An American researcher is calling for an overhaul of Scrabble’s scoring system, arguing that the classic board game has become outdated. Joshua Lewis says that certain letters are now overvalued in the context of the modern English language. ”The dictionary of legal words in Scrabble has changed,” he told British media.
Scrabble Needs a New Scoring System 202 Posted by Soulskill on Wednesday January 16, 2013 @03:03PM from the and-anagram-generator-detection dept. innocent_white_lamb writes ”A researcher says that some letters are over valued and some are under-valued in Scrabble , due to recent changes to the lists of allowable …
While updating the tile values in Scrabble has been argued for decades, the system doesn’t have the support of official Scrabble players’ groups. John Chew, co-president of the North American Scrabble Players Association says there would be “catastrophic outrage“ if the scoring system were to change.
The new words add about 40 pages to the Scrabble-sanctioned dictionary, which already lists more than 100,000 playable words. Definitions are kept to a minimum but parts of speech and whether a plural is available are noted.
An American researcher is making waves with his criticism of Scrabble’s scoring system. Joshua Lewis argues that the scores set by the game’s creator, Alfred Butts, in 1938 are out of date, and
Scrabble ’should downgrade high-scoring letters because changes to the English language are making game easier’ But Mr Lewis is far from the first to devise a new scoring system for Scrabble
Jan 15, 2013 · X, he says, should be worth five points as opposed to eight. Click here use an interactive feature from BBC to see how the scoring of every word would change under Lewis’ new model. The way Scrabble was originally scored in 1938 was not nearly as scientific as Lewis’ system.
The new word must use one of the letters already on the board or must add a letter to it. (See Turns 2, 3 and 4 below.) Placing a complete word parallel to a word already played so that adjacent letters also form complete words.