Scrabble Game Rules and How to Play Guide

In this article, you can read about the basic rules of the board game Scrabble and learn how to play. The object of the game is to spell words to score points and have the highest total at the end of the game.

The game ends when all the letters have been drawn and one player uses their last letter or when all possible plays have been made.

Setup

Layout the board and give each player a tile holder. The timer is optional to use to limit all or certain players in turn length. Place the letter tiles in a pouch and each player draws one. The player with the closest letter to a goes first. A blank tile beats any letter and if there is a tie the tied players redraw. Each player then draws seven tiles.

There are a few variations you can play with but these are the standard rules. On your turn, you place tiles on the board so that you spell a complete word that either reads top to bottom or left to right.

One of your tiles must touch a tile already in play and if that alters that word it must turn it into a new word. Additionally, any adjacent tiles your tiles touch must also form complete words similar to a crossword.

Scoring Points

You score points for each letter in all-new words form during your turn. Some letters may be counted twice if they are in more than one new word. If you didn’t change a word you don’t count the points. You are not allowed to shift or move tiles already played.

There are also bonus squares on the board. During the turn you play styles on these squares you apply its effects to every new word that letter affects. Bonus letter squares only affect the letter score while bonus word squares affect the entire word score.

The premium star square in the middle of the board has two effects. First, it determines where the first play must be. The first word played must cover that square. Its second effect is that it doubles the score of the first word. If ever you play 7 tiles from your rack you receive a bonus 50 points after your total scoring for that turn.

Blank tiles can be used as whatever letter you like. However, once they are played the letter they represent cannot be changed. At the end of your turn draw tiles from the bag until you have seven in your rack. Play then passes to the left.

During your turn, instead of playing tiles, you may swap tiles from your rack with new ones from the bag as long as there are more than seven tiles left in the bag. Place the discarding tiles facedown. Draw an equal number from the bag and add them to your rack. Then place the discarded tiles in the bag.

Non-allowed Words

Types of words that are not allowed are as follows, words that are always capitalized, abbreviations, prefixes and suffixes standing alone, words requiring a hyphen or an apostrophe, and any other non-real non-complete English word.

Players may challenge the legitimacy of an opponent’s word using a dictionary agreed to before beginning look up the word. If it is indeed a real word then the Challenger loses their next turn. But, if the word turns out to be unacceptable or spelled incorrectly, then the player takes back all the tiles used and loses that turn.

All words made in one play are challenged simultaneously. If any word is found unacceptable the entire play is unaccepted. Only one turn is lost on any challenge. You are only allowed to use a dictionary during a challenge.

Points Summary

Keep score on a score pad throughout the game. At the end of the game, all unplayed tiles in a player’s rack are subtracted from their total score. If a player played all their tiles then the total sum of all other players is unplayed tiles are added to the total of that player’s score. The player with the most points wins. If there is a tie then the player with the most points before deductions is the winner.

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