Although it is primarily played on computers and handheld devices, Words With Friends ™ is more accurately categorized as a board game. A common misperception of the game is that it is purely a game of memorization – the one who knows the most words wins.
The game is popular and successful because it is easy to play. Put some letters down, make a word, and score points—this is where beginners make their first assumption and ultimately their first mistake.
Beginners’ first inclination is to play the longest word they can find in their rack hoping to score the big points.
Winning in Words With Friends ™ can be attributed to three elements: Luck, Memory and Board & Tile Management, in exactly that order.
Surprise! Luck plays the strongest part in the outcome of your game. After all, your tiles are randomly placed in your rack by the game’s algorithm. Luck—both good and bad—is a large part of what will determine what words you can make on your next play.
You feel the adverse effects of this randomness when:
Some games ultimately feel as though the tile gods are completely against you and you can’t make any headway against your opponent. Luckily, the tricks in this book will help you make better plays despite getting tile that are low-scoring or difficult to play.
Sometimes, weird, unlikely things happen: