2-player Cooperative Variation

In this variation two players cooperate to make their combined score as high as possible. Words are kept in fromt of the player who made them, but only the team score is kept. Rules are the same as the basic game unless these rules are specifically different.

Set-up

Deal 12 cards to each player, plus a stockpile of 6 cards face down. Put the rest of the deck face down in the center, and turn one card face-up next to it. This card will start one of two discard piles.

Turn Sequence

  1. Draw one card from your face-down stock or from either discard pile. If you take a discard, you must make or extend a word this turn; not necessarily with the card you picked up. (You can't use the discards just to exchange cards with your partner.)
  2. Extend one word (optional). If you extend your partner's word, add the letter values of the entire word to your team score, If you extend your own word, add only the value of the added letter(s). In either case, take one card from the pile in the center (not from your own stock) or either discard pile for each card you added.
  3. Make one word (optional). Add the letter values to the team score, plus 5 points for each card over three. Take one card from the pile in the center (not from your own stock) or either discard pile for each card you added.
  4. Discard one card onto either discard pile.
Game is over after the turn when both players have drawn all cards from their stockpiles. If your hand is empty you can still draw from your stockpile and try to extend words. If discards have been picked up, it is possible for one player to have more than one card in the stock after the other has finished. That player can take more than one turn in a row, if necessary.

Goal

Make your combined score as high as possible. You may also chooose to aim for a goal. Start with 100 points as a winning score. Increase the goal by 10 when you win, and decrease it by 10 when you lose. This way you will win about half of the time, with the average goal gradually getting higher as you learn how to score higher.