Mark your calendars.
With Christmas just around the corner, getting a practice game or two of Scrabble in before the annual family showdown sounds like a pretty good idea, right?
Which is why, when we learned that an immersive Scrabble pop-up is coming to London, we couldn’t contain our excitement.
To mark the well-loved board game’s 70th birthday, the immersive experience will be open to the public on Sunday 28 October at Westfield London.
In addition to a line-up of immersive experiences – including a giant 3D Scrabble tile – wordsmiths will also be able to try their hand at playing the Scrabble Space Edition (the world’s first gravity-defying version). As it turns out, astronauts are encouraged to play the board game in space (who knew!?)
“Our Scrabble board had Velcro on the back, as did each alphabet piece. The beauty of a spaceship is that if you lose a piece you only have to wait until it turns up in the filter,” said Chris Hadfield, an astronaut.
And the best part? You’ll be able to watch the world’s greatest players go head-to-head live in the World Scrabble Championship Finale and will get the chance to play against Scrabble experts themselves.
Scrabble fans will also be given the opportunity to vote for the next word to appear in the Scrabble dictionary.
Launched in the Fifties, the allure of a brilliantly-placed word has lured gamers in for decades – but the official Scrabble dictionary has long been a source of contention for many modern-day fans. For example, why isn’t OK an approved word yet? Why?!
Well, fellow Scrabble-loving fans, things are changing… and for the better. That’s right: the board game has been given an upgrade, with a whopping 300 new words being added to the official Scrabble dictionary. And there are certainly some millennial-approved zingers in there, too: think sriracha, beatdown, zomboid, twerk, sheeple, wayback, bibimbap, botnet, emoji, facepalm, frowny, hivemind, puggle and yowza.
Better still? Some much-needed two-letter words, such as ew and that elusive OK, have made the cut, too.
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The pop-up will be a one-day only event on Sunday 28 October from 12pm to 8pm.