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Monday, April 16, 2012

Lexulous Life Lessons

Note: This is a new feature for me. Every Monday I will post a lesson about life I learned playing Lexulous

Some of you may not know what Lexulous is. Basically, it is Scrabble.  There are some small variations, but for the most part, if you have ever played Scrabble, then you are familiar with how Lexulous works.

I play A LOT of Lexulous.

This week, in the first installment, I will focus on a simple concept, one which is covered, in an artistic way, in the Pet Shop Boys song Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money).

Oh, there's a lot of opportunities
If you know when to take them, you know?
There's a lot of opportunities
If there aren't, you can make them
Make or break them

When you play Lexulous a lot, which I do,  you notice that the better players always seem to make good scores, and when they don't they are setting up a good score. Why is that?

I have concluded that they see the board differently than others do. They look for any and every opportunity out there, not just the obvious ones that anyone can see and play.  So, when the average player makes a word for 25 to 30 points, they think they have made a good play, while the better player will bypass that move and look for an even better one, and most likely make a 40 point score, and in some cases,  a 60 or 70 point one. Over the course of a game, that adds up to a 70 or 80 point win, even when the better player may not have had the better tiles.

The lesson: See the opportunities that are out there for you, all of them, not just the easy and obvious ones. Most in life who succeed on the high level do so because they made an effort to do so.


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