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Playing Scrabble on Facebook

Facebook is well-known for having lots of games, many of which, like Farmville and the newer King games like Farm Heroes and Candy Crush Saga, are known to be major time-suckers. However, Scrabble is a good game to play on Facebook for those of us who don't want to sit in front of our computers until we wither away from starvation, deaf to the entreaties of our loved ones to tear ourselves away from the madness.

See, unlike the other games that go on and on through level after level or which you can fuss with for hours, all Scrabble requires is that you make one move. You play with a real live opponent (make a game with your friends, or even hook up with a random opponent who wants to play--no friend request required), but the game is asynchronous (fans of Greek roots will know that means "not same time"), so you don't need to be online together; you just do your thing and hand the board back. It's like sending an email, rather than instant-messaging: you get to it when you want, send it, and then they get to it when they want and send it back. Very laid-back, and NOT a time-sucker, but of course you DO have the option to start as many games as you addict, you!

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MegL wrote on May 30, 2015, 6:04 AM

I try to stay away from all those games, as you say, major time sucker emoticon :sad:

msiduri wrote on May 30, 2015, 8:52 AM

Yeah, I mean unlike Person Papers which doesn't suck any time...

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Kasman wrote on May 30, 2015, 9:37 AM

So, potentially, a game could go on for months? I don't think I could sustain the interest in one game for an extended period like that.

carolscash wrote on June 1, 2015, 11:16 AM

I have stopped playing most of my FB games as they were time wasters and I don't have that kind of time

AliCanary wrote on June 1, 2015, 5:37 PM

Asynchronous games are self-limiting, though, so you could have some fun without going overboard. I think it's a nice diversion.

AliCanary wrote on June 1, 2015, 5:38 PM

Ha Ha! One could spend a good bit of time poking around in here, it's true!

AliCanary wrote on June 1, 2015, 5:39 PM

Yes, but usually it's just more like days, or maybe weeks--depends on the players. In terms of efficiency, I usually have better luck in two-player games.

AliCanary wrote on June 1, 2015, 5:40 PM

Some of them can definitely suck you in--I have to try to discipline myself.