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Scrabble To Allow Proper Nouns

CmdrTaco posted more than 4 years ago | from the you-gotta-be-kidding-me dept.

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Hogwash McFly writes "The rules of the popular word game Scrabble are soon to allow proper nouns. Mattel, the maker of the game, hopes the changes made for a new edition, released this July, will 'add a new dimension' to Scrabble and 'introduce an element of popular culture into the game.' With this rule change, the company hopes to target younger fans and families, although they will continue to sell the traditional version where 'Beyonce' and 'Facebook' are not permitted words." Nobody is listening to my suggestion to penalize by one tile any player who has memorized every two-letter English word.

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Hmm (3, Insightful)

TheSpoom (715771) | more than 4 years ago | (#31747840)

Wouldn't this mean you could claim that any name that has been given to anyone is a valid word?

Re:Hmm (4, Insightful)

eln (21727) | more than 4 years ago | (#31747878)

That was my thought as well. With all the weird names and alternate spellings people give their kids these days, pretty much any random combination of letters could be successfully argued as being a valid word. Personally, I think I'll stick with the old rules.

Re:Hmm (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31748010)

Yeah, there's appealing to the masses and then there's making it so your product no longer makes any sense. They've obvious chosen the Michael Bay approach.

Re:Hmm (4, Funny)

sortius_nod (1080919) | more than 4 years ago | (#31748154)

I'm going to start using qwyjibo as often as I can...

Re:Hmm (1)

gandhi_2 (1108023) | more than 4 years ago | (#31748184)

Just start a sourceforge project for every random hand of letters you always get stuck with.

qwyjibo would make a great python framework or something.

Re:Hmm (4, Funny)

Jazz-Masta (240659) | more than 4 years ago | (#31748276)

I'm going to start using qwyjibo as often as I can...

Why not, it's a perfectly cromulent word.

Re:Hmm (1)

HipToday (883113) | more than 4 years ago | (#31748490)

Such an attitude at the clinic will get you quoned by your doctor.

Re:Hmm (1)

MadKeithV (102058) | more than 4 years ago | (#31748458)

Jhusd'hui.
Pronounced exactly like you spell it.

Re:Hmm (3, Funny)

somersault (912633) | more than 4 years ago | (#31748402)

Crap - no vowels again! Oh well.. I name this table fhzbgyn. That's a 7 letter word, across two triple word scores! Sweet :D

Re:Hmm (1)

kyrio (1091003) | more than 4 years ago | (#31747886)

They'll likely have a Scrabble Pop Culture Edition "dictionary".

Re:Hmm (3, Insightful)

WarlockSquire (212901) | more than 4 years ago | (#31747984)

just partner with apple, and create an app that tells you whether a word is valid.
why leave it to question when there's money to be made providing the answer?

Re:Hmm (1)

NEDHead (1651195) | more than 4 years ago | (#31748280)

any combination of letters starting with a lower case i should work

Re:Hmm (2, Informative)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 4 years ago | (#31748130)

In the article, they admit that there are no "hard and fast rules". Gee, talk about dumbing down the game - Scrabble to cater to semi-literates [slushdot.com] . Like they even know what a proper noun is ...

Re:Hmm (1)

Hatta (162192) | more than 4 years ago | (#31748198)

Yes. This will never fly. I will not play Scrabble with such rules.

And if you're too lazy to memorize the 2 letter words, that's just your disadvantage.

Re:Hmm (4, Insightful)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 4 years ago | (#31748410)

The rules that I always used (from a version of the game that's a decade or so older than me) state no foreign words either, which eliminates a number of the words in the official word list. We play with a real dictionary, and if the word isn't in that or is but is marked as a proper noun, then you can't use it. The official word list has contained words that the rules say shouldn't be allowed for a long time.

Re:Hmm (1)

PsyciatricHelp (951182) | more than 4 years ago | (#31748348)

I don't get it. Other than electronic versions and people who like to go by written rules to the letter how does this change the game at all. Most people don't read the rules. is this new version gonna cost extra? I know some families who have been playing allowing proper nouns for years. My family plays with a dictionary on hand to use whenever with no penalties. So other than new programing How does this change anything?

Potentially any word or even letter combination... (1)

DABANSHEE (154661) | more than 4 years ago | (#31748436)

..can be a proper noun without breaking any traditional English language grammar constraints in regard what can be classified as a proper noun. Well that's the way I see it.

mhm. (4, Funny)

Pojut (1027544) | more than 4 years ago | (#31747850)

Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, triple word score. Suck it.

Re:mhm. (1)

Merls the Sneaky (1031058) | more than 4 years ago | (#31747872)

I can taste the curry!

Re:mhm. (1)

courteaudotbiz (1191083) | more than 4 years ago | (#31747962)

Bah, I'm sure that my name will beat you: Zhiwoumxy Quujosva. Placed all my 7 letters, +70. Placed Z and X on triple letter squares, +60. Completed 2 other words with them, +60. And so on...

Re:mhm. (1)

CTalkobt (81900) | more than 4 years ago | (#31748108)

Bah, I'm sure that my name will beat you: Zhiwoumxy Quujosva. Placed all my 7 letters, +70. Placed Z and X on triple letter squares, +60. Completed 2 other words with them, +60. And so on...

Uh, how many U's are there in the game?

Re:mhm. (2, Funny)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 4 years ago | (#31748162)

theres only 1 of me, u slly goose (2 bd scrbble stll doesnt allow 1-ltr wrds)

Re:mhm. (1)

theeddie55 (982783) | more than 4 years ago | (#31748182)

Bah, I'm sure that my name will beat you: Zhiwoumxy Quujosva. Placed all my 7 letters, +70. Placed Z and X on triple letter squares, +60. Completed 2 other words with them, +60. And so on...

Uh, how many U's are there in the game?

4 generally, unless you've lost some, i'd be more worried about how he placed his Z and X both on tripple letter scores when there are no tripple letter scores that far apart, or where he got the + 70 when you get 50 points for using all your letters.

Re:mhm. (1)

Thelasko (1196535) | more than 4 years ago | (#31748210)

Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, triple word score. Suck it.

Only a quijibo would use a Simpsons reference in a game of Scrabble.

Re:mhm. (1)

Pojut (1027544) | more than 4 years ago | (#31748372)

Apu's name is a perfectly cromulent choice for Scrabble!

Noooo! (1)

courteaudotbiz (1191083) | more than 4 years ago | (#31747864)

Leave Scrabble as it is right now! The fun of this game is that it is hard to make words. Please, do not make it easier to play it...

I just hope that tournaments will still implement plain old rules!

Hasbro and Mattel (5, Informative)

tepples (727027) | more than 4 years ago | (#31747966)

For one thing, the article is about the Mattel version. Hasbro sells Scrabble crossword game in the United States and Canada, while arch-rival Mattel controls it everywhere else, so North Americans need not worry. For another, the article states that Mattel is making the proper name rule optional: "It will continue to sell a board with the original rules."

Re:Hasbro and Mattel (2, Insightful)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 4 years ago | (#31748334)

Has it come across anyone people that they could have been playing by these rules all along?

I don't see why this affects anything at all.

Re:Hasbro and Mattel (1)

hansamurai (907719) | more than 4 years ago | (#31748482)

They have an advertising campaign now:

Now with Proper Nouns! Sponsored by Pepsi.

Acronyms (5, Funny)

LordHatrus (763508) | more than 4 years ago | (#31747866)

I'm waiting till they start to allow acronyms, so that we geeks can win with our multitude of TLAs.

Re:Acronyms (2, Funny)

Imagix (695350) | more than 4 years ago | (#31747926)

Forget acronyms... next up, l33t speak!

Re:Acronyms (3, Funny)

hyades1 (1149581) | more than 4 years ago | (#31747982)

FU

Sorry...couldn't resist. I tried. I really tried.

Rule change? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31747874)

Why would a rule change like that require a completely separate version of the game?

Oh - that's right - more sales.

Nevermind.

Sigh (4, Insightful)

Dyinobal (1427207) | more than 4 years ago | (#31747884)

So now it's scrabble for idiots. Maybe next we can have Jeopardy change to multiple choice.

Re:Sigh (3, Insightful)

dummondwhu (225225) | more than 4 years ago | (#31748034)

Not only that, but if people really want to use proper nouns, then what's to stop them currently? Because it's not written on the rules paper? Scrabble is about vocabulary, not about knowledge of popular culture.

Most surprising to me is that I even care, but the more I think about it, the more I do. Come on, Mattel!

Re:Sigh (1)

Kell Bengal (711123) | more than 4 years ago | (#31748114)

Most people who want to use proper nouns already do. However, do you notice how suddenly everyone is talking about Scrabble (TM). Could it be they're just trying to stir up controversy to increase their head-space and sell more boxes of Old Faithful (TM) before New and Inferior (TM) becomes the norm?

I don't think they really care that people see it as a case of watering down an intellectual challenge into a pop-cultural pissing match. All news is good news and they're only in it for the money.

Re:Sigh (2, Informative)

biryokumaru (822262) | more than 4 years ago | (#31748394)

Could it be they're just trying to stir up controversy to increase their head-space and sell more boxes of Old Faithful (TM) before New and Inferior (TM) becomes the norm?

Ah, yes. The rarely seen New Coke [snopes.com] fallacy.

Re:Sigh (1)

uxbn_kuribo (1146975) | more than 4 years ago | (#31748282)

Jeopardy has already dumbed itself down over the years to cater to the "Who Wants To Be a Millionaire" crowd.

Re:Sigh (1)

Chris Mattern (191822) | more than 4 years ago | (#31748494)

Maybe next we can have Jeopardy change to multiple choice.

I believe it was called "Who Want to Be a Millionaire?"

Nooooooo (1)

mjwalshe (1680392) | more than 4 years ago | (#31747888)

DO NOT WANT!

Re:Nooooooo (1)

Merls the Sneaky (1031058) | more than 4 years ago | (#31747986)

Then don't buy it, or buy it and play the original rules.

Dumbing things down (2, Insightful)

m93 (684512) | more than 4 years ago | (#31747896)

....one of the chief things that is causing our country to fail. As an avid boardgamer, I am offended and disgusted.

Re:Dumbing things down (5, Funny)

hoggoth (414195) | more than 4 years ago | (#31748170)

In related news, Parker Bros is releasing a new edition of RISK that uses a single coin instead of 5 dice. Heads you win, tails you lose.

Re:Dumbing things down (1)

warchildx (1695278) | more than 4 years ago | (#31748314)

Heads you win, tails you lose.

Heads "I" win, tails you lose. - Fixed that for you. makes the game that much funner.

Re:Dumbing things down (2, Funny)

TheCycoONE (913189) | more than 4 years ago | (#31748470)

When there are 2 defenders there's a possibility both players lose one so you'd need a 3 sided die

But...
3 attackers - 2 defenders (37.2% both, 33.6% one)
3 attackers - 1 defender (66.0%)
2 attackers - 2 defenders (22.8% both, 32.4% one)
2 attackers - 1 defender (57.9%)
1 attacker - 1 defender (41.7%)

are all different odds... so really you need two weighted three sided die, and three weighted coins (which incidentally brings us back up to 5 items, but at least no one needs to figure out which die have the most dots)

memorizing alphabetized letter lists (1)

peter303 (12292) | more than 4 years ago | (#31747904)

One of my MIT classmates said his technique to becoming world scrabble champ was to create alphabetized letter lists out of allowed words and memorize them. I dont know whether to believe him.

Re:memorizing alphabetized letter lists (1)

aicrules (819392) | more than 4 years ago | (#31747950)

He really just uses scrabulizer.com

Re:memorizing alphabetized letter lists (2, Funny)

famebait (450028) | more than 4 years ago | (#31748072)

Should have memorized definitions in stead. Especially of the word "game".

Re:memorizing alphabetized letter lists (2, Interesting)

LordLimecat (1103839) | more than 4 years ago | (#31748226)

A good house rule we use is you must be able to define and/or use the word in a sentence. If we then look the questionable word up, even if it is in the dictionary, it may be denied if your definition was way off.

As opposed to.... (1)

codeButcher (223668) | more than 4 years ago | (#31747906)

.... IMproper nouns.

Minor correction (4, Funny)

JonStewartMill (1463117) | more than 4 years ago | (#31747910)

"Mattel, the makers of the game, hope the changes made for a new edition, released this July, will "add a new dimension" to Scrabble and "dumb the game down so it can be enjoyed by a generation of near-illiterates". "

Re:Minor correction (2, Interesting)

0xdeadbeef (28836) | more than 4 years ago | (#31747952)

Scrabble, now for stupid people!

Re:Minor correction (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31748118)

It's the Scrabble Tea Party Edition! Me fail English? Unpossible. [flickr.com]

lower-case-f-acebook is a word.... (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31747922)

But... a facebook is a directory of faces and names for cramming before a social event.
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/facebook

And Facebook was named after facebook.

It's an optional ruleset, folks. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31747924)

Nothing more than that. Don't want to allow 'SUBARU' then don't play the ridiculous proper name rules. The tournament & club play word list has been forked from the mainstream "official" word list for years now.

Nothing to see here, move on.

I am waiting for the match between... (2, Insightful)

linzeal (197905) | more than 4 years ago | (#31747942)

I am eagerly awaiting the matchups between people that listen to celebrity gossip and kids who play video games. Literature professors and Philosophy of Science majors should be fun too. Seriously, there are so many different fields with famous figures, creative works with dozens of 100's of characters and even worse think of Pokemon. I am not fucking accepting a Pokemon character as a valid word, no way.

Re:I am waiting for the match between... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31748014)

Protip: Words are what you make of them.

Re:I am waiting for the match between... (1)

CraftyJack (1031736) | more than 4 years ago | (#31748218)

I am not fucking accepting a Pokemon character as a valid word, no way.

Yeah, but "qat" is perfectly fine.

"Penalize" by one tile? (1)

Tetsujin (103070) | more than 4 years ago | (#31747964)

So let me get this straight - if I memorize all the 2-letter words, then I can get my 50 point "bingo" bonus on a six tile play instead of seven? Sign me up for that!

(I do agree that it's a bit of a problem when people study the game to the point that they learn useless vocabulary just for the sake of laying down five or six two-letter words in a single play... Though I think this sort of problem is unavoidable. Whatever the conditions of the game, people will find ways to exploit them. Mario Kart penalizes whoever's leading the race, hence smart players trail the leader until the end of the race... I think a better solution to the two-letter problem might be to just print all the two-letter words on a handy reference card and give copies to all players.)

Re:"Penalize" by one tile? (1)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 4 years ago | (#31748236)

I think a better solution to the two-letter problem might be to just print all the two-letter words on a handy reference card and give copies to all players.)

As is done on Scrabble's online site! Who'd a thunk!

I am not an avid Scrabbler in that I don't go to tournaments or anything like that, but I do pull it out every other weekend to play with either the girlfriend or room mates. Sometimes we don't limit ourselves to the dictionary, in fact, last November we had a "Computer Science Terms" Scrabble, where you would get double the points if you listed a popular Computer entity (Java, or Linux), regular points for computer based acronyms, (HTML), but you had to be able to explain items the other players haven't heard of, which would be immediately followed by a google or a wikipedia of the subject. And if there was a miss-spelling or innaccuracy in the explanation, the player would lose points.

And when we're feeling adventurous, me and the girlfriend like to play "Naughty Scrabble" where you get bonus points for dirty words. I know, we're so sinful!

Re:"Penalize" by one tile? (1)

Jerf (17166) | more than 4 years ago | (#31748342)

We play with a House Rule whereby all players are simply given the list of two-letter words. We have no intention of ever competing in a tournament, and this is nearly equivalent to memorizing them.

It actually moves things along. There's enough valid two-letter words that it makes legal moves where there didn't used to be, and now we far more rarely have the problem where the entire board is basically consumed, everybody still has tiles, and there's "nowhere" left to play. Now the play board ends up more compact and we more rarely end up with "nowhere" to move.

I recommend it.

Was this really necessary? (2, Insightful)

f3rret (1776822) | more than 4 years ago | (#31747970)

Well like the topic says, did we really need a patch for Scrabble?

I mean it's not like there is something built into the game that prevents people from using house rules , nor is there (far as I am aware) any professional Scrabble scene so it is not like there is any great need for an official revision of the Scrabble rules.

Re:Was this really necessary? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31748042)

nor is there (far as I am aware) any professional Scrabble scene

I was going to post a link to the professional scrabble association just to show you how wrong you are, but Google says their web site is malware infected.

So consider yourself informed!

Re:Was this really necessary? (2, Informative)

Jer (18391) | more than 4 years ago | (#31748082)

nor is there (far as I am aware) any professional Scrabble scene so it is not like there is any great need for an official revision of the Scrabble rules.

Don't know what you mean by "professional Scrabble scene" but there are a good number of Scrabble tournaments around the world. I doubt the folks in the Scrabble tournaments play Scrabble as their only job, but there are cash prizes.

I don't know what the tournaments will do with this rule. My guess is that they will ditch it - it would be too hard to adjudicate in a tournament setting, I'd think.

irritating scrabble players (1)

SuperBanana (662181) | more than 4 years ago | (#31747978)

Nobody is listening to my suggestion penalize any player who has memorized every 2 letter english word by 1 tile.

Yep, though you mean "every 2 letter word in the Scrabble Dictionary."

It's basically cheating. If you are a talented scrabble player, you should be better able to use the tiles you have, not memorize crutches.

Re:irritating scrabble players (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 4 years ago | (#31748032)

If you are a talented scrabble player, you should be better able to use the tiles you have, not memorize crutches.

Right! And this is why any English-speaking Scrabble player should be penaltized! Memorizing the English language is basically cheating at Scrabble.

Wait, what?

Re:irritating scrabble players (1)

etymxris (121288) | more than 4 years ago | (#31748262)

Well the issue is that there are many words no one will ever come across in their entire life except on a scrabble board. I immediately lost interest in scrabble as soon as I realized winning was a measure of memorizing disused words.

And scrubs too (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 4 years ago | (#31748148)

It's basically cheating.

Scrub [sirlin.net] .

If you are a talented scrabble player, you should be better able to use the tiles you have

And you are better able to use the tiles you have if you know which combinations of those tiles are a legal play.

Scrabble is pattern matching (1)

AlpineR (32307) | more than 4 years ago | (#31748238)

Scrabble is not a language game. It's not about being well-read and knowing the definition of many words. It's about memorizing a list of acceptable patterns and applying those patterns to score points while denying points to your opponent.

Allowing proper nouns actually makes the game harder since it produces a much longer list to memorize and much more difficulty in preventing your opponent from scoring. So this optional rules change pleases the newbies ("Wow, that's so much easier!") and challenges the non-snobby pros ("Crap, I've got 50,000 names to memorize and evaluate.")

Penalize by one tile... (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 4 years ago | (#31748006)

Would a 1-tile penalty really be that much of a disadvantage to someone who’s trying to make 2-letter words?

Re:Penalize by one tile... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31748168)

You obviously haven't had the opportunity to smite someone by placing "Z" next to two "O"s or "A"s (or one of each!) on top of a double-letter or double-word scoring tile for 40 points.

scrabble to allow LOL and OMG (4, Funny)

OrangeTide (124937) | more than 4 years ago | (#31748016)

Now considered part of online and texting culture, Mattel has decided to allow "words" such as LOL, OMG, and BFF.
To play this enhanced game, Mattel hopes to sell new copies of the game worldwide. Also slated for late 2010 is a version with exclamation points and other punctuation.
A Mattel representative presenting the new variants on the classic brand, "We have not decided if you earn points or lose points for excessive punctuation. LOL!!11!"

Re:scrabble to allow LOL and OMG (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 4 years ago | (#31748132)

A Mattel representative presenting the new variants on the classic brand, "We have not decided if you earn points or lose points for excessive punctuation. LOL!!11!"

Actually, there will be two generally-opposing scoring categories: “coolness” and “utility”. Now, players can choose how they want to be a winner according to their personal style and preference!

Although long words using uncommon letters are considered “uncool”, they have greater “utility”; whereas “LOL!!11!” has a negative “utility” score but would be scored very highly for “coolness”.

Coming to stores soon...

Can't wait for the "any language allowed" version. (1)

Rhaban (987410) | more than 4 years ago | (#31748026)

The french version of scrabble has a value of 10 for the W and Y letters, because they are in very few words. If only I was allowed tu use english words....

(And german words. The german language is full of letters never found in any other language).

Re:Can't wait for the "any language allowed" versi (1)

Errol backfiring (1280012) | more than 4 years ago | (#31748268)

Yes, an UTF-8 version would be nice!
I once made a "The Hague" version for a friend of mine, with all kinds of accents that beautify the The Hague dialect. Off course, I also invented some new rules, such as "Wat je leg mot je je bek ùit kunne krège" (You must be able to pronounce what you lay down) and off course all illnesses gave extra points.

Re:Can't wait for the "any language allowed" versi (1)

NewbieProgrammerMan (558327) | more than 4 years ago | (#31748384)

And german words.

Yeah but you'd need an extra 5-gallon bucket full of tiles if you're gonna allow people to use German words.

Two-letter words (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31748040)

Nobody is listening to my suggestion penalize any player who has memorized every 2 letter english word by 1 tile.

Personally, I prefer the opposite solution: just provide everyone playing with a complete list of two-letter words and let them consult it as they play.

I guess I don't know much about Scrabble (1)

DIplomatic (1759914) | more than 4 years ago | (#31748064)

I guess I don't know much about Scrabble. Do you really need to buy a new version of the game to allow proper nouns? Is there more to it than Mattel saying "Btdubs, in case you hadn't made a house rule about this already, it's okay to use proper nouns."

We've created some custom 'modifier tiles' (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31748070)

They're played by stacking them under the normal tiles and extend the rules. So far, we've got 2 new modifiers..

1. 'Lewis and Clark' --- allows words to continue past the edge of the board

2. 'Dan Quayle' --- lets you misspell words (so long as it's sensible --- potatoe for potato works, znqbrflx for aardvark doesn't)

Since these tiles could be so powerful, we penalized them by halving the total score for any words created using them...

We also experimented with various punctuation tiles; hyphens and apostrophes, but didn't really feel that they enhanced the pleasure of the game at all....

Re:We've created some custom 'modifier tiles' (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 4 years ago | (#31748442)

Those are actually cool modifications...

Does the “Lewis and Clark” tile have to be played on the board, or can it itself be placed off the board? Does one “Lewis and Clark” tile open a new gateway to the frontier so that subsequent words can follow it by playing off the first one (assuming they can’t also span the edge of the board)? Would Lewis and Clark have been successful in their expedition without the guidance of Sacajawea, and should this be woven into the game in some manner?

I like the name of the “Dan Quayle” tile, but I also think that its play should also require a subsequent Google of the word; if the search results indicate “Did you mean ____” with the correct spelling of the word then the word is permitted, otherwise you remove the tiles and forfeit both the tiles and your turn. (Forfeited tiles should be returned to the tile bag and thoroughly mixed in. Or the rules might say that the “Dan Quayle” tile itself is out of play permanently... I’m not sure which would be better.)

But how about these, for a few more semi-serious ideas:

“Google top hit” — If played under any word, the word is then looked up in Google. If there are more than 1,000,000 hits for that exact word, its point score is doubled after all other modifiers (including double- or triple-word scores) are applied; if less than 1,000,000 hits, its score is dropped by 50%. Any sequence of letters would be allowed, and those exact letters would be searched in Google, with the exception that if the word was also played on a “Dan Quayle” tile, the “Did you mean” link should be followed and the larger of the two sets of search results should be used (in the rare case that the misspelled word has more Google hits).

“Wikipedia 7 degrees of separation” — The word must be looked up on Wikipedia. If no Wikipedia article exists for that word, the tiles are removed and both the tiles and the turn are forfeit with no points. If the article does exist, the player who placed the word has 7 clicks to reach the Wikipedia article for either Jesus Christ or Adolf Hitler (player’s choice, but must be announced prior to the first click). If the player succeeds, the point value of the word (after any other modifiers are applied) is doubled; if not, cut by 50%. Disambiguation pages count as a click.

lolspeak allowed? (1)

Itninja (937614) | more than 4 years ago | (#31748080)

I wonder how long before lolspeak will be accepted. I know my daughter would love to put 'kthxbai' as a real word.

FTW (5, Funny)

crispi (131688) | more than 4 years ago | (#31748088)

1) Change your name via Deed-Poll to the letters left in your rack.
2) Place letters on board
3) ???
4) Profit!

Mic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31748094)

Isn't it absurd? They are going so sell two versions of the game with only one difference in the rules? Or I am missing something?

Silly (1)

CopaceticOpus (965603) | more than 4 years ago | (#31748156)

They're selling two different versions of the game? Is the new version the same as the old, with the word "not" whited out in one section of the rulebook?

This should sell well among those people who believe that the rulebooks that come with games are legally enforceable. I've been playing Uno with homespun rules for years, so I guess I'm the type of guy who likes to live on the edge.

Re:Silly (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31748204)

I've been playing Uno with homespun rules for years, so I guess I'm the type of guy who likes to live on the edge.

Bet you were shooting horse when playing too.

Re:Silly (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31748242)

They're selling two different versions of the game? Is the new version the same as the old, with the word "not" whited out in one section of the rulebook?

This should sell well among those people who believe that the rulebooks that come with games are legally enforceable. I've been playing Uno with homespun rules for years, so I guess I'm the type of guy who likes to live on the edge.

Maybe someone will call 911, because you play with new rule version, but you have only old rule version :-)

Wow (1)

kenp2002 (545495) | more than 4 years ago | (#31748200)

Score 1 for the Idiocracy. Doesn't that undermind the whole fundamental of Scrabble in spelling (yes as in spelling) words correctly and scoring points for doing so?

Re:Wow (1)

mic47 (936017) | more than 4 years ago | (#31748400)

I believed all my life, that scrabble is not about spelling, but about finding the right words. But my native language is different and spelling is not a big problem for the most of the people.

OMGWTFBBQ (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31748230)

The Game.

Stupid (1)

Lord Bitman (95493) | more than 4 years ago | (#31748232)

The reason this rule was there in the first place was to prevent two things:
  1) "No really! aQrzzxxq! My best friend when I was six!"
  2) "No really! aQrzzxxq! I've got the birth certificate right here, and I'll show it to you as soon as I get back from the hospital!"

Re:Stupid (1)

radja (58949) | more than 4 years ago | (#31748332)

3) No really, aQrzzxxq is brand of peanut butter in Upper Mongolia.

silly? yes, but brand names are allowed, and these need not be english brand names. It could be an Upper Mongolian brand, a dutch name or a tunesian company.

Scrabble is produced by Hasbro (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31748246)

So why does Mattel get to rewrite the rules to Scrabble which is owned and produced by Hasbro? http://www.hasbro.com/scrabble/en_US/ [hasbro.com] My guess is that someone at the BBC didn't do their research.

I wonder how a German Scrabble works with... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31748284)

... Hottentottenstottertrottelmutterlattengitterkotterbeutelrattenattentäter

Chuck Norris would appear and fight till death with Bruce Lee, and the world explodes with a Death Star laser beam.

QQ (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31748292)

QQ

Doesn't need an official 'rule change' (1)

daveewart (66895) | more than 4 years ago | (#31748298)

If you want to play and allow proper nouns, then you don't need an official 'rule change' to do so. You just say to your fellow players "Hey, chaps, shall we allow proper nouns, then?"

And if the new 'offical rules' say that proper nouns are allowed, then you don't have to go along with it. You say to your fellow players "Hey, chaps, let's play Old School Scrabble: no proper nouns!"

Surely people do this all the time, where you have your own House Rules?

George Ohr (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31748302)

Now we can use such gems as the names of George Ohr's children: Leo, Clo, Lio, Oto, Flo, Zio, Ojo and Geo.

'PEDOBEAR' (1)

Average_Joe_Sixpack (534373) | more than 4 years ago | (#31748338)

= 4 + 1 + 2 + 1 + 4 + 1 + 1 + 1
= 15 x 3 (triple word score applied once)
= 45 + 35 point bonus
= 80

House Rules (4, Insightful)

Baby Duck (176251) | more than 4 years ago | (#31748426)

Always play with House Rules
  1. 1. No foreign units. Especially not foreign currencies.
  2. 2. No "spellings" of "letters". Example: Why is "en" in the Scrabble Dictionary as a "spelling" of the pronounciation of the letter "n" ??!?
  3. 3. Despite #2, spellings of Greek letters are allowed (example: "alpha") since they are used in so many disciplines
  4. 4. No abbreviations! No to "amp", "ref", "ex", etc. Or while we are at it, "etc" itself.
  5. 5. No Old English or Middle English words or spelling variants

This is ridiculous.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31748472)

When I was younger I set about learning new vocabulary words just so I could beat my father at Scrabble. It's a great way to teach new words to kids. This rule, on the other hand, throws that completely out the window.

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