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.
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