How does Scrabble work? What are the rules and guidelines?
First, you draw tiles from the bag to select a starting player. You’ll need two to four players—a pen and paper. Without peeking at the tiles in the bag, players will take one tile; the player with the letter closest to “A” will begin the game. Put all the tiles back in the bag and shake it up.
Starting with the first player, each player takes seven tiles from the pack in clockwise order. The first person who puts a word down on the board must place at least two tiles in the center space of the board (and subsequent plays build off that word or words).
One hundred tiles are included in the game, and 98 of them contain letters and point values. Two blank tiles can be used as wild tiles to take the place of any letter. When a blank is played, it will remain in the game as the letter is substituted for but will have no point values. Keep score on each player with a pen and paper.
After making a play, the player declares the score for that play, and then, if the game is played with a clock, starts the opponent’s clock.
Players can change their play as long as the clock is running. The player then pulls tiles from the bag to refill their rack to 7 tiles. If there aren’t enough tiles in the bag, the player takes all the remaining tiles.
Based on North American tournament rules, the game ends when either one player has played every tile on their rack, no tiles remain in the bag, or at least six successive scoreless turns have happened, and either player decides to end the game. In the end, each player’s score is reduced by the sum of their unused letters.