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Cutthroat Scrabble

Yeah. Sorry about a post tonight. I have a Scrabble emergency.

And if you don’t think there’s such a thing as a Scrabble emergency, you’ve never seen the white-hot laser intensity with which I can do utterly pointless things.

Yep, I’m still playing that massive multiplayer online Scrabble knockoff game. I’m up over 100,000 points (the top ten starts at over 400K), and that’s a little too much personal investment to walk away from, nome sane?

Thing is, the strategery for this is totally different from Scrabble. One of the most important points is not to get surrounded and cut off, because it’s difficult to punch through somebody else’s lines (you can only play on your own tiles). You get yourself stuck in one of those bunches like the thing in the upper right hand corner, and you’re fucked. That’s it. You spell shorter and shorter words until you can’t play no more.

So I spell toward open water, which in my case is down and to the left. And every once in a while, some ass peals off the main word stream and spells AT me with all he’s got. And I have to spell, spell like the wind to blow past him to freedom.

If none of that made sense to you, it basically means WEASEL HATE! KILL KILL KILL!

‘Scuse me.

Oh, cmblake6 asked to be put on my blogroll (somehow, I thought he already was). Some of y’all may remember I hate messing with my blogroll, so while I’m in there, if anybody else would like to be added — sing out. I don’t think blogrolls contribute to Google ranking or anything now (which is why I’m not ever so scrupulous about maintaining mine), but I’m happy to oblige.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 25, 2011, 12:42 am

This is kinda neat. Art project: someone took hundreds of tourist photos of favorite places and averaged them.

Comment from Mitchell
Time: February 25, 2011, 12:53 am

Basically it’s the Tron lightcycle battle only with Scrabble tiles.

That is a cool art project. It’s kinda like looking at the world through a quantum probability prism. Which is totally my idea so doan noboddy steal it mmkay?

Comment from Gromulin
Time: February 25, 2011, 2:16 am

nome sane?
I am soooo stealing that.

Comment from cmblake6
Time: February 25, 2011, 4:44 am

Tanking you veddy goodly.

Comment from David Bain
Time: February 25, 2011, 6:47 am

The averaged tourist pics which really work for me are the ones with a sharp focus in the end result. Mecca, Beijing and so on make me concentrate on what everyone was looking at. The totally fuzzy ones just look like the camera-shaky ones I edit out before anyone else sees them.

Comment from jwpaine
Time: February 25, 2011, 3:59 pm

OT: I see everybody’s favorite poster child is in the news again.

Comment from James
Time: February 25, 2011, 4:37 pm

Might be risky to link to me. Most everybody who did quit blogging…

Comment from Joan of Argghh!
Time: February 25, 2011, 5:15 pm

I was spelling my way to sleep one night when a Scrabble assassin showed up out of the blue. The adrenalin rush was intense and after I successfully surrounded him, it still took me an hour to fall asleep.

I feel your pain!

Comment from No Sheeples Here
Time: February 25, 2011, 5:26 pm

I’m scared to ask to be added to your blogroll but since you offered…how about my site? Please, pretty please?


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 25, 2011, 5:46 pm

I know you’re all anxious to know how it worked out last night. Well…

Close call, but I kicked Scrabble tail!

Comment from No Sheeples Here
Time: February 25, 2011, 5:48 pm

Blogroll me, please.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 25, 2011, 5:54 pm

Okey doke. Those of you I’m blogrolling, would you let me know if you’re one of Ace’s morons? It’s basically the difference between being in the right sidebar and the left sidebar.

Comment from Sarah D.
Time: February 25, 2011, 6:58 pm

Sorry to derail! Just leaving this message for EW1(SG):


*my apologies to everyone else

Comment from Mitchell
Time: February 25, 2011, 7:11 pm

^Trouble brewing

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 25, 2011, 7:41 pm


Comment from Allen
Time: February 25, 2011, 8:21 pm

All righty then, that kind of leads to a whole lot of speculation.

Comment from Blue Octopi
Time: February 25, 2011, 10:28 pm

Holy shit.

Comment from No Sheeples Here
Time: February 25, 2011, 10:48 pm

Wish I were one of Ace’s Morons, like your sidebar commands: “You want a link, say the word.”


Comment from Nina from GCP
Time: February 25, 2011, 11:02 pm

Would you stop tempting me to waste more time than I already do online, Stoaty? It’s getting harder and harder to resist going to the dark side™.

Our blog: http://eruditeaspie.blogspot.com/ We’d love to be linked by the Stoatress Herself™.

And it’s Friday, at 3:00. The bell just rang. It’s the weekend

(Note, I cannot actually access this blog from work–I could until about 3 weeks ago, then POOF! No longer. Sucks, now I have to actually teach and stuff.)

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 25, 2011, 11:16 pm

That happened to me, Nina. Whatever filtering software my work used, it suddenly starting filtering sweasel out. I had to rough ’em up a little to get off the list.

And if you do succumb to temptation, let me give you a few pointers. Your very first play, you can put ANYwhere on the board, so pick a good spot. You want to get way, way out on the edge, so nobody can box you in. It’s probably easiest to spell left to right, so the best spot would be to scroll alllllll the way to the bottom right corner of the board and start there.

After your first play, you can ONLY play off your own tiles: so make sure your first word sticks out in a way that you can build off it easily, with a minimum of exotic letters.

Ummmm….not that your will is gonna break or anything.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 25, 2011, 11:20 pm

Also, watch for a second before you start. If somebody is actively spelling in your area, be careful. Starting to spell near an active player can cause Aggressive Spelling Syndrome (see above).

Comment from Nina from GCP
Time: February 25, 2011, 11:33 pm

You’re worse than Leroy the crack seller downtown. 🙂

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 25, 2011, 11:43 pm

I won’t ask how you know this.

Comment from Nina from GCP
Time: February 26, 2011, 12:03 am

Hey, I’m a public school teacher, Leroy’s been in my class many times over the years. My most recent Leroy is either still in juvie or has just got out–for the second time this year.

Yes, 2011, not the last 12 months.

Comment from EW1(SG)
Time: February 26, 2011, 1:09 am

Mitchell posts:

^Trouble brewing

in response to my ex-wife making another abusive threat, while libeling me yet again.

Not to worry, Mitchell, the judge in the divorce proceeding found the ex to have perjured herself multiply, but she didn’t bother to show up for him to do anything about it.

Comment from James
Time: February 26, 2011, 1:14 am

If you feel up to the risk :-), blogrolling would be nice. I’m not one of Ace’s; does that make me a lefty?

Comment from Wiccapundit
Time: February 27, 2011, 2:19 am

Weas! We can haz blogroll, pleeze?


As I recall, when we first got started blogerating, you gave us some suggestions, then opined that you felt like you were giving start-up advice to a couple of junior hookers.


We would love to be on Ace’s blogroll. How does one go about doing so? It sort of feels like obtaining an audience with The Great And Powerful Oz.

Comment from Alice H
Time: February 27, 2011, 6:06 pm

The URL for DoublePlusUndead has changed – we’re now at http://doubleplusundead.com .

We like to think we’re some of Ace’s Morons, but I’m not sure he hasn’t disowned us due to excessive crudity.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 27, 2011, 9:25 pm

Oh, geez, Wiccapundit — you weren’t there already? My bad!

You don’t get on Ace’s. He stopped updating years and years ago. That’s why there are so many dead blogs in his blogroll.

Meanwhile, I won’t be updating if I can’t find my blogroll. Yeah. That’s right. I’ve lost the flipping file.

It lives in my \www directory in a file called sidebar.php — and it’s just not there. But it’s clearly there, because it’s here…if you know what I mean.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 27, 2011, 9:28 pm

Oh, that’s right. It lives in my theme. I had forgotten. I told you I didn’t update very often.

Right…here I go.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 27, 2011, 9:30 pm

Waaaiiiiit a second — Red State Witch is already there. In the moronosphere. Is that not right?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 27, 2011, 9:41 pm

Okay, I think that’s got it. Y’all are in the left sidebar under Professor & Maryann (except for Double Plus Undead and Red State Witch). Which is sort of my “other” category.

If I missed one, or that’s not where you want to be, sing out. I’ll leave that file open for the evening.

Comment from Wiccapundit
Time: February 28, 2011, 12:19 am

Sorry, Weas. I missed it in the sidebar. We’re already under Ace and the Morons, where we’d like to stay.


Comment from Mark Matis
Time: February 28, 2011, 1:22 am

Sweas – Looks like somebody doesn’t read your blog very closely…

Comment from Oh Hell
Time: February 28, 2011, 3:50 pm

Can I be blogrolled with all the cool kids???…please, please, please……

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 28, 2011, 11:35 pm

Sorry about that, Oh Hell — I don’t know why the spam filter objected to you. You’re there now, in the left sidebar. If you’d rather be in the right sidebar with the Morons, let me know.

Comment from Mcgyver
Time: March 1, 2011, 6:11 am

Uhhmm, could I ask that you blogroll my witch? She likes your stuff when I can get her off her foodie blog and lolcats. She’s not a moron, but still… thekitchenwitchblog.com She’ll make up something nice in the cauldron. BYOT (Bring Your Own Toads) ThanX! Mcgyver, Out

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: March 1, 2011, 2:26 pm

Done, McGyver.

Comment from Alice H
Time: March 5, 2011, 11:44 pm

Am I just stupid about how this game works? I’ve got 32 lives stored up and haven’t had anyone come near me.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: March 5, 2011, 11:58 pm

I’ve got over 200 lives stored up. I’ve only burned one — and that was in my first ten minutes of play when I wondered “what that button does.” So the lives, that was something they thought would be necessary but usually isn’t.

If nobody’s come near you, you’re lucky. Most of the drama is getting away from people (or circling them, if you’re cruel). As a side effect, though, I’m guessing your game is really boring.

Have a look around the big map. You’ll find places where people have made shapes or solid blocks or done other spiffy things like that. There’s a guide to those online somewhere.

Also, Uncle B and I enjoy playing together, showing off our vocabulary to each other.

I’m surprised nobody’s spelled near you, though. The management drops a newbie on me all the time. Sometimes two or three at a time — they tend to drop new people down where other people are actively spelling. So I’ll come back to the game and find some bastard has started where I stopped and cut me off.

Comment from Alice H
Time: March 7, 2011, 3:28 am

I find it interesting that they use ‘racecar’ as their palindromic word example, but ‘racecars’ is not an accepted word. (I would have tried racecar, because the screenshot if it had rejected it would have been delightful, but I was going for a seven-tile word.)

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