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The Internet Scrabble Club: The Best Online Scrabble Site

Updated on June 17, 2011
The Internet Scrabble Club
The Internet Scrabble Club
Alfred Mosher Butts
Alfred Mosher Butts

The Internet Scrabble Club really is the best online Scrabble site. The popular Scrabble crossword game has been a favorite board game for over 50 years. This online version makes a good thing even better.

The board game was created by New York architect, Alfred Mosher Butts, in 1938. He started working on the game when he was out of work during the Great Depression. The game was originally called “Criss Cross Words” and emerged as a variation of another game he invented called Lexiko.

Butts used architectural tools and blue prints to design the game board and tiles. The original game boards were blue prints glued on to folding cardboard checkerboards. The tiles were made of plywood and cut to fit the squares on the game board.

Butts used frequency analysis to assign point values to the lettered game tiles and to design the scoring system. Frequency analysis, or cryptoanalysis, is a study of the frequency of letters that occur in written language. Cryptoanalysis has been used to decipher cryptographic messages since the 9th Century.

Butts studied the front page of The New York Times and kept detailed charts showing how many times each letter appeared. Vowels, especially the letter E were used much more frequently than consonants. Some consonants were rarely used. In a Scrabble game, there are 12 letter E tiles that are assigned a point value of 1. There is only one Z, and it is worth 10 points.

Butts manufactured a few game sets, but was not successful at marketing the game. He sold rights to the game in 1948. According to Scrabble legend, Jack Straus, owner of Macy’s Department Stores, played a game of Scrabble while on vacation in 1952. When he returned home he found that his store didn’t carry the game. He placed a large order and within a year everyone owned the game of Scrabble.

The scoring system in Scrabble, with double word scores and triple letter scores along with the point values of each letter, is fascinating, but complicated. And that is one of the reasons why The Internet Scrabble Club is the best online Scrabble site. The scoring is done by computer! Of course, there are other computer Scrabble games that keep score. Another great feature of The Internet Scrabble Club is the social component. You are able to play with other online players. You can chat while you play or turn the chat off. You can add players to your buddy list and invite your buddies to play when they are online.

Some other features of the site that make it so appealing are its player rating system, player statistics, game preference settings and word lists. After a preliminary period, players receive ratings based on their scores in the games they’ve played. Once rated, a player’s rating increases or decreases when they win or lose games. Statistics are kept for each player that includes the number of wins/ losses and game scores. Game preferences can be set that include time limits for games (between 3 and 60 minutes), the way word challenges are handled, and opponent rating scores - so a player can be matched with opponents within a range of rating scores if desired. The help section contains some handy word lists for 2, 3, 4 or 5 letter words in alphabetical order.

To get started on The Internet Scrabble Club go to www.isc.ro and follow the prompts given. You will be prompted to provide a username and to download wordbiz, which is the free software needed to play. Once downloaded, a wordbiz icon will appear on your desktop and start menu. When you click the icon, a sign on screen appears that will connect you to the ISC server. Once you are signed on and connected to the site you can “seek” a game by pressing the “seek” key with your preferences. You can wait for a player to request a game with you or go to the seek graph and find a player with similar preferences. You can add players to a buddy list and request games with buddies.

Once you get oriented and quickly sharpen your Scrabble skills with practice, you’ll want to equip yourself with an Official Scrabble Players Dictionary and the latest edition of Everything Scrabble where you’ll learn competitive strategies for improving your game and increasing your score. You’ll also learn about worldwide Scrabble clubs and tournaments for organized competitive play, and a little about Children’s Scrabble and the National School Scrabble Program.

Once downloaded, a wordbiz icon will appear on your desktop and start menu.  When you click the icon, a sign on screen appears that will connect you to the ISC server.
Once downloaded, a wordbiz icon will appear on your desktop and start menu. When you click the icon, a sign on screen appears that will connect you to the ISC server.
  • Scrabble Junior: age five and up.
  • Scrabble Crossword Game: age eight and up.

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    • cydro profile image

      Blake Atkinson 5 years ago from Kentucky

      Interesting article. I've played scrabble all my life but no one seems to want to play with me anymore now that we've all grown up haha.

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      Azure11 5 years ago from UK

      I used to play on the internet scrabble club quite a bit but play more on lexulous on facebook right now. However, that is not proper scrabble as you get 8 letters and the board is slightly different so I must get back to the ISC. I play games that last about 10-15 minutes so I like the way you can determine how long you are going to be playing for :)

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      Kim Harris 5 years ago

      @cydro - we're never too old to play:) it is hard to find someone at home who wants to play a game of scrabble at the same time you do! Thanks for your comment cydro.

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      Kim Harris 5 years ago

      I might have played 15min games when I was really playing competitively on isc. now i play slower and my rating is much lower, and i've forgotten some of the good Q words and need a cheat list for 2 letter words. It's a little more leisurely and a lot less exhilarating:) Anyway! Thanks for reading and commenting Azure. maybe i'll see you on ISC.

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      I don't play competitively...and it has been awhile since I've played, but your article is very interesting.

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      Don A. Hoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I've never played scrabble much because of lack of players.I may try this and am bookmarking your hub.Up and useful.

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      Kim Harris 5 years ago

      Thanks Denise. I was actually thinking about tournament play at one point. I think scrabble history is interesting:)

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      Kim Harris 5 years ago

      awesome dahoglund. feel free to come back and post your experience with downloading and playing if you like. Thanks for stopping in:)

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      Nancy Hinchliff 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      This looks good. I love Scrabble. But I'm addicted to online "Literati", which is a combination of crossword and scrabble. Thanks, kim

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Great hub. I play scrabble almost on a daily basis,(Love the game)on Facebook. I used to play the "Literati" a few years ago. My family hates to play with me because I usually win :).

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Great hub with lots of interesting background facts about a game I've enjoyed playing all my life. Didn't realize it could be played online. I usually play with hubby, but it's good to know there's an online option. Will bookmark for future reference.

      Thanks for sharing this useful and entertaining information.

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      ocbill 5 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      me too. Online scrabble and Literati sound enticing. Great share,

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      Scrabble is one of my all-time favorite games! I enjoyed reading about the history of the game. Smart man Alfred Mosher Butts was. Voted up and awesome!

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      Winsome 5 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Thank you for introducing the online version to us. I don't quite know if I'm equipped or quick enough to quip and query with the queen of quotes and quill. Squibs are more my quasi, quirky and quiet strength. You have, however, piqued my mental quora and I will quash my qualms and queue up at the quay, adapting my quoit skills and throw around a quintessential qoph or two. =:)

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      billyaustindillon 5 years ago

      I need to give this link to my Dad Kim he loves scrabble - plays with a club every week and plays it online with an Apple network

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Great hub! I never knew the history of scrabble. What a fascinating calculation that created such a great game. Thanks for sharing the history and info on the online version.

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      Kim Harris 5 years ago

      OMG:) I can't believe all the responses. Thanks everyone. Who would have guessed a bunch of writers would like word games so much!

      @alekhouse - I'm going to have to check out Literati - never heard of it; haven't really checked out the facebook one either, but it looks like a lot of people like that one too.

      @ Just Ask Susan - I think you'll find someone on ISC who can beat you:)

      @ Happyboomernurse - it's good you play with hubby though too. If you like ISC too much you might not want to play with hubby, and that might not be so good. LOL. btw I saw the interview you did and enjoyed reading it - just haven't had a chance to comment - and I saw your hub on the teaching kids about finance game but haven't been back to read. I think you're a way better fan than I am. I really appreciate your support.

      @ ocbill - I think you'll enjoy; let me know if you check it out.

      @ ThePracticalMommy - smart for sure; not sure he got much money from it; a little fame though and a legacy for his family to talk about for generations:)

      @ Winsome - you're so fun:) the trick is to know the 2 and 3 letter Q words and the ones without U. I'm not sure quoit skills is something we can share about on this site, but I'll look it up to be sure. Keep being you.

      @ billyaustindillon - really? sounds like dad has got it going on; he's got a hobby, social interaction with his club, he's exercising his brain and has computer skills! Let me know if he likes ISC. What's an Apple network? Apple computer?

      @ cardelean - I know, isn't the history interesting? there's a little more I didn't go into and the history of ISC is interesting too.

      Thanks everyone:)

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      SUSANJK 5 years ago from Florida

      My mom is a great scrabble player. she just loves it. I will have to get her started.

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      Kim Harris 5 years ago

      Sounds great, Susan. I hope she enjoys it. Thanks for commenting:)

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      KateWest 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Have you tried Scramble on Facebook yet?

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      Kim Harris 5 years ago

      I don't think so, KateWest. It might have required changing my privacy settings. I intend to check it out now, as well as literati. Are you recommending it?

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      Jokylu 5 years ago from Waratah North, Victoria.

      Thanks Kimh for your Hub. I have to agree ISC is the best online scrabble game, but unfortunately I find it very addictive and I lose a lot of time with it.

      Have fun scrabbling

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      Kim Harris 5 years ago

      True. There is that. Time is over rated:) LOL. I know what you mean. It can be addictive. Thanks for reading and commenting though. Maybe I'll see you at ISC.

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      Mimi721wis 5 years ago

      Thanks for the info. I may try this on a novice level.

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      Kim Harris 5 years ago

      I hope you enjoy Mimi721wis....but not too much. Like Jokylu says, it can be addictive!

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      joaniebaby 4 years ago

      I love Scrabble but have no one to play with now unless my son comes home and plays with me. Have been looking for an internet site to play and was not able to find a good one. Hopefully this is what I am looking for. Thanks so much for this information. Will definitely check it out.

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      Kim Harris 4 years ago

      That's great joaniebaby:) Let me know how it works. I hope you enjoy it.

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