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Sunday afternoon social Scrabble at The Trafalgar Brewing Company
(The quorum for this is 6 people signed up at 4pm on the previous day, otherwise it will be cancelled.) As usual we will be at The Trafalgar Brewing Company which is in Wan Chai North at the Causeway Centre, with a nice covered, but airy, outdoor terrace and a spacious & comfy interior. Although the time is shown as 1pm, people are welcome to come later if that fits better for you - you'll just need to wait a few minutes for a game to finish so you can join the next one. If you plan to arrive after 4pm then call or message Paul to check how long the event looks like going on (though it's very rare for the last games to start before about 6pm). The Trafalgar Brewing Company is an English-style pub; they will have the weekend/holiday brunch set menu until 4pm, and the full a la carte menu all afternoon, which is traditional pub grub with prices ranging from $65 (for snacks) up to $400+ for steaks and all sorts in between. There are several choices for vegetarians. They have real beers on draught, over 20 choices of English ales & ciders in bottles, plus all the usual pub drinks. In conjunction with the set brunch menu, house wines is currently all you want for 2 hours for HK$50! As our group sponsor, Trafalgar offers us a 20% discount on food and drinks (which will also already be at the lower happy hour price before discount until 8pm). Please update your RSVP if you can no longer make it, so I don't end up holding tables empty unnecessarily. IMPORTANT NOTE: Trafalgar isn't a charity - they sponsor our group (meaning that they pay for the cost of running this Meetup site), but, in return, if you come then please be prepared to buy at least 2 drinks or some food. Please do not bring outside food or drink to the venue. To get to The Trafalgar Brewing Company see the map by clicking on the location above. It is located on the 1/F (2/F to Americans) walkway on the eastern side of the Causeway Centre. By bus, the Wanchai Ferry Pier bus terminus is close by. For buses along Hennessy Road get off at a stop near Stewart Road, walk along Stewart Road towards the harbour, then take the bridge to cross Gloucester Road to the Causeway Centre. By MTR, Wanchai Exit A5, take the highwalk to Immigration Tower, then turn basically right, through Central Plaza, past the Great Eagle Centre & Harbour Centre and on to the Causeway Centre.

The Trafalgar Brewing Company

Shop 10, 1/F, Causeway Centre, 28 Harbour Road · Wan Chai

What we're about

Public Group

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).

Our main venue (and group sponsor) is The Trafalgar Brewing Company (https://www.facebook.com/trafalgar.brewing.co), 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 for relaxed social play, normally every 4th week and generally alternating between Saturday and Sunday afternoons. We normally play in the outdoor area if the weather is suitable.

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 play to the most inclusive dictionary, which is currently CSW15.

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.

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