Friday, September 21, 2007

Sowpods in 2021

Disclaimer: The story below is purely a work of fiction and is not to be taken seriously at all.

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It is June, 2021. Since 2017, the world has been united under a single dictionary( yes, it did take the Yanks that long to switch) From the last dictionary vote, pro-sowpods players outnumbered pro-TWL players by 50.5% to 49.5%. The committee pounced on this and initiated the switch. But lo and behold, the pro-TWL players revolted, immediately deciding to boycott all tournaments for a year, citing the presence of strange words which had absolutely zero relation to North American scrabble, like KAMOKAMO and MINIMOTO. But it was not to last as the players soon trickled back within months.

Even China and Hong Kong had recently joined the new world scrabble scene recently. Their top player, Mao Gong Fu, was even seen playing a rapid game of scrabble at a Starbucks outlet.

The technology of the era had been advancing rapidly too. Boards were now well-fitted with microchips and motion sensors. Every tile was ingrained with microchips storing the value of the tile. When placed on the board, the board would read the value of the tiles and score it accordingly, but the scores would not be revealed till the end. If a player announced his score wrongly, a computerized voice would immediately voice and correct the error. However, it was still mandatory for players to announce their scores. If a player took too long to draw his tiles, a voice would quickly remind the player to hurry up.

Timers soon became obsolete as they became integrated with the board. Gone were the days of carrying around bulky timers- a small digital timer at the edge of the board was more than sufficient to keep track of time. The boards were made of lightweight plastic and weighed only 500 grams each.

In 2018, A new world scrabble body was formed, headed by Albert Hahn, who was unanimously voted by players from 10 other countries. At long last the WSC could return to America again.

But, it was not to be.

To be continued....

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