Pixel Envy

Written by Nick Heer.

Rethinking the Value of Scrabble Tiles

As an — as Joshua Lewis refers to it — “enthusiastic amateur player” of Scrabble, I am no stranger to playing quite frustrating words with Qs, Xs, and Zs. Lewis makes a good point that at least two of these letters are overvalued, and I applaud his new values. However, the existing points for each (10, 8, and 10, respectively) have a special place for me, if only sentimentally. Incidentally, they also tend to psych players out, who often groan when they pluck them out of the bag.