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Scrabble ups its game with RFID technology board

£20,000 gameset set up for gamers
Fri Nov 16 2012, 13:13

THE WORLD'S MOST EXPENSIVE Scrabble boardgame set has gone on display to mark the start of a game competition.

Created by Mind Sports the turbo-boosted by technology game will appear at the Prague Mind Sports Festival, which runs from 1-4 December.

It takes the Scrabble we know and adds RFID technology that can read the board and transmit what's happening on it to viewers online. We're thinking webcam as we write this, but what the heck, Christmas is coming and we do like Scrabble.

"Our goal was to help bring popular Scrabble tournaments to life, whilst reaching a wider audience by capturing tournament play in a technologically advanced and engaging manner," said Dave Brannan, CEO of Mind Sports and Living It Loving It.

"This allows us to broadcast Scrabble in all its glory, interacting with viewers that share a passion for this iconic game and mind sports as a whole across the world."

The board, pictured above, is priced at £20,000, but it does include the raised tile spaces that you get on premium versions, meaning that if someone jogs the table it's on the pieces stay in place.

Less technologically advanced, but also offering cups for its tiles is Words with Friends, a boardgame based on a mobile phone game that's based on the boardgame that we already know as Scrabble.

Words with Friends is out just in time for Christmas and pretends that Scrabble never happened. "The hot social word game just got more social! For the first time ever, you can play WORDS WITH FRIENDS in person with your favorite wordies," says Hasbro, the company that makes it, on its website.

"Use the tiles to build words on the gameboard and rack up the points while you challenge your friends in person." µ


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