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license-plate games, Scrabble (was: oh, you wouldn't believe)

From:James Campbell <james@...>
Date:Friday, August 24, 2001, 9:56
Yoon Ha Lee eskrë »

> Incongruously obconlang: Anyone have license-plate games or the equivalent > for their conlangs? <G> (Or whatever mutilation thereof.) Scrabble?
Scrabble... a couple of years ago I did a letter count from my Jameld database on all words of 8 letters or less, and worked out from the printout which letters should score what, and how many tiles of each letter there should be*. But my enthusiasm for actually *making* a set (or mutilating an English set) was outweighed by the fact that there'd be no one to play it with, or at least the 2 possible opponents are an Atlantic away (hi Thomas, hi Josh... you there?). [* There were 1570 Es found (including É and Ë), followed in descending frequency by A, N, I, T, R, L, S, O and U. Each would score 1 point. The least frequent letters were J (85), C (75), X (36) and Q (17). C and Q would score 10. X is an 8, as it's easier to play than C for various reasons. TS, of course, is a separate letter, and scores 3.] I've always wanted to do a Jameld version of Monopoly (Jorthelquadrat, with a hotel... that's 2000 merkas please!). Last year in a shop in Barbados I saw a print-your-own Monopoly set software package, which I guess is a US product and not available Over Here. Something like that would be useful. Or Jameld fridge poetry... mmm... Enough rambling, Jim. ========================================================================= James Campbell Zeugma--Our Life Is Design Doleo ergo sum (Marvin) =========================================================================