roXOrs. Look it up. With 4 players, it’s total mayhem.

    Favorite game… hmmm. Nigh impossible to say. I love them all. 🙂

    Comment by Chrispy — August 17, 2005 @ 11:01 pm

  7. I always liked Shadowlord when I was a kid, and Dark Tower (which I sold to a kid 2 years ago at a garage sale for $10….man, I didn’t know it was worth $150-$350….hope he enjoys it!).

    Currently I enjoy Settler’s of Catan, Apples to Apples, Fluxx, Ticket to Ride [Europe], Carcassonne, as well as Cashflow 101 & 202.

    Playing Shadowlord as an adult, it reminded me a little like M:TG the way it plays out, as the ‘battle’ outcomes are determined by your strategy, rather than pure luck. I’ll have to break that out and play it again sometime. Too bad I lost the manual….. and a couple years later…I am reminiscing about playing Dark Tower…and am kicking myself for selling it. It was a great game, what with the ‘Brigands’ and all that….was tremendous fun.

    Comment by Andrew P. — August 18, 2005 @ 11:32 am

  8. Laura you are a Scrabble fan?!!!!

    I have known you this long and I don’t think we have ever played — and sometimes we have played after Bible study!!!

    I do admit to frustration with the newest Scrabble dictionary — but the game is wonderful!


    Comment by Brian Preston — August 23, 2005 @ 6:04 pm

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