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This article was co-authored by wikiHow staff writer, Madeleine Flamiano. Madeleine Flamiano is an Editing Fellow at wikiHow based in Berkeley, California, as well as a Team Organizer, Copy Editor, and Movie Critic for Incluvie. Madeleine has 12 years of experience in literacy advocacy and the creative arts that span tutoring, teaching, writing, public relations, and non-profit support. She has penned seven novels under a pseudonym and loves all escapist genres, from cozy fantasies to hard-boiled sci-fi. Her professional path started at NaNoWriMo, where she scripted and hosted a series on worldbuilding. Madeleine graduated from Mills College with a B.A. in English with a concentration in Literature and a Minor in Philosophy. This article has been viewed 907,837 times.

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Scrabble is a fun 2-4 player board game where players try to score the most points by playing words strategically on the board. To set the game up, give each player a tile rack, place all of the letter tiles in the bag, and shake the bag to shuffle the tiles. Each player pulls a letter out of the bag, and whoever has the letter with the highest number on it goes first. Both players pull out 7 random tiles from the bag and set them on their tile rack so the other players can’t see them. The first player plays a word on the board using the tiles on their tile rack. Players can make words vertically or horizontally, but not diagonally. Words must read from left to right or top to bottom. When a player makes a word on the board, they add up all of the numbers on the tile and add that total to their score. If a letter is on a double or triple letter space, multiply the value of that letter by 2 or 3. If a letter is on a double or tripple word space, multiply the total score for that word by 2 or 3. Then they draw more tiles from their bag until they have 7 tiles again. After the first player makes a word, the next player goes. They must play a word that comes off of the word that the first player made. For example, if the first player made the word “cloud,” the next player can use the letter “d” in “cloud” to make the word “destroy.” If a player makes a new word using a preexisting word, like by adding an “m” to the end of the word “zoo” to make the word “zoom,” that player adds up the total score of all the letters in that word, not just the letter they played. If a player is unhappy with the tiles in their hand, they can skip their turn and instead trade in any number of tiles for new tiles from the bag. If a player plays a word that other players don’t think is a real word, the other players can challenge it. In that case, look up the word in a dictionary. If it’s not in there, it’s removed from the board and the player who made it loses their next turn. The game ends when all of the tiles have been played or players can no longer make words from the tiles remaining in their hands. At the end of the game, the player with the most points wins! If you want to learn how to find a group to play with or play professionally, keep reading the article!

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