Scrabble Letter Tiles with Player's Rack

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LEFT: Scrabble Game Board with Tile Pieces

RIGHT: Score Points Throughout the Game

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American architect Alfred Mosher Butts invented the precursor to Scrabble in 1938 named Lexiko. The first few sets were made by himself and unsuccessfully sold to any major game manufactureers of the day. Butts soon met a game loving business man name James Brunot. Together they refined the game design and dubbed the game Scrabble.


Eventually the trademark was purchased by Selchow & Righter, and in 1986 Coleco purchase Selchow & Righter, which is proceeded by Hasbro purchase of Coleco's  asset after Coleco went bankrupt in 1989. (1)



Scrabble is a word game where two to four players score points by placing tiles on the game board forming a word that's defined in the dictionary. Each of the tiles has a letter and the points for playing that letter should the player succeed in forming the word. The game flow follows crossword puzzle and plays from left to right or downwards.



Scrabble is one of the most iconic game in the states, with championship held in many major US city. (2) Some high school English class has even employed playing scrabble as a way of education.


Street Scrabble can be found all over the world for pedestrian fun or large scale tournaments.


Street Scrabble in Oslo, Norway

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Game box for playing Senet

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The origin of games is one of the oldest human civilization lineage, spanning over millenniums of development to date. From archaeological evidence traditional games is one of the fundamental aspect of life in the ancient world, and is paramount to the development of social culture and military strategies. Many of these games became modern day family fun for holidays and occasions to enjoy.

Family Playing Boardgame Together

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