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12 May 2007 @ 10:16 pm
Scrabbleship Part 2  
After the wedding reception, I picked up a simple Scrabble set. Then I marked out the board 1-15 across the top and A-O across the left side. Then I turned it upside-down and marked it 15-1 and O-A.

Then I made a nice open document grid for Scrabbleship play:

http://anysize.org/~ashi/scrabbleship/

Also included is a PDF version. Print it out, then cut it in half, and each player marks off ships in the lower half of the sheet: One 5-square ship, one 4-square, two 3-squares, and a 2-square ship. I think you can place them diagonally if you like. Remember to get the half of the sheet that corresponds to which way you face the board. Notice the H row isn't even marked out--it's the row the first word goes in, and neither player will have ships in that row. I drew a line through it on my Scrabble board.

Keep your sheet hidden. Try to only play words in the enemy's side of the board. You don't want to hit your own ships or give away spaces where your ships aren't... you want to hit your enemy's ships!

Long words are nice for stretching out into enemy territory, and it's interesting the way the board grows versus in a traditional Scrabble game.

If a word played hits one or more squares of a ship, those squares should be announced, and can be marked off on the upper part of your score sheet. Niki and I played it before so any hit to a ship sinks it, because otherwise, it's pretty easy for a ship to be unsinkable because it's impossible to put words into all of the squares it occupies.
 
 
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the Chick: pic#61630187thechick on May 13th, 2007 03:20 pm (UTC)
Wow yay! You are all ahead of me in making a scrabbleship set.
ashi: toddletashi on May 13th, 2007 03:56 pm (UTC)
Btw, 12.99 at Toys R Us.
the Chickthechick on May 13th, 2007 06:05 pm (UTC)
Is that the regular board or the travel edition?
Debbiecheesybunny on May 13th, 2007 06:36 pm (UTC)
The travel one would be hard to write on the sides because it is so small, there may not even be room at all. I think...
the Chickthechick on May 13th, 2007 07:35 pm (UTC)
that is true. with the small papers to mark the ships it would be fine to play on though.
ashi: mayuashi on May 13th, 2007 11:10 pm (UTC)
True. It was the regular board, the cheapest they had.
Kat: AoiChiekat_chan on May 13th, 2007 07:28 pm (UTC)
On a traditional Battleship board you can't place ships diagonally. I don't know if that's a rule, but it is a fact of the design. The plastic pegs are set one, two, or three squares apart so that they'll fit into the holes on the board. But if you turn a ship diagonally, the space between pegholes diagonally is 2^1/2 squares, rather than 1 square.

That said, there's no reason why you couldn't place them diagonally if you're not constrained by the limits of the board, right?

Maybe, in order to make the game not go quite so quickly, you could modify the "any hit sinks" rule to "50% or more of the ship hit is a sink". Though that could be problematic with the cruisers...
Nikithespatula on May 14th, 2007 02:08 pm (UTC)
I don't think it'll be an issue, the game we played lasted about an hour and the board was pretty full :)