Scrabble, the board game, has been part of my life since I was in high school. I played with friends back then and a neighbor after I married. My children all played it with me, but they didn't like getting beaten most of the time (and I hated to let them win often) so they gradually stopped.
Did you let your children win at games?
Little did I know back in the 50's and 60's that it would be possible to play this game with people who were separated from me by hundreds and even thousands of miles, on different continents, across oceans. I am not sure which I prefer; face-to-face gaming or on the computer - but I am very grateful for the opportunity to play it every day, no matter how it is done. There are two other games I play in addition to Scrabble: Wordscraper and Lexulous, both of which are derivatives of the former. I love Wordscraper because the scoring is so wild, and huge scores are possible.
I have 5-6 people with whom I have been playing regularly for several years, and a few others who came into it recently. I even play with anonymous people from time to time, but I have noticed that if I win a few games, they stop playing. I have never cared if I win or lose - it is the game that interests me. Sometimes I eschew a more high-scoring play in favor of one that seems interesting or clever to me at the time. It feels good to win, though.....LOL
Today I was thinking about the people with whom I play; they are as varied as snowflakes. Three retired schoolteachers (in NC, FL and WA), a former psychologist (MI, NC and FL), a chicken farmer in Oklahoma, a former actress and model in the UK, a Pennsylvania grocery manager, a former singer; only three of whom I have met in person. Now I am also playing with a Singapore ex-pat (formerly of Raleigh), whom I have spoken to on the phone, but never met.
All but one of these people is a blogger, and that is how we all initially "met." I am so grateful to my son, who introduced me to the computer back in 1999. I don't know what I'd do with out it.
Do you play computer games (specifically word games)? Wanna' play with me? I think I can handle a few more.....LOL