Never wanting it said that I failed to be well behind the curve on every passing fad, I recently started playing Words With Friends. Aside from the placement of bonus spots on the board and a smaller number of points for using all seven tiles in the same word, I have yet to discern any difference from Scrabble. I’m still a newbie, however. Maybe I’ll discover more differences as I play.
One thing I do miss from Scrabble, at least the smartphone app version of the game, is the Teacher function. After playing it would tell you how well you did compared to the best possible choice for that turn. I liked that but have yet to find its counterpart in WWF.
Like Scrabble, success can be dependent upon the luck of the draw as well as my skill and vocabulary. In one of my current games I had six vowels and a Q. The next turn I had seven vowels, four of them I’s. The turn after that found me with 6 vowels and a Z. Now I have six vowels and a wildcard. As a result of these great draws I went from having a slight lead to being 75 points behind.
When I was in college and first learning to play Euchre, the conventional wisdom handed down from the seasoned players was; “If you were a good player, you’d get good cards.” I suppose the same logic could apply to WWF.
I prefer to think I am in need of karma repair. Calling Doctor Bombay!