Typographic scrabble

Chris Dean's picture
Joshua Langman's picture


I've wanted someone to make me IPA Scrabble for ages.

Nick Shinn's picture

Does the mix of fonts help or hinder one’s ability to play, or have no effect?

Karl Stange's picture

Does the mix of fonts help or hinder one’s ability to play, or have no effect?

I suppose that depends on whether you want to use it as an excuse for losing...

hrant's picture

Nick, I suspect the negative effect would be proportional to one's typophilia.


Nick Shinn's picture

The latest theory is “hard to read makes you think more”.
I wonder if that applies here.
This would lend itself to statistical testing—evaluating a player’s scores with a normal board vs this.
I found it annoying to play with the P22 pack, but this is a different kettle of fish.

Chris Dean's picture

I’m pretty sure I can say it makes no difference as I wrote a paper on a similar effect. I replicated Stroop’s 1935 study, only I used fonts and font names instead of colours and colour names. Even to typographers, there was no effect of interference.


Ryan Maelhorn's picture

That deck looks distracting as hell. What do you play, Nick?

Nick Shinn's picture

Travel Scrabble.

cerulean's picture

It looks like it would lend itself nicely to a house rule giving a bonus for playing a word all in one face.

Chris Dean's picture

Not sure I understand the rules, but it looks pretty — http://tatianalara.prosite.com/30155/314442/gallery/grid-board-game

5star's picture

Looks like chocolate.


oldnick's picture

The counterless O might be mistaken for a fine, fat rounded I but, otherwise, I see no problem with Scrabbling effectively.

Nick, the P22 deck is annoying because, frankly, it wasn't designed very well. Sometimes, you need a little more than mere novelty…

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