The group is a place for Scrabblers in Hong Kong to meet for face-to-face social games of Scrabble (which is still much better than playing online). We occasionally co-ordinate the Scrabble Meetups to follow a relatively easy hike organised through HongKongHikers.org, and we often play al fresco if the weather is suitable.
Our main venue (and group sponsor, meaning they cover the cost of running the meetup site) is The Trafalgar Brewing Company, an English-themed pub in Wanchai, with an in-house microbrewery and a fine selection of English ales & ciders, plus an extensive menu of "pub grub". We meet there once each month for relaxed social play, normally on the 4th (or sometimes the 3rd) Sunday.
In addition we occasionally have meetups at venues in other areas; please contact an organizer if you have a suggestion for a good venue. In all cases we ask that players remember that our venues are not charities and to order at least one or two items from them when we use their facilities.
Players of all ages and levels are welcome at our meetups, but please note that Scrabble is NOT a good way for you to improve your English. If that is your objective then one of the language exchange meetup groups would be better.
Note: If you sign up for an event, please remember to change your RSVP if you subsequently change your mind so that we don't unnecessarily hold extra seats at the venue. People who no-show (i.e. don't turn up when their RSVP is yes) twice will generally be removed from the group. We also regularly purge the membership list of people who have not logged in to the Scrabble Meetup for many months in order to reduce unwanted emails.
Style of play
We play standard Scrabble rules, generally with 4 player games initially, filling boards in the order people turn up. After that we try to swap people around between groups so that everyone gets to meet everyone else. We generally end up with some 2- and 3-player games as well, but we ask that people be flexible - the idea of the meetups is to be sociable, not overly competitive. Some people come for one or two games each time, and some stay for hours. It is rare for a meetup to last less than 5 or 6 hours, and 10 hours is not unheard of!
We have members from all over the world, so we generally play to the most inclusive dictionary, which is currently CSW12.
Players in a game sometimes agree to not use the "forfeit of turn on challenge" rule, particularly in games with less experienced participants. In general, if a game is to be more serious and to have strict forfeits then this should be agreed by all players up-front.
We don't normally play with timers, and we are relaxed about assistance to beginners. However, there are one or two more experienced players (you know who you are!) who do sometimes get asked to play to a timer when they get painfully slow.
It has become the custom of the group to take a photo whenever anyone scores a "bingo" by placing all 7 letters at once, and to post it to the photo album for the event, but there is no problem at all if you would prefer this not to be done in your case.