International Games Day is coming up this Friday, and one of the games we'll be offering on both campuses is Scrabble. Now, Scrabble is a great game, but do you know what's more fun than regular Scrabble? Playing by Calvinball rules.
To begin with, forget about keeping score. You can tally up what a word might be worth, if that amuses you, but all games end with a truce - there is no winner.
And all those pesky rules, like not being allowed to use foreign words, colloquialisms or abbreviations? Forget them. You can make up whatever rules you like. Maybe all foreign words are acceptable as long as you can explain them while using a bad fake accent. Maybe any word, when challenged, must be used in a song. Perhaps onomatopoeia must be mimed, and abbreviations require a formal apology. Or words longer than six letters (or worth more than 30 points) must be given a round of applause.
Or, perhaps you might choose to play with no rules at all.
International Games Day is on Friday, 30th of October 1pm-4pm in both Townsville and Cairns. There will be pizza. Thanks to the Co-op Bookshop and Realms of Magic and Miniatures, we'll also have door prizes in Townsville. Cairns doesn't have any sponsored prizes, but rumour has it there will be some very interesting tech to play with - definitely worth dropping in to the library to check it out.
We hope to see you there.