What we're about

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 a selection of English ales & ciders, plus an extensive menu of "pub grub". We meet there for relaxed social play, normally once a month and generally on 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 (with the exception that we play tournament rules for challenges), 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 now CSW19.

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.

Upcoming events (1)

Sunday lunch and afternoon social Scrabble at the FCC

The Foreign Correspondents’ Club, Hong Kong


As with last few events, this will be in the Hughes Room at the FCC (go up the stairs from the lobby; follow the signs).

We will have 4-5 tables/boards of 4 to comply with regulations.

As an experiment this month Debbie will host one table (or perhaps two) which she describes as “fun and non-competitive” with an emphasis on playing only words in common usage. All are welcome to choose between those and the tables playing to the rules and word lists that this group has traditionally used.

Although the time is shown as 12:30pm, 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 rare for the last games to start before about 5pm).

The FCC offers good value food in a variety of cuisines, and excellent value wines and other drinks. Because it is a private members' club you will need to reimburse the host (Paul) by cash or FPS for whatever you consume.

Please update your RSVP if you can no longer make it, so other people get a chance to join this capacity-limited event.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The FCC is a business not a charity so please be prepared to buy at least 2 drinks or, preferably, some food. Please do not bring outside food or drink to the venue.

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Sunday lunch and afternoon social Scrabble at the FCC

The Foreign Correspondents’ Club, Hong Kong

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