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Just wondering how I can tell if I'm playing on an even playing field.
You can't. I've already asked this, and they don't want to know.
Your best option is to keep an eye on these forums, and when you see people complaining that the "Cheats" are not working, or are unavailable, check out your opponents scores - those relying on cheating will suddenly be playing significantly below their "normal" high standard ;-)
Stop dumbing us down, remove this word radar and let us use our brains. thanks.
@BettyK Many others agree with you. If you'd like to, you can add your username to this list of players who vow not to use the gimmicks.
With players that I know use the cheats (I asked), mostly free swap, I have noticed a significant decline in quality racks. All vowel or no vowel are common, but usually not thru an entire game. And mostly give a variety of letters, but lately it's been iiiiiuu or eeeiiiu. Or vvzqdcc and no vowel for 8 turns or more.
@DanielB4434 The more swap+ your opponents use, the more you will use to get rid of those cruddy letters. The more you both use, the more you will both buy. So it becomes a game of who has more money to spend instead of who has the best strategy. LOL Sad but true!!
I agree, let us play without the cheats. If I know someone is cheating I won't play against them.
@WordKing Many others agree with you. Unfortunately there's no way to tell for sure. If you haven't already, you can add your username to this list of players who vow not to use the gimmicks.
It is included as an integral part of the game and is not cheating. It is an approved rule. I like it. Go back to scrabble if you want, but WWF is different and I like the difference.
@wdavidalbrecht Please understand that many of the people who complain about this issue have been playing WWF since before the gimmicks were introduced. They paid for the game then and cannot get their money back even though these gimmicks were added against their wishes. It completely changed the game they paid for. A simple solution would be to allow people to see how many times an opponent uses them.
Scrabble has codified an advantage for intellectual elites, not letting less educated people use aids. Scrabble, and WWF, will never have an even playing field. I have 15 years of college education, have taught in college classroom for 35 years, read 300 books per year. I have written a few million words. I employ strategies about which most have no idea. All these cheats help level the playing field against people like me. All these cheats help people learn new words. All these cheats help people have fun. Outlawing just lets me show off my superior education, knowledge and game strategy. And I’m for opening up the game to help people learn. Sonestimes lesser educated folks buy the falsehoods used by smart people to keep them disadvantaged.
We need 2 versions, the original version without cheats for those who want to play people who don't spend coins to get advantages. Everyone else who enjoys the new version can play it. Please Zynga make that possible and yes I would spend a few bucks to have this option.
Since these features are part of the game they are not cheating. Cheater are the players that use wording finding websites.