How To Play

The first player combines two or more of their letters to form a word and places them on the board to read either across or down with one letter on the center square, which is marked with a star. Diagonal words are not permitted.

A player completes their turn by pressing "Done", "Pass", or "Trade". The buttons complete turn as follows:

  • Done - This will set all played tiles in place and contact next player with an email.
  • Pass - This will clear all played tiles from the board and contact next player with an email.
  • Trade - This allows you to trade any or all of your tiles to the Tile Bag and contact the next player with an email.

After the first word is played all subsequent players add one or more tiles to those tiles already played so as to form new words. All letters played in any one turn must be placed in a row across or down the board. They must form one complete word and if, at the same time, they touch other letters in adjacent rows, they must form complete words, cross-word fashion, with all such letters. The player gets full credit for all words formed or modified by his play.

New words may be formed by:

  • Adding one or more letters to a word orletters already on the board.
  • Placing a word at right angles to the word already on the board. The new word must use on of the letters already on the board or must add a letter to it.
  • Placing a complete word parallel to a word already played so that adjoining letters also form complete words.

The game ends when all tiles have been drawn and one othe the players has used all of the letters in his rack or until all possible playes have been made.

Scoring

The score for each turn is the sum of the letter values in each word formed or modified in the play, plus the additional points obtained from placing letters on premium sections.

Premium Letter Sections
A light blue section doubles the score of a letter placed on it; a dark blue section triples the letter score.

Premium Word Scores
The score for an entire word is doubled when one of its letters is placed on a pink section; it is tripled when one of its letters is placed on a red section. Include premiums for doubling or tripling the word score. If a word is formed that covers two premium word squares, the score is doubled and then re-doubled (4 times letter count), or tripled and then re-tripled (9 times letter count) as the case may be. Note that the center section is pink and therefore doubles the score for the first word.

The letters and word premiums apply only in the turn in which they are first played. In subsequent turns, letters previousely played on premium sections count at face value.

When a blank tile falls on a double or triple word sections the value of the word is doubled or tripled even though the blank itself has no score value.

When two or more words are formed in the same play, each is scored. The common letter is counted (with full premium value, if any) for each word.

Any player who playes all seven tiles in a single turn, scores a premium of 50 points in addition to his regular score for the play.

At the end of the game when there are no tiles to draw, each player's score is reduced by the sum of their unplayed tiles. If one player has used all their tiles, the above precedure applies to the other players; in addition, the player who used all their tiles received the sum of the unplayed letters of all the other players. The player with the highest score wins the game. In the event of a tie, the player with the highest score before tallying the value of unplayed tiles is the winner.