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Beginning a Game:
To begin a one-player game (mainly for practice), simply select
"1 Player" in the pull-down menu and click the "Begin Game"
To begin a multiplayer game, the other players must be with you at the
computer. Select the number of players (2 to 4) from the
pull-down menu and click "Begin Game."
When the game begins, it's player 1's turn. The randomly-chosen
list of letters will appear on the left of the screen. Next to it is
a type-in field where you enter your words.
Your words must be made up of the chosen letters. (Note: they do not have
to be touching each other!) You can't use a letter more than once (unless
it appears more than once).
Words must be in English! (A dictionary of about 260,000 english words is
used to verify whether the words are real or not. This is also supplemented
If you enter a particular word more than once, you only get score for the
In timed games, you have 60 seconds in which to enter your words and
submit them! Note that if your network connection takes more than a few
seconds, you should submit a few seconds before the on-screen timer
counts down to "00."
If you take longer than 60 seconds, you will receive 0 points
for your attempt!!!
Once you've submitted your list of words, a scoring screen will appear,
showing how many points (if any) you received for each word.
For each word, one of four messages will appear next to it:
- A number - How many points you received.
- "Illegal word" - You used a letter that was not listed on the
screen; remember, you can only use a particular letter as many times as
it appears on the screen!
- "Already used" - You've already used this word.
- "Not an english word" - The word was not found in the current
english language dictionary (which contains nearly 52,000 words). Maybe
you misspelled it?
The number of points you receive for a word depends on both the length of the
word and the letters used. All letters are worth one point except:
J, V, W and Z are worth 2, and Q and X are worth 3. Multiply the score
for each letter times the length of the word to get the final score for
Continuing the Game
After the scoring is complete for a player, click the "Continue" button
to begin the next player's turn. Be sure the person is ready and seated
at the keyboard, since the time starts immediately!
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