Recently my daughter Kelli introduced me to an iPhone game app – Words With Friends. Basically it’s the game of Scrabble played between two people over their iPhones. Since players alternate turns – and since you only play during the free moments of your day – a typical game can go on for days. I’m actually in a game with Khartis, which we began on April 20 at 10:47 p.m. (and it’s her turn to play a word)! You can also have multiple games going on at the same time. Right now I am in a game with one daughter KMFerg, three staff members Khartis plus Aaaaasmith, and awadesimpson a few friends, Mhands, Mrichterweagle! CoolDadRichter, Merebear41 and LilRicher (you can tell this is big in the Richter home since 4 of my games are with their family).
Scoring is just like Scrabble – various points for different letters (vowels are 1 point – special consonants like J, Z and Q are with 10 points). There are double and triple letter and word squares and so the game requires both strategy and vocabulary.
Most of all its an highly addictive game – especially if you are just a little competitive. I find that "free moments of the day" might include - time at traffic lights, standing in line at Starbucks or even riding the elevator three floors (I said it's addictive)!
I didn’t realize how addictive until I played a word at 1:30 a.m. and almost instantly received a response from CoolDadRichter. It was that moment that I became convinced the game isn’t Words With Friends – its Words With Nerds - and I'm one!
I wonder if it’s improving my vocabulary?