Sunday, February 27, 2005

# Posted 12:53 AM by Ariel David Adesnik  

SCRABBLE! I just discovered the joys of playing Scrabble online. If you go to the homepage for the Internet Scrabble Club, you can get yourself an ID and password in a matter of seconds. Then it just takes a couple of minutes to download the software for the game.

If you already are a Scrabble player, be it online or bricks-and-mortar style, the San Jose Scrabble Club has lots of good resources available, including the incredibly useful lists of two- and three-letter words. If you're serious about Scrabble, you've got to memorize those. If you play online, you can just keep the lists on your desktop in a separate browser window.

No, that isn't cheating. Since there is no way to enforce the rules in online Scrabble, you are allowed to use a dictionary. However, there is an honor code which says no Scrabble or anagram software is allowed, nor should you have someone sitting over your shoulder telling you what to do.

If you are concerned about playing someone who relies on that kind of firepower, all you have to do is find opponents with lower rankings who aren't as maniacally competitive.

So, if you are up for a good game and you happen to see that "oxblogger" is on line, I'd be glad to play.
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