Yarn Chief Sr wrote:I do like the idea of large scale Collins tournaments in the US, and that might be where I head. I'm thinking maybe like an OT format so people unsure can take a dip for a small cost. Maybe... $150 for Open, $60 for Lite, both divisions CSW, cut-off of 1300. Can a tournament be sanctioned where a cheat sheet of Collins 2s and 3s be allowed (or just 2s)? Meh, just a thought.
getofftheoven wrote:Heh, definitions, probably my least favorite question to get...because there's no right answer. If I know the definition of some obscurity, I'm showing off, and if I don't know it, apparently Alfred Butts is spinning in his grave like a drill bit.
No, seriously, most of the time it's an innocent question and I don't mind. I like to know what words mean, sure. I like Zyzzyva for that reason; I've picked up tons of definitions (sometimes dubious or laughable ones, true) just by osmosis. But I sure don't *have* to know them, and I don't care if some pseud thinks I should. I may not know the definition of every word I know how to spell, but I know a hell of a lot more definitions than anyone who asks me the question is likely to.
Which gets back to my original point. It's impossible to really get good at any letter-by-letter word game without knowing how to spell a whole lot of words with very specialized uses, no matter what word list is used. And most people won't want to do what it takes to get there, so the hordes ain't comin' no matter what we do. Can't blame them - if learning words felt like drudgery to me, I wouldn't be a Scrabble player.
scrblnrd2 wrote:I think one of the best ways to advertise is to have a newcomers division, and advertise that. From there they can get introduced to the world of competitive scrabble. Last year at our Duke PBMT charity tournament, the guy who won the newcomers tournament in 2011 ended up going 20-0 in the next year's bottom division.
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