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IT'S YOUR WORD AGAINST MINE
This is a terrific Meetup group for people who enjoy playing Scrabble. We are an established totally free Scrabble Club of 37 years with players of different ability levels now adding Meetup contacts to the group. ** We do encourage new players to join our Meetup group only if they intend to actually attend and play Scrabble periodically. If you have no intentions of coming to our Meetup, or have not attended in the past six to eight months, we will keep our Meetup membership up to date with actual players, and may delete those who have not attended. This is standard policy amongst most Meetup Chapters. ** When: Scrabble sessions: Every Tuesday, 1:00 to 4:30pm and 6:00-9:30 pm. New players: 5:30 to 6:00pm for a short orientation meeting. The orientation time is a great way to learn about Club 34 and how we play. You will become familiar with our Scrabble equipment and some of the rules of the game. Please call Dr. David Poder, Club Director, at 7l[masked] prior to coming for the first time. Let him know if you plan to attend the afternoon or evening session! Where: The IHOP restaurant, 18782 Beach Blvd, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 (Between Ellis & Garfield) We play in a private room on the East side of the restaurant and sometimes in another private area on the West side of the IHOP. How: We play 4 games per session. We make every effort to match players of like ability so that all games are as competitive as possible. Most of our regular players have customized scrabble boards, attractive tiles and a chess clock programmed for the game of Scrabble. One of the biggest complaints we hear from casual players is that our friends or relatives don’t want to play Scrabble with me because “so and so” takes too long for each turn and the games last a very long time. So we came up with a solution for that. The chess clock is designed to ensure that most games finish 50 minutes or less. Each player has 25 minutes to make all of his or her plays. It is by no means speed Scrabble, but it does move along at a better pace than the typical home game. If you spend more than 25 minutes, you are penalized 10 points per minute of overtime. New players are of course exempt from this rule. Why: This is the $ 64,000 Question ! There are many reasons people enjoy playing at Club 34. 1) You enjoy playing the game, but after awhile you are too good and your friends and family members do not want to play with you any longer. 2) Not many people seem to have time to play a few games. 3) The Facebook and "Words With Friends" apps are fun, but you want to play a live person, socialize and not wait long periods of time for your opponent to make a move. 4) You may want a challenge and learn how to improve your game, both with strategy and word knowledge. How much you improve is entirely up to you. Club 34 offers you the opportunity to play Scrabble just for leisure or at more of a competitive level. What to Expect: A friendly group of people who enjoy playing Scrabble. The Group is not a social group first, but rather a Scrabble Group where socialization and friends develop inside and outside the venue. Our new players typically average 275 to 325 points per game. Our intermediate players average[masked] points while our expert players average over 400 points per game. Our expert players are quite skilled at this game but will be more than happy to take the time to teach you strategy, rack management and balance as well as time management. All of our members will be courteous to new players and take the time to welcome them to Club 34. We all remember the first time we walked into a Scrabble Club or setting, not unlike the first day of school. It can be a very intimidating experience but all members of Club 34 will welcome you with open arms. The Directors allow all new players to use study guides and references to look at while playing in their first many games at Club 34. We want you to feel welcome and above all to have fun and to want to return to Club 34 many times in the future!! Hope to see ALL of you at the IHOP. Happy Tiling!

IHOP

18782 Beach Blvd · Huntington Beach

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This is a terrific Meetup group for people who enjoy playing Scrabble. We are an established Scrabble Club of 25 years of different ability levels, and are now adding Meetup contacts to the group. The cost is free. Our directors also provide free soft drinks, coffee, or iced tea to all players. When: Every Tuesday, 1:00 PM to 4:30 pm, then 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm. Come to one or both sessions depending on how many games you would to like to play. Don't have time for 4 games? Anyone can pop in for just a round or two as well -- just show up and inform one of the directors you'd like to be paired up for the next round!

If possible, come 15 minutes before a session begins: this is a good time to get oriented with our Meetup Group and Club, socialize, get pointers, and review how the club game of Scrabble is played. Where: The IHOP restaurant, 18782 Beach Blvd, Huntington Beach, CA 92648

(Between Ellis & Garfield) We play in a private room on the East side of the restaurant.

How: We actually get in 4 games per session, and each game is one on one. This maximizes our Scrabble per player. No waiting around for 2 or 3 other players to take their turn.

Most of our regulars have Scrabble boards and colorful tiles and a chess clock. One of biggest observations we hear from casual players is that people don’t want to play Scrabble because “so and so” takes too long per turn, and the home games end up over 90 minutes...zzzz :-) So we came up with a solution for that:

The chess clock is used to ensure that most games finish in under 50 minutes. Each player has 25 minutes of game time for all moves, so it helps to make easier plays quicker. It is by no means speed Scrabble, but it does move along at a little better pace than the typical home game. Why: This is the $ 64,000 Question !

There are many reasons people enjoy playing at our Meetup and Club. Here are the most frequent reasons people come to play:

1) You enjoy playing the game, but after awhile you get good enough that you start running out of family, friends or coworkers who want to play you. Our club is sort of a sanctuary for players that started out as one of the best in their family / neighborhood.

2) Not many people seem to have time to play a few games.

3) The Facebook and Words With Friends apps are fun, but you want to play a live person, socialize, and not wait 12 to 24 hours for your opponent to make a move. 4) You may want a challenge and learn how to improve at Scrabble, both on the strategy and word knowledge. How much you improve is related to how quickly you learn.

What to Expect: A friendly group of people who enjoy playing Scrabble. The Group is not a social group first, but rather a Scrabble Group where socialization and friends develop inside and outside the Group.

Our newbies/novices typically average 275 to 325 pt a game. Our intermediate players about 340-375 pt. and our experts average over 400 pt per game. Our experts players are skilled and a great resource for a treasure trove of information on how a newer player can learn ways to increase their score, play better defense, and learn the subtleties of Scrabble. We all remember the first time we walked into a Scrabble Group, not unlike the first day of school, so we know how to relate to newer players. This group is not only one of the longest running Scrabble Groups in the U.S., but also one of the the most warm and welcoming. The directors allow all newbies the use of a double sided cheat sheet, which has all the allowable 2 and 3 letter words, J - Q- X - Z smaller words, double I and U words, etc. Hope to see some of you at the IHOP. Happy Tiling!

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