The Great Smoky Mountain National Park is a favorite of John and myself. Not least because it is the most easily accessible
Every time my parents and I visit, at some point we end up breaking out the wine, fruit-and-cheese-and-crackers tray, and scrabble board.
Scrabble is something to be taken very seriously. No Scrabble Dictionary with its ridiculous and somewhat questionable seeming words for us (even though my Mom favors it) – it is the OED or nothing.
The first game was fairly normal, with everyone taking the standard “forever” length to peruse their tiles, the placement options available at the time, and finally make a decision. I can’t remember who won, but it wasn’t me. I blame the tiles that I drew. That and the fact the the board layout was one of the worst that I have even played on, with very few available placement options, and was crowded all on only one side of the board.
The second game was more interesting. We wanted to play a second game, but didn’t want it to last forever, so we did a speed game. Everyone got exactly 1 minute to put down a word. It sure cut down on the number of multiple syllable words that were played. And the whole game took about 20, maybe 30 minutes.
It worked well, but I think that for the next speed game, extending the turn length to about 3 minutes might be better.