Friday, May 1, 2009

Will the history repeat itself, with Grabbler?

Word games have been around the corner for quite some time now. Some give clues to guess the word, some give letters to make maximum possible words. Each one trying out a different strategy but to obtain a simple objective - form words. I remember to have played a few word games during my childhood days Scrabble, Word Crosswords being the notable ones. Well, times change, paper-pen games are remnants of the bygone days and now its an era of games on Facebook.

On and off, I had been playing Scrabble on Facebook, until i found Grabbler. It is a multi-player game which tests your word making skills, with its unique cubes. Err...on second thoughts, not so unique cubes. Actually, the possiblity that you would get the same cube again in a game is 144 in 26!/20! i.e. 1 in 1,151,150. Hence, the not so unique cubes. Over the last 45 days I have been hooked on to the game. I think I have even played a few moves in my sleep. And, tonight, I have decided I will stop playing it, at least for a few weeks. I would like to catch up more sleep in the coming few days. This decision has come after a lot of deliberations. The addict wanting to sniff more and the reasonable self in me wanting to shun it.

But, this does not stop me from appreciating the game. After a long time, a game caught my imagination. The game has a pleasant interface and has the right combination of skill and luck. It is well matched with a test of patience too. It has been fun, having beaten some very good players and remaining invincible. The eye catching feeds have been such a delight to post on the profile. Although, the game has been introduced very recently, I think this game will definitely climb the ladder pretty fast. Moreover, it is a good change for some one bored by the age old Scrabble.

That reminds me of the fact that Scrabble was created by Alfred Mosher Butts during the Great Depression in the 1930s and the game went on to occupy space in every other household. Almost eight decades later, the world is going through another major economic slowdown and Grabbler has been created. Will the history repeat itself?

Well that remains to be seen, but for now, it is adios Grabbler,for me.