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Is it bad manners to resign? [Aug. 23rd, 2007|05:17 pm]
Douglas Spencer
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I've been playing Scrabulous (requires facebook login; it's a Scrabble® clone) a fair bit today. I've just offered a table to random passers-by, and found myself in a game with someone I don't know.

We've had six moves each, the score is 84 to 295, and he's resigned. I'm quite disappointed.

The last two words played were "EXIT" (22) and "BAbYISH" (108).

Ah well.
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[User Picture]From: watervole
2007-08-23 04:40 pm (UTC)
At 84 - 295, I suspect your opponent was feeling badly demoralised.

When offering a table, I'd think it polite to mention that you're a very good player.

In a face to face game, I'd probably carry on regardless of the score, but online with a stranger, the social aspect of the game would be missing and with a score like that, I'd probably have lost all interest at that point.
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2007-08-23 08:01 pm (UTC)
Good idea, I shall do so in future.

My approach is conditioned by my background -- see my reply to davidcook, below.
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[User Picture]From: ang_grrr
2007-08-23 04:56 pm (UTC)
I feel a hell of a lot better!
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[User Picture]From: daveon
2007-08-23 05:41 pm (UTC)
I'd probably run away crying like a baby myself too.

Remind me never to play Scrable with you.

My first year Rugby team at school were dire and on one occasion with the half time score at 69-0, I did wonder if we could just say it had been fun but can we all go home now.

We lost by 103-3.

I can't remember how we got the 3.
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[User Picture]From: lproven
2007-09-07 10:25 pm (UTC)
Douglas has recently whipped my ass but /good/ on Scrabulous, too.

Doug: what happened to that game? Also, you and I need to start a 3-way game with mr_flay. He's the next strongest player I know online. I'll just be the whipping boy for the pair of you, but I will enjoy spectating.
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[User Picture]From: hawkida
2007-08-23 05:41 pm (UTC)
With a difference in scores like that what's the point in continuing if you know you're out of your depth? It's possible but not that easy to communicate via Scrabulous, so a comment about why you're leaving isn't simple but I think it's understandable even if it comes across as rude.
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[User Picture]From: davidcook
2007-08-23 06:06 pm (UTC)
In Go, it is considered ... not quite dishonorable, but not quite polite, to continue playing a game where you're clearly outclassed and not going to win. Maybe he's applying a similar philosophy to Scrabble ?
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2007-08-23 06:34 pm (UTC)
My background is in National Scrabble Championship play, and in ranking games -- where whether or not you win is pretty much immaterial, but it's important to score highly. Someone who consistently loses in high-scoring games with (say) 350 points against 400 would end up with a higher ranking than someone who consistently wins in low-scoring games with (say) 250 points against 200. An early resignation when your opponent is likely to score highly is robbing him of the chance to count that game towards his ranking.

Golfers would recognise the distinction between matchplay (I beat my opponent this thoroughly) and strokeplay (I went round in this few strokes).
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[User Picture]From: pixiejuice
2007-08-23 06:06 pm (UTC)
Have you noticed any blimps with it ? Like if the other player makes a word thru a triple letter score etc they get the score but then if the secod player puts a word thru the same bonus square they don't they the bonus. And if you run a word along another in real scrbble you'd have to make proper words both horizonalty and vertically, this seems to let you get away with random letters touching.

Ok, so I'm annoyed I'm loosing one of my games, I admit it !
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[User Picture]From: davidcook
2007-08-23 06:08 pm (UTC)
Aha ! For a long time, I thought that the multiplier squares were counted everytime they were used - so you can use the double/triple word squares more than once, for example. Then I read the rules on the inside of the box ... and my Scrabble scores got a whole lot lower ...
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[User Picture]From: pixiejuice
2007-08-23 06:10 pm (UTC)
Oh I thought so too. It's how I've always played real scrabble. That sucks !
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From: jamesb
2007-08-23 06:19 pm (UTC)
its not bad manners at all, in actual fact its very mannerly and a decent way to honourable admit defeat.

james
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2007-08-23 06:36 pm (UTC)
See my comment to davidcook, above, where my expectations arise from my background.
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From: jamesb
2007-08-23 07:20 pm (UTC)
wow, thats serious stuff. I can understand that situation, but a game online for the fun of it, I revert back to my default response.
J
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[User Picture]From: watervole
2007-08-23 09:25 pm (UTC)
You need to look for an online Scrabble site that uses match play scoring systems. I'm sure there must be one.
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[User Picture]From: mary919
2007-08-25 11:03 pm (UTC)
I've just tried to play my first game and we've played two words and he's apparently wandered off without resigning... won't answer messages. grrr. The only places I've ever played online the only choice was what facebook calls "fast."

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