Best word game geekfest (2008)

Boggle Meetup

Thirty people huddle over cubes filled with 16 or 25 letters, trying to form words within the allotted three minutes. Pens scribble; people sigh, twist their heads, and try their hardest to discern the patterns that will score them the most points. If you're a word nerd like me, you'll probably enjoy Boggle Meetup. The vibe is friendly and welcoming, with an emphasis on playfulness rather than cutthroat competition. Nobody's busting out dictionaries to prove the authenticity of some vocabulary obscurity; you're mostly on the honor system. If you're a newbie, don't worry—there are players of all skill levels. For those who want a challenge, though, there's plenty of it, with eagle-eyed wordsmiths who've honed their skills over many years madly scribbling away for the full time allowed. People break out into groups of four or five, and you're free to mingle; some groups chat between rounds, while others simply pick up the cube and start shaking to maximize their playtime. There are rotating monthly themes, which offer an exception to the rule of no proper names (during the State of the Union theme, words like Rove were allowed), and refreshments, often in the form of cupcakes, are served. The group usually meets at the Rickshaw Dumpling Bar.


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