I spent a while this weekend playing Scrabble on Facebook. I love how the internet enables me to spend time playing games with my friends. I imagine that it would have been much more difficult to settle in Japan if I my communication options had been limited to phone calls and letters.
I was surprised that I have been playing online with Marty as we have a scrabble board in the game’s cupboard. But playing online means that we can take longer over our moves and we don’t have to set aside a specific time to play the game. We also get to be lazy as the computer is checking the words and adding up the scores for us. I just wish I hadn’t pointed out to him that it is a strategy game as I was doing much better when he thought it was a “make cool words” game. Our current game is really close as he managed to place “mega” on the board giving him a triple word score with “megabytes”. In Marty’s book this means he’s already won the game, as he doesn’t seem overly concerned with conventional rules for winning, as anyone who’s ever played Risk with him could testify.