PaulTran plays “Words with Friends”August 3, 2010
On “Words with Friends,” I don’t do very well. The app won’t let me submit my interpretation of English spelling or words that I believe to be real like “Jew.”
If you’re the type who likes an immediate response in their Scrabble-like game, I’m not the guy to play against. I’m a huge fan of Scrabble (and word games/puns in general). My in-laws bought me the board game for Christmas but when it comes to playing on my phone, I don’t take it as seriously. I respond immediately if I feel pressured but I almost always respond to peer pressure when it involves things that don’t matter, like trying a bite of cake or following friends down a dark alley. I try to play only once a day and I forget to respond. I did lose about 12 games at one time because I let too much time pass.
Paul’s Strategies to Words with Friends:
- When given the option between scoring high or using a silly word, always choose silly. With one friend, I’m trying to imply that I think he’s slutty by giving him words like “HOE,” “SEX,” “UTERI” and “AGEING” but I might be failing at my subtle endeavor.
- Learn new words by randomly trying tiles. I’ve learned that “QI,” “PEEN” and “GIBS” exist.
- Don’t reply immediately. Treat it like dating. Let them wait for it.
- Expand the playing field by trying to spread across the board. Don’t be a clumper. Nobody likes That Guy.
- Don’t play words that anger you. I played “ENNOBLE” which brought up a bitter memory from high school. I used it in an English paper and my teacher crossed it out and said it wasn’t a real word.
- If you’re close in points toward the end of the game, crush them in a slow death by tiny digital tiles. Then re-challenge with the silliest word possible.
In a current game, I scored 99 points when I spelled “QUAD.” When I saw the score, I thought it was a glitch until I did the math. A ten-point letter on a Triple-Letter space with a Triple-Word score = RELY GUD!