Beatles Edition Scrabble Game
Scrabble Is My Mental Relaxer
Maybe Scrabble is not intoxicating for you, but does your family get out the Scrabble board once in a while?
I do not know what is going on when playing Scrabble, but the mental activity is relaxing. Accessing the brain channels that shuffle the letters into recognizable words is definitely causing brain chemistry to activate. Is it dopaminergic or a serotonin release, or some chemical I do not know?
One thing I like is this subtle action going on and I do not even have to run for a mile or exert any amount of energy or physical exercise to feel it. Getting the dictionary out and verifying the word is the final rush.
My Beatles version of Scrabble accesses old memories hidden deep in the hippocampus. More mental challenge.
The Latest Scrabble Gift
2012 at Christmas I received the Beatles version from my daughter. She is crazy about their music and always gets a lift when she listens to the Sunday morning Beatles radio show. I helped her learn the distinguishing voices of each band member.
Reviewing the Internet about this game has revealed that this edition is now offered at collector's prices. Amazon is about $35.00.
I saw a few for $30 on Ebay, but look out for the shipping costs.
Take This Beatles Scrabble Poll
Have you played on your Beatles board?
I Am the Only Family Member Who Suggests Playing
The other members in the family will too often say no to my suggestion to play a game of Scrabble. This reaction is very disappointing because it is those family members that have given me Scrabble games for many Christmases in the past.
I have a rather big wooden board that we have not used which would be nice as a display in a game room.
I have a mini travel board I very much want to locate, but it is hidden in some corner of the house.
There is the plastic board we use the most because it has a lazy Susan-like mounting allowing each player to turn the game to face them. Another plus is the tiles stay put with raised squares.
Of course, I still have my seventies flat board with the taped brown box. Last, I have the flannel Scrabble Pj bottoms for winter nights.
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Playing the Game
This Scrabble special edition is very attractive and playing it one summer Sunday upped my enthusiasm for it. The black tiles are eye pleasing and a black shopping bag style with a Fab Four graphic and velcro closure is fun to pass around the table.
A picture of the board is above with all the separate pieces. The Help! cards were a contention between Scrabble purists and those you like to stir things up. The Tax Man card can take 10% of everyone's score and add it to your own score. Other Help! cards are titled You Can't Do That, Ticket to Ride, Get Back: well you can imagine what their instructions are.
Of course, use the board and black tiles for playing traditional Scrabble too.
Gift Time is Near
I hope this is all the information you need to surprise a Scrabble enthusiast in your family. A birthday or the holidays are coming and this would make a cool gift to wrap and present. Remember the official dictionary too.
© 2013 Sherry Venegas