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An abomination of a Scrabble set
on 6 October 2003
Let me first make this clear - I adore the game of Scrabble. Having played the odd game with family and friends over the years, I began to take a serious interest in the game at the end of 2002, and have since improved my game to that of tournament level. Ask anyone that I have spoken to on the scene, and you will get a similar answer; 'If you want a decent board, you're almost certainly going to have to order from abroad.' The sad truth is, they are all correct. The faults with this board are legion. The idea that this is a wooden board is a complete fallacy. It sort of looks like wood, but in the end appears to be some kind of plastic - the kind often found on cheap furniture. The raised divisions between the squares are so shallow, that they might as well not be there. Worst crime of all though is the size of the squares. Many serious players now use 'protiles' which are infinitely superior to any provided in a normal Scrabble set, being clearer, more durable, and having no raised lettering allowing one to 'feel' the letters coming from the bag. With this board, the makers have clearly found that they could shave of a little more of the cost of production by shrinking the squares just enough so that protiles won't fit. In the set I saw, they didn't even provide wooden tile racks.
My advice, therefore, would be this: If you are looking for a family set, or one for a casual player, then stick to the 'Original' version, which is about a third the price, and differs little in quality. If you are in any way serious about this wonderful game, then check online for some custom board makers in America or Canada. They are more pricey, but you do get what you pay for.