Directions for the Game Scrabble

By Ron Augustine

Scrabble is a board game that can be played by two to four people. Players place words on the game board using small tiles of wood that have a single letter inscribed on them. Each letter tile is assigned a point value, and depending where a word is placed on the board, additional points can be gained. Whoever has the most points at the end of the game is the winner.

Setup

Each player picks seven letter tiles, all of which are taken at random from a pool of tiles (100 count) that is used throughout the game. Before tiles are taken for game play though, each player should pick a single tile at random to determine who goes first. Whoever gets the lowest letter in the alphabet begins, followed by the person to his left, and then around in that circle. Lay the board on a flat surface face-up, and remember to award the first word double points since it must be placed on the pink star tile in the middle of the board.

Playing

Using the seven letter tiles, each player must spell out a word with the letters he has. But he may only put a word down if it interconnects with a letter that is already on the board. For example, if the first player put down "CHEESE," and the second player had the letters "TIRE_XJ," he could place those first four letters (TIRE) next to the "S" in "CHEESE" to spell "TIRES."

If a word is not placed on a colored square on the board, then the points awarded shall only be those that appear on the letter tiles. However, proper multiplication must be awarded if a word or letter is placed on any colored square. For example, if "TIRES" is not on a colored square, and each tile is worth a single point, the player would receive five points for his turn. But if the "T" was place on a "Triple Letter Score" square, then that "T" is now worth three points.

In any given move, a player can place a single tile from his group of seven, or all seven at once. If he uses all seven at once, this is called a Bingo, and results in 50 additional points. After each turn, a player is responsible for replenishing his letters from the tile pool. If he does not refill his letter count back to seven before the next player's turn, he must wait until after he has played his next turn to get more tiles.

Make sure one person is always keeping score, adding points after each person's turn.

Words may be placed vertically and horizontally, up to down and left to right, but never upwards or right to left or diagonally. And two letters cannot be next to one another unless they are spelling something (just like a crossword puzzle).

Ending

Once the tile pool has emptied and a player has used all his tiles, the game is over. But players with remaining tiles must give them to the person who finished first, after which he adds up their point values and credits himself the remaining points.

About the Author

Ron Augustine is a rookie freelance writer and producer who has worked primarily in radio and print media for Chicago Public Radio's Sound Opinions, Relevant Magazine, WMBI Chicago and the Burnside Writers Collective. He graduated Moody College in 2007 with a degree in Communications.