So I’ve resisted playing Words With Friends for a long time—despite many of you extolling its many virtues and fun factor. But I crumbled recently and started playing. Why did I crumble? Because Mr. Jenners started playing, and I realized it might be one of the few areas where I might be able to dominate over him. (And believe you when I tell you I spend most of my life trying to beat Mr. Jenners at something.) However, the following graphic says it all.
Despite my extensive reading and what I thought was a decent vocabulary, it turns out that I’m horrible at Words with Friends. Despite managing one victory over Mr. Jenners (by only two points), my vision of Words with Friends world domination has yet to materialize. I’m routinely being crushed by upwards of 100 points by all different people. Not that I’m bitter or anything.
I think my problem lies in my fixation on the first word I see when I look at my tiles. I’ll see a simple word like “eat” and completely miss out on the fact that I could have played “quarter.” My biggest achievement so far has been a score of 99 points for “JARS.” The fact that I absurdly proud of this and writing about it on my blog just tells you how desperate I am for recognition of this achievement. (Despite this, I’m still losing that game.)
The other thing that I’m finding hilarious is that Mr. Jenners (who has started playing strangers … I guess I’m not challenging enough despite us having 5 games going) has made a new teen “friend.” This teen keeps trying to chat with Mr. Jenners despite getting no encouragement whatsoever. A typical exchange:
Teen: Hi! What’s up?
Teen: How are you?
Teen: What are you doing?
Mr. Jenners: Nothing.
Teen: Do you watch TV?
Mr. Jenners: I don’t like to chat when I play.
Teen: How old are you?
The teen still attempts to start conversations (“My friend just told me she doesn’t like me” was a recent attempt) but keeps getting shot down by my grumpy husband. For some reason, this just cracks me up. Move on, Unknown Teen. You won’t get him to chat with you no matter how hard you try. But he will be happy to hand you an ass-whupping in Words with Friends.
So, if you’re into playing Words with Friends, look me up (My username is jenflig). Playing me is pretty much a guaranteed win for you. I’m thinking if I play enough, I’ll start to improve (or at least remember that “qi” and “qat” are real words and that I should attempt to use as many TL and TW spots as possible). Plus, it is something to do when I’m not otherwise occupied.