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All in the game

It's not often that I can boast about being good at a game for I'm a complete non-sports person: always short of expertise and stamina for outdoor games. Even with indoor games, I can just about save my face. With the exception of one particular game. It's called Boggle. Have you ever heard of it? It looks like this:



Yes, you guessed it right. It's a word game where you need to make as many words as possible-rules apply-within a stipulated time. There are points assigned vis-a-vis the number of letters in a word. Bigger the word, higher the points. The player with the maximum points emerges winner. A minimum of two players can play; there is no upper limit, though if there are too many then the fun is lost since common words get cancelled out. 

The grid holds the letter cubes and the box needs to be shuffled and placed with all the cubes falling into the grid. The timer is then set and the players need to write out as many correct words as possible.




I've always like word games but this game is my favourite with scrabble coming a close second, not because I've a knack for it (pardon the immodesty, please) but because in my opinion, scrabble is also about chance. You need to be lucky to get favourable set of letters. However in this game, there is equal opportunity present to all. It is a game of quick thinking, attention and concentration.

Over years, the game was introduced and played with a host of friends, cousins, aunts and uncles- a wonderful way to pass time and bond. There are lots of good memories associated with this game. The silly fights and arguments over the validity of a particular word-we'd even sit with dictionaries to prove our point and in the process stealthily look for possible words that can be made, override the timer to scribble in the last few words,  fight over points, oh, the small joys!


Alas! being a good player comes with its share of disadvantages. What's that, you ask? Well, no one likes to lose you see and worse is to have the same person win almost all the time. The winner being, ahem.. yours truly. These people have even boycotted me from playing the game. Jealous people!

So, friends, that's the story of this lovely game, Boggle.  It's been ages that I've even looked at this. Maybe someday, I'll play this again. R might be my new game partner. 
I took this out specially to click pictures of it. Things that I've to resort to, to keep this marathon going!

Have a happy week!

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  1. Never played this one..but it looks like a lot of fun. :)

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    1. It is, Aparna..do play if you get a chance to :-)

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  2. I love word games.. I used to play scrabble everynight before my daughter was born. I remember having Boggle as a child but it never caught on with me.

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    1. I love scrabble too...just that I love boggle a little more ;-)

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  3. interesting, played online versions, didn't imagine it's a boardgame first!

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    1. oh, is it online too?...didn't know..!

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  4. oohh... vintage games :D I am in love with this one. Need to pick one soon now. :) thanks for reminding

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    1. sure, you're welcome, Pallavi :-)

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  5. hahahaa this is such a cute funny post!!
    I love boggle too..only played the online version.. It will be so cool to have it as a board game!

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    1. aah..I never knew its available online..need to check it out :-)

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  6. Have played Boggle and lost! Nice post -another down memory lane!

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    1. o..oh..:-) thanks, Jane..its nice to know many have played it before..

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  7. nice, but i still prefer scrabble and lex, that i play regularly and love to play with those who likes challenges :))

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    1. oh..you are biased..wait till you play boggle :-)

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  8. Never heard about this. but yes this promises to be fun with all those brain racking sessions for new words :)

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    1. It is fun, Me..though you don't have to invent new words..;-)

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  9. I don't mean to boast but I used to be quite the Boggle champ in my time. :)

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    1. yay! *high-five* to that!!! :-)))

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  10. Hmmm....


    http://theepz-madcrafts.blogspot.in/

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  11. Have never played this game - haven't even heard of it actually - but it sounds cool! Ads and I just started on scrabble.

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    1. you must try this, Aparna..it has its own flavour..Ads will also love it :-)

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  12. As a kid, even I used to play this game a lot!! Lovely memories.. :-)

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  13. Wow...purani yaadein.....Bahut mazaaa aaya...

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    1. hai na?..waiting for R and S to grow up and we can all play again..what say??

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    2. haha super majaaa it wass...never was able to beat you at it ...grrrr :D :D

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    3. P.S: There is a boggle version on smartphones now...called "scramble" :-) I was super happy to beat Swati on it for a long time but now she is super expert so I stopped playing with her :D :D :D ....just like old times :D

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    4. oye, Mr. Ravi kitthe ho tussi??? romba busy aa?
      I am so glad Swati beat you at scramble..muahahaha..

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  14. aaah old memories.. and that sand clock!

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    1. oh..I love the sand clock too :-)

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  15. First three lines of your post sounded like coming from my heart :)
    hehe..

    About Boggle - yes have played it - bahcpan mein kabhi :)
    Sounds interesting to start it again now. Will see if I can find it.

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    1. hahaha..let me know if you find it...i doubt it is still available..:-(

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  16. I so suck at board games. Maybe I am scared to lose ;) But yes I have been thinking of getting a junior scrabble for N so that might be nice!!

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    1. hehe..ya scrabble is a good way to start :-)

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  17. never heard about Boggle.. seems interesting. I loved playing scrabble a lot

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    1. It is an interesting game, Jas..pretty much like the jumble word game that features in the newspapers..but this has a pretty timer too :-)

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  18. Good one :D yeah even I love board games :D so you are :D Boggle expert! nice to know about the game!

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  19. Thanks for reminding me of this one Uma, I should pick it up for D and me the next time I come across it !! There's one letter game we're enjoying on the iPad/iPod currently - it's called LetterPress :)

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    1. If and when we have a iPad, I'll keep this in mind :-)))
      you are most welcome..do let me know if it is available in the stores.

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  20. I TOTALLLLY LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE THIS GAME! and like you said no one likes to play this game since it taxes the brain too much and then they wont think and then i make a 100 words and then no one wants to play with me because i always win! :( I think let's both play! what say?

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    1. YAYAY!! when do we meet for a game of Boggle??? would really love it :-)))

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