One of my time-wasters is to play Words with Friends on my iPhone. I typically have a number of games going at the same time. I’ve always been a strategic player, focusing more energy on scoring points than making long words. Recently, however, I’ve been experimenting with a couple of additional strategies. First, sacrificing my own potential points to block my opponent from a large score. Second, trying to setup higher multiple turn scores.
It’s difficult to measure the success of the first strategy, as I seldom have the opportunity to know what would have happened had I not blocked my opponent. The second strategy, however, is quite measurable. It either works as planned, or it gets blocked by my opponent. So far, it’s been blocked more often than not.
There are, naturally, other small strategies that come into play. For example, I typically like to play a Q as soon as a decent opportunity presents itself. Likewise for the other rare letters.
It’s not often that all of these things come together, but in the board shown here that is exactly what happened. The result is that I have a plethora of choices of where to play. Note that I’m not counting the choices of words when I say that, and it may be that many of my choices are eliminated by what words I can actually form.
The choices that jump out at me are:
- Play the Q with the U and DW – get ‘er done!
- Play the S at the end of JET to get the TW (and probably the TL) – points!
- Try to preserve the S and play on the other J TW – block & gamble.
- Play on the TW at the top right – block, but low percentage.
I have yet to decide, so I hope you’re not waiting for any sort of conclusion. 🙂
Oh, and if you want to play WWF, my username (as seen in the image) is RenM.