Saturday, January 19, 2008
New Thing #300: Scrabble Rouser
I played Scrabble for Cheaters, a charity event for 826NYC.org, a nonprofit that helps kids become better writers. What an awesome event! Teams of two players play a game of Scrabble, but there's an elaborate catch: you can cheat like mad, depending on how much money you raised. For $25, you can switch one letter for one in the bag. For $100, you can make any one of your letters a blank. For $150 you can add 10 to any one of your tiles. For $250, you can play a word in another language, and for $500, you can make up a word. I teamed up with Michelle D., and we made it through the first round without using one of our "cheats," but lost in the second round, when the other team used two make-up-a-word cheats, one of which cleared one player's board, thus ending the game (otherwise we would have won- I had "quills" with the Q on a triple letter score and was planning on using the $150 cheat. Ah well!). As nice as it would have been to win for charity, the best part about advancing to the next round would have been playing against an incredibly formidable player and her equally intimidating partner.