Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Word, Son

Scrabble Typography 2nd Edition is almost too posh to play


Allow us, if you will, a geeky analogy: Words With Friends is like the well vodka of gaming.

It gets the job done, but it ain't pretty.

Allow us to introduce the 18-year-old single malt version of Scrabble.

Some background: Designer Andrew Capener cooked up a Scrabble Typography Edition concept a few years back that was so impressive that Hasbro helped put it into production with exclusive high-end licensee Winning Solutions.

That, naturally, sold out right-quick. So now they just released the brand-new 2nd edition that's even sexier-looking than the original, with 15 new fonts on each of the maple tiles and a minimally outlined walnut board.

It also comes with a stitched rule book and a scorekeeping journal — put away your new plastic iPhone for the duration of this game, man — along with a built-in lazy susan, so you can swivel the board over when your turn comes.

Just remember: "Zax" is totally a word, no matter what that other guy says.

Scrabble Typography 2nd Edition

Price: $200 here

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