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5 Bad Scrabble Habits You Can Learn From Words With Friends

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Look to the Board

You'll notice right away that there are a few very obvious differences between Scrabble and Words with Friends that can affect your game. (And they are obvious for a reason, as we'll see.)

The board is set up completely differently, for one. There are more triple-letter spaces and fewer double-word squares. The Scrabble board's bonus squares are laid out in a lovely X in the middle pattern; Words with Friend's chooses a subdued diamond pattern. That means you're working less toward the corners in Words with Friends.

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Another big difference is that there are 104 Words with Friends tiles versus Scrabble's 100, which means a different distribution of tiles in general. (For the record, Words with Friends has one more D, one more E, two more Hs, one less I, one less N, one more S and one more T.) Twelve of those letters also have different point values. So be careful not to get too attached to the Words with Friends tiles if you're entering a stiff Scrabble competition; you might be torpedoed by your Words with Friends assumptions.

Now why those differences? Copyright, almost surely. If Words with Friends has a different board, different standards of play and different piece distribution, it can legally claim it's a different game from Scrabble. And you, in turn, can keep tapping away on your phone to your heart's desire.

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  • Hasbro. "Scrabble." 2012. (June 1, 2012) http://www.hasbro.com/scrabble/en_US/
  • Merriam-Webster. "Eagre." 2012. (June 1, 2012) http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eager
  • Sundem, Gary. "A Scrabble Champ's Primer on Words with Friends." Wired.com. Mar. 29, 2012. (June 1, 2012) http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2012/03/words-with-friends/
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  • Wiedeman, Reeves. "Angry Words: Let's Restore Honor to Online Scrabble." The Awl. April 20, 2011. (June 1, 2012) http://www.theawl.com/2011/04/angry-words-lets-restore-honor-to-online-scrabble
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