We are not a casual group for absolute beginners. Our mission, and what you should and should
not expect from us:
1) To foster competitive Scrabble® play.
... our regulars include the highest percentage of the most skilled
regular club attendees in NYC.
... all are welcome, we also have plenty of players at various lower
levels of skill. Our players range from teenagers to octogenarians;
from writers to chefs to dog-walkers. We also let in braggarts and
blowhards, but we don't let them out without giving them their
... it's not a social club that also plays Scrabble, it's a Scrabble
club that occasionally also fosters socialization outside of the club.
... you come to us because you're looking for a stimulating challenge,
a genuine battle of wits, as you've run out of that among your
relatives, friends and neighbors.
... we're not a substitute for something missing in your life, tho many
do view competing at Scrabble as a form of therapy; we're the focal
point of something you already had at least a minor obsession with.
... we're not going to take it easy on you just because you're a
"beginner" -- lots of players are developing their skills online these
days before they ever come in for face-to-face play, so we can no
longer make assumptions that you're unskilled just because we've
never seen you before. But if you are relatively unskilled, we hope
you're mature enough to take a beating or several and view getting
your revenge as an intellectual challenge, and we will gladly show
you a few ideas to help you improve quickly.
2) To increase your awareness of the vastity of language, the
in North American usage of English, and the amount of international
culture it now absorbs.
... your degree in English doesn't mean you know the only way to
use English, and more words than the average bear; our dictionary
is THE dictionary, arguing with it is tiresome and pointless. Our
dog-walker will defeat a surprisingly high percentage of English
professors and scriptwriters, and he’s not even Hank Azaria.
3) To increase your understanding of how to mathematically optimize
the application of your vocabulary and spelling skills in conjunction
with values of the letter set and the geometry of the game board.