UPDATE: Phew! The Scrabble rules aren’t changing. It was just a misunderstanding. AP reports:
The official rules fans know and love aren’t changing. Scrabble Trickster, due out in July in the U.K. only, not the U.S., will allow proper names such as city or celebrity names.
Say WHAT? This really changes the game.
A player can score at least 75 points off Quiznos without even landing on a bonus square (that’s 25 points in letters and the 50-point bonus for using all 7 tiles. And of course it would have to touch another letter so more points would be added). If a savvy Scrabbler plays this fast-food chain name on a triple word? At least 125 points. Wow.
I presume this means scores will go way up. Right now the Scrabble rules say a 300 game is pretty good. If a player can get almost half that off a sandwich company name, that score doesn’t seem too hard to reach anymore. Mattel officials say the rule change is to “add a new dimension” (aka pop culture) to get “younger” people involved (I guess they don’t think younger folks have a strong vocabulary). I sure hope they don’t allow texting abbreviations next. I’d be doomed.
At least my name has the potential to score big: 16 points without any bonus. Can your name beat it? And what’s the biggest scoring proper noun you can come up with (check letter scores here)?