So, I play again and again. I play in Cafes, I play at home, I play at the office. I play everywhere. I just can’t stop! My work suffers, my sleep suffers, and oh, my kitties scream for food, but I just continue playing.
Usually I play a Regular game - this is where the built-in wordlist will screen every word you put on the board, so there’s no room for non-existing words to make its way onto it. The Challenge game is where the word list is disabled, so that you can put any word you like, but if your opponent challenges you and the word is found to be invalid, you lose the word, and you lose a turn.
Any which game you choose, it’s bound to be fun, even if your vocabulary consists of strictly 3 and 4 letter words which more often than not gets repeated from one game to the other.
Of course, it’s definitely no fun when an opponent come up with a word like “CLAQUES” and scored 113 leaving me trailing pathetically behind, but as much as that one single move obviously defeated me, I continued playing because that’s the right thing to do.
Even when I encounter a stupid player like this one Stephanie O who hosted a Challenge game, but do not like being challenged, I simply played along, challenging one ridiculous word of hers after another while having an small argument over at the chat box.
Stephanie: Why did you delete my word? A hound is a type of dog.
Me: HOUND is ok, but the resulting word LOPOW is not.
Me: again, the resulting words QID and UHO is (are) invalid.
Stephanie: if you are going to keep deleting my words, please at least passa turn so that the game will be fair again.
Me: what is unfair is when I have to pass a turn in order to correct your wrong.
Stephanie: my words were valid. I provide you with definitions.
Me: no definitions? I did not delete your words, I simply challenged it. The application found it invalid and deleted it.
Stephanie: There is no reason to be rude or nasty in this game. I have done nothing negative to you. Why do you insult me?
Me: which part of that was an insult? Was it the part when YOU suggested that I was being unfair to you??
Me: for all its worth, I apologise if you think I was being nasty. I really was just defending myself. The validity of the word is determined by the application, NOT ME. I cannot simply delete my opponent’s words.
Stephanie: thank you for the apology but what I said about the game is true and what I said about other player deleting every entry of mine.
Me: nobody can delete your words. The validity of the words are determined by the Scrabulous application using the TWL wordlist. If your words are challenged, the application will check it against the wordlist and delete it if necessary. Perhaps you should play a Regular game and not a Challenge game- that way, the words on the board will be validated automatically when played, and there’ll be no dispute.
Stephanie: are you not listening to me? This really isn’t worth fighting over. If you want the game, then fine, I can play another
Me: No. YOU are not listening to me. The last thing I said was said in good faith. Why don’t you stop being so accusatory?
Me: why don’t you check the TWL wordlist and see if your words are valid. Your last word, DURO was ok, but the resulting word UR?
Me: I just challenged it and guess what? The fabulous Scrabulous application just accepted it.
UPDATED 1-4-2008 - Day 10
Stephanie: You owe me three turns. If you win this game without giving me those turns, then know that you cheated to win, and it was dishonest of you and you should be ashamed of yourself.
Me: Bodoh nak mampus.
Me: I owe you nothing.
Stephanie: you are a liar and a cheat
Me: and you are a dumbass
I’m waiting for her reply. I doubt that it’s forthcoming. Hehe.
Arguing with an idiot stranger over non-existent words - Have you ever heard of anything so ridiculous?
But I must admit, it is a lot of fun, and I wonder if there’s many more Stephanie O for me to fight with?
That’s the *Fabulosity of Scrabulous!
* Fabulosity is a word used excessively by Kimora Lee Simmons. It’s an invalid word, yes I know!