Only pausing for a few seconds to peruse the interesting/humorous/tedious posts my "friends" have added, I click the Scrabble icon (located in the Game House section) and resume my beloved games - not just one game, not two, but three, four or even five, simultaneously.
With this particular Scrabble version, you can choose your level and time limit for making a move. I usually play with just one partner, over a 24 hour period. If your partner exceeds that limit, you can "force forfeit" them and achieve a win.
Who do I play with? Most of the time I haven't the faintest idea. Just names, showing their top scores and percentage of wins. I don't even know what countries they live in, although for some unknown reason (technical? copyright?) the Scrabble version I play excludes the US and Canada, so that would eliminate those countries.
What strikes me about the other Scrabble players is the number of games they have played. While I've played 85 over a period of a year or so, some of my partners have played thousands of games. Moreover, their scores seem to me to be virtually unattainable - 600, 700. I've even seen someone with a score of over 1000 (I chose not to play with him!). What is their secret? Browsing the internet all day to find impossible words and letter permutations?
I spend hours trying to maximize my score and seeking to convert an impossible set of six consonants and a single vowel into a seven-letter word (a Bingo, which gives you a bonus of 50 points), and then finding a place for it on the board. Of course, I'm exaggerating here. With such a set of letters, you just do the best you can. But you begin to get the "feel" for a potential Bingo. You see a combination of letters in front of you and "know" that if you stare at them hard enough and shuffle them enough inspiration will come.
Over the last few days I was playing someone with a top score some 25% higher than mine. For much of the game I was ahead. Then as we were down to the last letters, she laid "TRIABLE," with the "T" adjoining an "A" on the board - Bingo, and 90 points! Needless to say, I couldn't catch up. So, is she better than me or was it just luck? A bit of both, probably. Interestingly, only two or three of my partners with supposed top scores of 600 and more have ever exceeded the 400 mark. Does that mean their top score was a lucky fluke? If so, maybe that will happen to me, too.
And now I'm going to reveal to you my lofty goals in life: although I'd like this site to be successful, I'd be even more ecstatic if I could attain a score of 500+ and get a Bingo that covers a triple word score.