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Board Game Analysis and Re-design – Scrabble

Continuation of board game analysis task…

Type of game: Strategic game
Age range: N/A
Number of players: 2-4
Aim of the game: “Forming inter-locking words, crossword fashion, on the Scrabble board, using letter tiles with various score values. The player with the highest score wins!”
How to play:

  • Each player collects a rack and 7 tiles from the bag
  • The first player combines two or more of his tiles to their tiles to form a word and places them onto the board starting at the centre tile (this is worth a double word score)
  • A player completes their turn by counting and announcing their score which is recorded by the scorekeeper
  • They then draw tiles to keep 7 tiles on their rack
  • Play then passes to left and has their turn
  • This continues until all tiles have been drawn and then one player runs out of tiles in their rack
  • There are special squares which can either double the letter score, triple the letter score, double the word score or double the letter score
  • The game also includes blank tiles which don’t score any points but can represent any letter


  • 1 gameboard
  • 1 cloth bag for tiles
  • 1 set of 100 tiles
  • 4 tile racks
  • 1 score pad
  • 1 pencil

How could it be re-designed?
For Scrabble the major elements are

  • Creating words with tiles

The minor elements are

  • Special spaces, double and triple scores

The only way I could think to re-design this game would be to add a minor element of a bonus book. This book would contain words such as androgyny, equality and feminism. If these words are created from the bonus book the player would get extra points.
This book could be an added extra of the game and other ones could be bought in different categories.
Scrabble only has one major element which is creating words with tiles, taking this out the game and replacing it with something else can’t really be done as this is a fundamental part of the game.
Analysing this game: Scrabble is a very hard game to re-design as it is so simple. The added books idea is not very creative and is definitely not a route I want to take.

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