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Multi-dimensional Scrabble

By Wil Forbis
June 1st, 2012

Everyone loves Scrabble. But after a while, the game gets a little boring. The problem, I believe, is one of dimensionality.

Reality can be described according to dimensions. A single line can be thought of as having one dimension, that of width (or height, depending on how you look at it.) A simple box has two dimensions: width AND height. A cube has three dimensions: width, height and depth.


The standard Scrabble board operates in a two-dimensional reality. Letters can form words going from top to bottom, or left or right.


But what if one creates a three-dimensional Scrabble board? Perhaps, a second board which intersects with the traditional board along the center line? Then players can play not just top to bottom and left to right, but also UP AND DOWN! Clearly this would open up a mind blowing series of options.

Here's another option: a series of boards operating along ALL OF THE ROWS of the traditional Scrabble board. The options increase even further.


Beyond the third dimension is the fourth dimension of time. Envision a Scrabble board in which players can play off not just existing words on the board but words that were on that section of the board in previous games, or could be in future games! Does that not totally blow your mind!

But wait! There's more! Physicists and philosophers have theorized the existence of multiple universes branching off from any point in time. Why not let players build words off the point where their Scrabble board intersects with Scrabble games being played in these theoretical alternate universes? Wouldn't that be a gas!?

Some people might raise the following objection: is it possible that by playing trans-dimensional Scrabble across multiple universes we would create a portal which would grant warlike alien species access to our world and lead to the subjugation and possible destruction of the human race?

Come on... that's just stupid.



Wil Forbis is a well known international playboy who lives a fast paced life attending chic parties, performing feats of derring-do and making love to the world's most beautiful women. Together with his partner, Scrotum-Boy, he is making the world safe for democracy. Email -

Visit Wil's web log, The Wil Forbis Blog, and receive complete enlightenment.