Games People Play: Scrabble Slam

8 Jun

Games People Play is a series where I attempt to make the world a better place by encouraging more game playing.

The organization I work for recently held a staff retreat. Staff from other locations came to our NYC office for a few days of building a shared vision, eating delicious food, and getting to know each other better. I brought in a few games to play during the breaks between sessions, including a birthday gift I’d received but hadn’t yet had a chance to play: Scrabble Slam. Read on to find out just how slammin’ this game is.

Scrabble Slam

Game play: First, don’t think about Scrabble. This game has about as much to do with Scrabble as the film Troll 2 has to do with the film Troll. That is, absolutely nothing. Players receive a big stack of double-sided cards – each side has a letter. Players agree on a four-letter word to start off the game, and find the cards to build the word. Then players “slam” down one card at a time in order to change the word. For example, if the starting word was “game,” you could throw down an F to make “fame” or you could play a Z to make “gaze.” The player who uses up all of their cards first is the winner.

Variations: Um….it seems like it might lend itself to dirty four-letter words?

Fussiness: You need the deck of cards, but otherwise the fussiness is minimal.

This game is fun for: I’m thinking eight-year-olds. It’s a little too easy for adults.

Risk of making someone feel bad: Normal people: Very very low. Four-year-old people: a little higher.

How to cheat: The game goes so fast that you might cheat by mistake. It would be pretty easy to cheat on purpose – just say a word that fits, but put the wrong card down. It’s very possible no one will notice. There. Done.

Benefits of playing: Might help you write a pop song with very simply rhymes. Plus, it’s more fun than a rhyming dictionary!

Upgrades: Five letter words?

Verdict: SLAM = SCAM! This game has nothing to do with Scrabble, so don’t be fooled. If, however, you are eight years old, you should ask your parents to buy this game for you.


2 Responses to “Games People Play: Scrabble Slam”

  1. littlepioneer June 8, 2010 at 2:55 pm #

    kudos on the troll 2 reference…

    • hannahkane June 8, 2010 at 3:01 pm #

      Yeah, that was for you. And for David – a not-so-subtle reminder that I still don’t have my photo with George Hardy!

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