Words With (Metafilter) Friends February 10, 2010 9:31 AM   Subscribe

Words With Friends Free is a free implementation of Scrabble for the iPhone. One of the nice things is being able to invite players by username. Let's get our words on; post your Words With Friends username here if you'd like to play. I'm on Words With Friends as "DWRoelands". (I am assuming these sorts of posts are still okay, based on the similar Spore thread from a while back. Please delete if things have changed.)
posted by DWRoelands to MetaFilter-Related at 9:31 AM (96 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite

I'm on as Rinich.
posted by Rory Marinich at 9:33 AM on February 10, 2010


greekphilosophy.

I think. I downloaded it and haven't ever used it, and I think someone started a game with me and it never notified me.
posted by greekphilosophy at 9:42 AM on February 10, 2010


dirtdirt
posted by dirtdirt at 9:50 AM on February 10, 2010


pravit
posted by pravit at 9:54 AM on February 10, 2010


tristeza
posted by tristeza at 10:20 AM on February 10, 2010


I'm on there as ufez, but I wouldn't challenge me to a game unless you don't mind really slow-paced games, especially on weekdays.
posted by Ufez Jones at 10:20 AM on February 10, 2010


I'm on as scottreynen. I also play slowly.
posted by scottreynen at 10:24 AM on February 10, 2010


I'm tomierna on there too :D
posted by tomierna at 10:25 AM on February 10, 2010


morganannie
posted by morganannie at 10:29 AM on February 10, 2010


I'm zerokey on there. Expect to win.
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 10:31 AM on February 10, 2010


cjorgensen
posted by cjorgensen at 10:36 AM on February 10, 2010


fromabasement
posted by chococat at 10:51 AM on February 10, 2010


Speaking of Scrabble on the iPhone, I bought it the other day.

It doesn't support bluetooth play against one's spouse. What a complete, dick-headed waste of my money. EA and Hasbro: assholes to the max. Lazy fucks knock out a lame implementation and then have the gall to charge five bucks.

My idea: create a Scr*bble engine, where the players define where the bonus score tile locations are placed, the size of the board, etc. It won't infringe on the asshole's game patent, while at the same time allowing individuals to go right ahead and violate the hell out of it all on their own. I think I'll name it "Fuck you, Hasbro."
posted by five fresh fish at 11:03 AM on February 10, 2010 [6 favorites]


BTW, Don't buy Scrabble for the iPhone. Just want to make sure I've made that point really clearly.
posted by five fresh fish at 11:03 AM on February 10, 2010 [1 favorite]


I'm on as word destroyer.. have 14 games going right now.. think I've developed a bit of a problem.
posted by pwally at 11:17 AM on February 10, 2010


I am shawnstring and I suck at scrabble. But would love to play
posted by ShawnString at 11:18 AM on February 10, 2010


I am muneer78 on there.
posted by reenum at 11:26 AM on February 10, 2010


I'm on as Danyo
posted by gnutron at 11:35 AM on February 10, 2010


I'm on as nicwolff.
posted by nicwolff at 11:47 AM on February 10, 2010


brody4
posted by studentbaker at 11:51 AM on February 10, 2010


pomtom
posted by pompomtom at 12:42 PM on February 10, 2010


CheetahChiq78

I spend way too much time playing!
posted by TurquoiseZebra at 12:44 PM on February 10, 2010


In as memok. Non native speaker so these games are both fun and frustrating for me.
posted by Memo at 12:45 PM on February 10, 2010


ColdChef. I just downloaded this and I've never played a game before, so be gentle.
posted by ColdChef at 12:45 PM on February 10, 2010


mykahsmom
posted by ramix at 12:45 PM on February 10, 2010


itstheclamsname

I'm just trying it out, so expect a slow game with a richly rewarding victory at the end.
posted by itstheclamsname at 12:46 PM on February 10, 2010


How long does a game normally take on this thing?
posted by ColdChef at 12:51 PM on February 10, 2010


eyeballkid
posted by eyeballkid at 12:58 PM on February 10, 2010


BTW, Don't buy Scrabble for the iPhone. Just want to make sure I've made that point really clearly.

Yes. 1000x yes. Words with Friends may be buggy at times and the dictionary is laugh out loud absurd and the servers grind to a total halt frequently, but it's leaps and bounds above Scrabble.
posted by eyeballkid at 12:59 PM on February 10, 2010 [1 favorite]


Coldchef, that's the nice thing about this you play when you can. One person plays, the other might play in 5 min or 5 hours.
posted by ShawnString at 1:02 PM on February 10, 2010


Took me just 18 minutes to get tired of the ads and download the paid version.
posted by ColdChef at 1:03 PM on February 10, 2010


I GOT RIPPED IN FOUR WEEKS!!!!!!
posted by eyeballkid at 1:13 PM on February 10, 2010 [1 favorite]


Sorry Rinich, I really hate these damn ads. I'm going to go back to the scrabble app.
posted by greekphilosophy at 1:18 PM on February 10, 2010


I'm pretty sure this will be a bad thing because I don't have the time for the 5 games I'm already playing, but:

Valette
posted by rhapsodie at 1:18 PM on February 10, 2010


ColdChef: I find most of my games last about 5 days or so on average, although I'm in the middle of one that's nearly a month old, so YMMV.

Fun bonus fact: if you're in a game vs eyeballkid and play the word "HATE", a small but powerful electric shock will be sent directly to his left testicle. Try it!
posted by Ufez Jones at 1:19 PM on February 10, 2010


slogger

Expect a slow game from me, a real slog if you will.

Ha! See what I did there?

I'm such a dork.

posted by slogger at 1:19 PM on February 10, 2010


mpricemitchell

I love the "play when you can" concept. Makes having multiple games on the go a must though.
posted by melissa at 1:22 PM on February 10, 2010


I picked up Scrabble a few months ago, but I like this one. Even that ads don't bug me much.
Now, if only someone would write an ISC client, life would be grand (stupidass no java iPhone)
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 1:31 PM on February 10, 2010


so far dirtdirt is kicking my butt. And DWRoelands is good too.
posted by morganannie at 1:31 PM on February 10, 2010


I think my game with ColdChef bugged out.
posted by Memo at 1:41 PM on February 10, 2010


I just signed up as -- wait for it -- theredpen.
posted by theredpen at 1:42 PM on February 10, 2010


Don't worry morganannie - DWRoelands just dropped a 99-point/4-letter hurting on me.
posted by dirtdirt at 2:22 PM on February 10, 2010


I know that DWRoelands is a ringer. Man that cat is good
posted by ShawnString at 2:37 PM on February 10, 2010


For what it's worth, I like scrabble for the iphone.

They've done a number of substantial updates. I bought it a long time ago to play against the computer and it worked pretty well. Then they added facebook support, which is sort of like words with friends. On the down side I think you need to use facebook to play that way. On the plus side there is a flash client for people who don't have iphones.
posted by Wood at 2:44 PM on February 10, 2010


on as zadcat
posted by zadcat at 2:52 PM on February 10, 2010


I think my game with ColdChef bugged out.

Yeah, I've had three games freeze up so far. Buggy. But fun while it ain't crashing.
posted by ColdChef at 2:53 PM on February 10, 2010


ShawnString: "One person plays, the other might play in 5 min or 5 hours."

Or 5 days. I'm bad about playing in fits and starts. I have a backlog at the moment, but...


shannonhubbell
posted by brundlefly at 3:09 PM on February 10, 2010


immlass

And I'm slow sometimes, so if you like really fast turnaround, I may not be your best bet even when it doesn't take 5 minutes to register a turn.
posted by immlass at 3:16 PM on February 10, 2010


You know, in another thread, I was all "*huff* not everyone has an iPhone". (apparently it's just everyone but me.)
posted by Karmakaze at 3:26 PM on February 10, 2010


ShitShitShit. Four games just crashed at once and are now showing up as "losses." I'm thinking about deleting this game. That's just frustrating as hell.
posted by ColdChef at 3:39 PM on February 10, 2010


I'm on it as "oog". I'm very excited erudite logophile MeFites are playing this thing!
posted by ooga_booga at 3:40 PM on February 10, 2010


does anybody play fast and isn't that great?

i started playing a week ago and have lost every game i've played so far.

also, anybody play a lot in the middle of the night US time?
posted by dogwalker at 3:40 PM on February 10, 2010


martymart

Hurray!
posted by mmmbacon at 3:42 PM on February 10, 2010


Four games just crashed at once and are now showing up as "losses."

That happened to me and they came back after updating the app. I mean, I still got my ass handed to me, but at least I got to finish the games.
posted by dogwalker at 3:45 PM on February 10, 2010


So can I get a refund on my purchase of the craptacular Electronic Arts version of Scrabble? Or is App Store a one-way-only money siphon?
posted by five fresh fish at 3:48 PM on February 10, 2010


And me. I'm there too. With an account name strikingly similar to this one.
posted by ardgedee at 3:54 PM on February 10, 2010


Okay, I hate to be the only Negative Nancy here, but...is there no way to see a board after the game is over? Cruddy.

(On the upside, ShawnString and I just discovered that profanity plays!)
posted by ColdChef at 3:59 PM on February 10, 2010


Sharikov
posted by Behemoth at 4:03 PM on February 10, 2010


ColdChef: "Okay, I hate to be the only Negative Nancy here, but...is there no way to see a board after the game is over? Cruddy."

Really? I can. Just scroll down on the main screen. There's a Game Over section.
posted by brundlefly at 4:29 PM on February 10, 2010


How can scrabble over the Internet possibly work? You can destroy your opponents by having a dictionary or solver out and there's no way the software could know.
posted by floam at 4:45 PM on February 10, 2010


How can scrabble over the Internet possibly work? You can destroy your opponents by having a dictionary or solver out and there's no way the software could know.

My friends are all cheaters. I guarantee that they don't even know half of the words they're playing.
posted by dogwalker at 4:50 PM on February 10, 2010 [1 favorite]


I just signed up as spanner261, and might be up for playing slowly and not too well, at least at the beginning.
posted by expialidocious at 5:15 PM on February 10, 2010


for a slow game, call: haejin
posted by yeoja at 5:18 PM on February 10, 2010


Who signed up as "Metafilter"?
posted by slogger at 5:53 PM on February 10, 2010


Really? I can. Just scroll down on the main screen. There's a Game Over section.
I guess you just can't see the games that have crashed.

Also: Valette is the worst kind of cheater. The kind who is super awesome and wins without cheating at all. Grrrr.
posted by ColdChef at 6:54 PM on February 10, 2010 [1 favorite]


YES! I have really been enjoying losing games to random strangers (and my husband) through this app, now I can lose to Metafilter people! I'm signed up as Onlyconnect. This game is using some weird dictionary that thinks "qi" is a word, though!
posted by onlyconnect at 8:11 PM on February 10, 2010


Onlyconnect totally let me win. She had "q" as her last tile and had set it up to have "qi" in two directions, and the closout point accounting would have put her over the top. Bah.

I'm NortonDC in there, but I would probably be a frustratingly slow opponent.
posted by NortonDC at 8:23 PM on February 10, 2010


sogracefully, and I play all day because I have several hourly 10 minute breaks throughout my day and can't fit anything useful into that small slot of time!
posted by so_gracefully at 9:02 PM on February 10, 2010


Greekphilosophy: It's fine. You were thoroughly trouncing me.
posted by Rory Marinich at 9:29 PM on February 10, 2010


nudicle
posted by pelham at 9:36 PM on February 10, 2010


suedeheader
posted by suedehead at 9:48 PM on February 10, 2010


ColdChef: I had a crash that lost me two games, and when I upgraded to the new version of the app, I got both of those games back (and proceeded to get my butt kicked).

For those who hate the ads, there's a pay version that costs about $3, I think, and it was worth it to me to get rid of them.
posted by immlass at 10:24 PM on February 10, 2010


jeffamaphone, but I'm really slow to respond because I've got several games going and a job.
posted by jeffamaphone at 10:40 PM on February 10, 2010


jdherg, but I'm likely to slow down sporadically around midterms and the like.
posted by jdherg at 3:44 AM on February 11, 2010


Slow paced? I've been playing Words & Lexulous games that go for MONTHS.

Also, get out of my head! I noticed a bit of Words With Friends flurry on Twitter today & was meaning to post a MeTa on this very topic! I've also gone one step further & added a section to the MeFi wiki.
I haven't taken the liberty of adding anyone other than myself, so please go add yourself it you feel the urge to get your arse kicked by ooga booga.
posted by goshling at 7:32 AM on February 11, 2010


floam: seriously dude, honour among scrabble players.
posted by goshling at 7:36 AM on February 11, 2010


Rhapsodie: SO THAT'S IT. I THOUGHT YOU WERE TAKING OUR RELATIONSHIP SLOWLY BECAUSE YOU WANTED TO BE GENTLE WITH ME. NOW I DISCOVER IT'S BECAUSE YOU'RE SEEING FOUR OTHER "FRIENDS" BEHIND MY BACK.
*sobs*
flees, bangs door loudly on exit*
posted by goshling at 7:51 AM on February 11, 2010


AmandaAC1
posted by CwgrlUp at 8:06 AM on February 11, 2010


Okay, "Metafilter" is me. This software is very funny, it gave me really good letters in one game, but average in the other two, and it seems to take 3-4 hour naps in between telling me when people have played their letters.
posted by shii at 12:54 PM on February 11, 2010


I'm LogopolisMike on there, but am having a fight with AT&T currently, so my "phone" will only be on when I'm at home (over WiFi) So if you're looking for a slow game from a new player, hit me up.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 1:01 PM on February 11, 2010


AAaaaaannd now the app has crashed, taking with it the ten games I was playing. Sorry. It's been fun, but I'm about to nuke this thing from orbit. It's the only way to be sure. At least I got to play PENIS, TITS, DICK, and a few other naughty, naughty words.
posted by ColdChef at 2:35 PM on February 11, 2010


ColdChef: "AAaaaaannd now the app has crashed, taking with it the ten games I was playing."

That's weird, I was about to post that my first game with you had just came back from death.
posted by Memo at 2:39 PM on February 11, 2010


I'm in. Thought I would give it a try even though it seems like a few of you are having trouble. rglasmann there too.
posted by rglasmann at 3:00 PM on February 11, 2010


I am on there as well with the amazingly unique name of Julnyes!
posted by Julnyes at 7:13 AM on February 12, 2010


Sending...
&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp*
posted by NortonDC at 8:09 PM on February 12, 2010


bah
posted by NortonDC at 8:09 PM on February 12, 2010


Despite the fact that I have a laser-like focus on being utterly crap at Scrabble I got this installed and registered with the name majick_

Sorry about the punctuation, but like usual, if I don't get to a new namespace very early in its availability my dirt-common username is long gone. I should be fairly responsive most of the time, as I'm usually near my phone.


....aaaaaand it just stopped matching me with random players and tells me to "check back later." So feel free to start games with me to replace my sudden loss of player supply!
posted by majick at 7:00 AM on February 13, 2010


...and now it has started crashing every time I open it. This is weird, since it worked really well yesterday!
posted by majick at 7:49 AM on February 13, 2010


Yeah it seems hit or miss with me crashing wise too. I had some times when one game would crash continually but then I get into others same problem. You get what you pay for I guess. The fact that it works at all over EDGE is pretty impressive to me. (Yes, I'm the lame guy checking my games in a bar.)

Still though, I'm enjoying it more than I thought. I hate playing Scrabble because I feel like I should be better at it than I am and am very competitive. I've been lucky enough to play against people who don't know all the tricky short words of high point value that a lot of Scrabble freaks tend to use.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 10:49 AM on February 13, 2010


Mine crashed all morning, then I deleted it and reinstalled it and it has been working. Worth a try.
posted by dirtdirt at 11:49 AM on February 13, 2010


FYI, they just linked this on their Facebook with a note that users who are stuck on one screen may need to reinstall after a server update they did. Hope this helps some of the folks who are having problems.
posted by immlass at 2:40 PM on February 13, 2010


grumblebee
posted by grumblebee at 7:53 PM on February 14, 2010


Weirdness - Words with Friends allows duplicate usernames. There's another Haejin registered and my boyfriend unknowingly started a game with her. Even I was able to connect to her....we're currently playing a game.
posted by yeoja at 5:40 PM on February 19, 2010


Changed my username.

I'm Haejin1389 now if anyone wants to play. :)
posted by yeoja at 5:44 PM on February 19, 2010


i'm on as vieuxcarre!
posted by liketitanic at 9:15 AM on February 26, 2010


Huh, it doesn't handle the central star as a double, and it has a smaller bonus for using all 7 tiles in your hand.

I do appreciate that it's been more stable over the recent days.
posted by NortonDC at 11:05 AM on February 28, 2010


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