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Number Scrabble - The Game (aka: Math Scrabble)

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"Number Scrabble" (or "Math Scrabble") is a game based on normal Scrabble, but you make equations instead of words. The letter tiles used in Scrabble are replaced with numbers and operators. You can use a standard scrabble set to play number scrabble by writing the proper numbers and operators on the back of the standard scrabble tiles.  Like regular Scrabble the game is great for ages 8+.

------ an aside for the experienced game player ------
Sick and Tired of ordinary Scrabble?  I'll bet you are.  We all know why, too.  It's "that friend".  You know the one.  It's game night and sooner or later you are reminiscing about games you played as a child with your grandmother, and someone foolishly pulls out the Scrabble.  For a move or two it's warm and fuzzy like you remember.  Then "that friend" plays "toea" connected with "aa".  You're like: "umm, what is that?"  You want me to kick your butt-a with my foot-a?  and "aa"?  oh right its some onomatopoetic rock from hawaii - isn't that a hawaiian word though?  your "friend's" next move? "tsktsks".  excuse me that is not a word!  next?  "suq".  yes, yes it does.  for all of us.  At this point, everyone is fully jolted out of their sentimental stupors and remembering why Scrabble is so pointless and they are never ever ever going to play it again.  Even in nerd circles, if the best thing you can do with your time is to memorize some utterly arbitrary list of 170,000 meaningless letter sequences so you can ruin a perfectly fun game for all your friends - well, that makes you a major toadstool not an erudite intellectual.  Who came up with that arbitrary list anyway?  Wikipedia tells me it was the "National Scrabble Association Dictionary Committee".  Well, sounds to me like a bunch of pencil pushers came up with a hazing ritual of epic proportions.

Anyhoo, this sort of scarring experience got me thinking.  Perhaps we can do away with the silly nonsense of fabricated letter sequences that must be memorized?  You may also have smart friends that really don't speak english so well, at that point the arbitrariness of the default Scrabble letter sequences seems even more glaring.  Considered this way, it seems painfully clear that we should replace all that gobbledygook with a universal language that has a simple, well known character sequencing structure.  MATH - duh!  With math as our language, everyone knows the rules, and everyone knows what sequences are valid.  You could sit down for game night with aliens from another planet, and everyone would be with the program*.  Now that is a nerdy game worth playing.

* well, this game uses decimal numbers, which of course any alien would understand but you'd look a bit provincial if you were not able to do anything else.  try a few games and then consider leveling up with Binary Number Scrabble.

 
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jtaft12 months ago

Definitely would be great to add parenthesis and variables. Don’t know how that would work, but it be great to take the game from arithmetic to more advanced mathematics.

dudleyjohn9 months ago
How about adding parentheses for longer expressions?
solo731910 months ago
Wow: the perfect game for me! And for the ultra-nerdy; use binary or hexadecimal?
shazni2 years ago
My head was spinning checking out your game calculations...i need this game for my 9yr old who doesn't want to use her head for maths and so this might help ...i'm praying...thanks
TheGreatS2 years ago
I remember wishing that there was a scrabble for math geeks, but now I can stop wishing and start making!
artquilter4 years ago
Cool!
Is there any where to buy blank tiles?
Sometimes antique malls have big bowls of Scrabble tiles available on the cheap.
Kaspr0074 years ago
Thanks for this.  I just finished making this game as a gift for my Mom's birthday.  Her and my brother are word/number game freaks.  They are going to love it.

I bought a new game and marked the back of the tiles.  I used a regular sharpy for the main numbers and operators.  Then I used a fine tip sharpy to mark the value numbers in the lower right.

I finished it off with a couple layers of clear coat just so the numbers don't wear out.

Many Thanks,
Kaspr
I LOVE THIS! I'm a really bad speller, so I have always hated playing scrabble, but I love math. This is great. Thank you!
lemonie4 years ago
What next - Boolean with TRUE / FALSE tiles..?

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