The following guide, though not exhaustive, is meant to give upcoming players a perspective on how they can improve their word-study habits and also improve their game-play tremendously.
In my opinion, every Scrabbler has a unique way of expressing themselves on the board even when we all share a few match-winning principles. While at it, I don’t think it is possible to coach a player from nothingness to a fully established player. Every day, a scrabbler assesses their own abilities and seeks ways to improve their game. So if you are worried whether you are doing enough to get to the next level, the answer is always a blank. It depends, but so long as you are moving forward, worry not about your speed.
I am looking forward to receive contributions from players at all level to make this guide more interesting and more resourceful for the benefit of the new generation Scrabbler.
Class quiz: Eleza mukdatha wa dondoo hii; “Ni kitambo sana tangu nicheze hii game. Nimerust sana!”
The answer is you have to improve your word power. To do this, I will give below, tools and methods to help you remove rust or better your game.
PART ONE: RECOMMENDED APPS
Below are softwares that you can use on your phone to better your game
Phone Applications: For Android and Iphone
Lets you try quizzes on the go, you can modify your search to suit your needs and also specify the number of quizzes you want to try. You can check out the app from Playstore, explore its other features and have some fun as you learn.
This App might change names often but the dictionary is normally CSW(recent).
Shows anagrams, Subanagrams, patterns and much more.
For me, this app stands out for showing all the Subanagrams in an orderly manner within a limited space. No wonder it is common among Osaka players.
SCRABBLE WORD CHECKER
Shows limited meanings and alternative words, as such you can predict inflections and the group a word belongs to e.g., mother is a verb, thus mothered and mothering are correct, mothering is a noun also, so we can have motherings.
Offers limited search options, word checker and a game timer. Quite compact.
It does not contain rice.
Stands out for showing hooks and allows you to check for further hooks by setting the click on word command. The click on word command allows you to decide what happens when you click on a searched word, for instance, show hooks or anagrams and so much more. Download Hoot and find out what “so much more “is on your own.
When you can breathe no more, play some simpler stuff.
For a programmer, this is how we code in Scrabble.
PC Applications: Windows/Linux/IOS
Besides Zyzzyva being a valid word, it is a valid aid to word mastery.
It is fast, shows word type, alternatives and inflection.
You need to explore and master the various features available as they will help you in your advanced quizzes later.
Cardbox system- think of a box in your room, let us call it a cardbox. At the bottom are words that you know very well and as you approach the top, they get stranger and words like INTERSTRATIFY are found on the surface. A cardbox helps you master a given word list thoroughly but it might be costly in terms of time. Cardbox is not a valid scrabble word, just to let you know. Think outside the box!
QUIZZES– If you are in no hurry consider typing in your responses, else use flashcard mode. However, I strongly recommend against flashcard mode for quizzes you are not familiar with.
Learn how to use QUIZZES below
Well, if you didn’t know Quackle exists, I would like to remind you that it takes d and s back hooks.
Quackle shows move options and helps you improve your decision making process during games especially when your rack looks unpleasant ( for lack of a better word).
It also allows you to lose. With the difficult AI levels, it should always be a good challenge and you should celebrate every win whenever it comes along.
This is a web interface that allows you to play online against humans or bots or boths, sorry both.
ISC is simple, straight-forward and fast. Furthermore, tracking is done for you which is both an advantage and a disadvantage.
On the flipside, it requires a paid account to review your games and hooks for the words on the board but if you upgrade your account this becomes an advantage.
Kindly be diligent to get an actual assessment of your progress and a realistic gaming experience as well. Don’t forget to be nice while exchanging conversations with your opponents too.
For instance, when Mawondo played BROMINE to take the lead while blocking the only bingo lane available, I typed, “BRO that’s MINE” and he quickly apologized. Of course, there has to be some chemistry between the two of you to permit such an exchange.
If used well, ISC can work wonders to keep you occupied and improving.
More like ISC but all is free and you can export games to quackle. Woogles is really cool only that many players haven’t shifted there yet. Be those many players.
Aerolith is a web app written by César Del Solar. Its main goal is to provide a fun and fast-paced way to learn words quickly. It is particularly popular among tournament Scrabble players but you can also use it for Boggle, Words with Friends, or any other word game! We even have some people that just like anagramming for fun and have gotten freakishly good.
The main program, Wordwalls, is quite simple. We present you with many challenges, once a day, where 50 scrambled words are shown to you and you must solve them as quickly as possible. You can also upload your own word lists, play some prepared lists of useful words, or search by probability.
The following video shows you the basics and how to get started.
Xerafin is an online study environment for word games. The website is under constant development and designed with the concept of word study being a social activity that is both addictive and highly competitive!
As long as you have internet access and a supported browser everything should work. Xerafin adjusts its layout to your desktop, laptop, pad or phone and remains in sync with all of them.
Find as many subanagrams as you can against the clock. Review the answers and discover new words to add to your study routine.
PART TWO: WORD LISTS
“All words are equally important,” that’s what they say. Understanding is organized cramming; I just wrote that.
As you try to learn new words endeavour to make your word lists as short as possible preferably below 100 words. Use leakage, for instance, you can have the lists next to you as you try the quiz. Also, try to pre-read a word list before you attempt a quiz.
Kama haujui, haujui, just mark as missed and check again later.
Useful Word Lists you should try
On your commutes, make short lists on Anagram Quizzer or kadude (iphone 5 with obsolete zyzzyva app installed) for power tiles and improve your 4’s to 7’s. Again, instead of taking power naps, study power tiles. If you can manage, use a lot of leakage and get leverage before doing a quiz. But don’t forget to assess yourself honestly.
Fours and Fives: They might sound boring, but they make a lot of a difference at any point in the game.
You can as well start with the heavy tiles V, F, Y, W… or whichever way you so please but ensure you get it done well. Scrabble is not just about Bingoes, it is about dominating with words. You can start by tackling the below lists
Important Notes About Word Lists
Important Notes About Gameplay
“Mi hucheza hii game kujibamba”
However, every loss teaches you something (let us not take the credit of your opponent winning away nonetheless). You need to be careful when you are trailing; avoid phonies at all cost, don’t concede one and prepare the bard for your blossom.
If you have to lose, narrow the margin decently.
The way I see it, every turn you have a chance to dispose tiles from your rack, you can return them to the bag and get others in return or place them on the board and get awarded for your brilliancy. And to motivate you to dispose as many tiles on the board, they give 50 marks for free if you can throw away all your tiles at once. This way, every move is decision to make, whatever tiles you have you need to survive and thrive, and rhyme too.
An Example on how to Split your Quizzes.
Vs Five letters……. Total…488 anagram groups
First split by no. of anagrams
1 ……. Not hook words…group a
……. Hook words…………group b
Group a……. no. of unique letters (5) …. 88 anagram groups
………. else……………………………….70 anagram groups
Group b……. Point value (8) …………53
……. Point value (9) ………….32
……. Point value (10) ……….30
………Point value (11) ……….52
………Point value (12) ……….16
……. Point value (13+) …………28
2 ….Point value(<10)……..35
…. Point value(10+)………28
For this kind of categorizing, hook words are easier to master assuming you already have some mastery of words of the preceding length.
Now go ahead and master V fives (this is one of them to start you off) and tell me how it goes.
Btw, I just noticed the split by point recently and it is the best trick I have ever learnt so far. Here below, the Z list shows exactly why it is a cool idea.
15p… Hooks… 50
16p… Hooks… 39
17p… Hooks… 62
18p… Hooks… 42
19p… Hooks… 32
You can build the rest of the rest from here.
Also note that you can use further splits for your convenience. My intention here was to offer a guide and not a marking scheme of how things should be done. Find what persuades you the most.
With the point split method, you start with words like ZEATINS go to ANZIANI and somewhere in the middle MERGUEZ before you get to PACZKIS and SHMALTZy.
You really don’t have to write down, there is a lot to know, just use leakage and move on.
Written by Richard Okechi – +254707500366 – email@example.com