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Why don't people resign when they are down 200 pts with 10 letters left?

thomasotremendothomasotremendo Posts: 24Registered User, Facebook Connect User Delightful Duckling

Just wondering. Seems like a waste of time. OCD?

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  • linkshighlightslinkshighlights Posts: 394Registered User, Facebook Connect User Social Snowflake

    @thomasotremendo Speaking for myself, I don't resign for a couple reasons. For one thing, the score at the time a game is resigned will affect your average game score. I wouldn't want to do that to my opponent. Also if they were about to set a new high score, I wouldn't want to take that away from them either. Lastly, having scored over 200pts on a single turn a few times, you never know. LOL

  • thomasotremendothomasotremendo Posts: 24Registered User, Facebook Connect User Delightful Duckling

    For everyone like you there is someone who resigns. This makes average game score a poor predictor of ability. The best statistic for that is average points per word. Percent of games won is also a better predictor. If you care about your stats then avg. game score should not be a goal, as you really have the least control over it. Most people don't have a lot of faith in making a 200-pt. word and are not interested in continuing to play such a boring game.

  • linkshighlightslinkshighlights Posts: 394Registered User, Facebook Connect User Social Snowflake
    edited November 13

    @thomasotremendo When looking at average points per word, remember that you could be facing someone who plays a strong defensive game (for example, choosing to score fewer points on a turn to avoid setting up a bigger score from your opponent). So percentage of wins might be the best stat. Then again, maybe they only play weaker players. LOL I guess that's the beauty of this game. There is something for everyone.

  • CbadlandCbadland Not a Title, but a Star Posts: 81Registered User Dramachine
    Some players have integrity.
  • PaulStevensPaulStevens Posts: 43Registered User, Facebook Connect User Grasshopper

    @thomasotremendo said:
    Just wondering. Seems like a waste of time. OCD?

    Because it's about playing the game, not winning at any cost, or giving up - a glorious defeat can be almost as much fun as a win, and watching and learning from better players will help you improve your game in future.

    Play me, and it goes to the final letter, win or lose ;-)

  • thomasotremendothomasotremendo Posts: 24Registered User, Facebook Connect User Delightful Duckling

    @linkshighlights said:
    @thomasotremendo When looking at average points per word, remember that you could be facing someone who plays a strong defensive game (for example, choosing to score fewer points on a turn to avoid setting up a bigger score from your opponent). So percentage of wins might be the best stat. Then again, maybe they only play weaker players. LOL I guess that's the beauty of this game. There is something for everyone.

    Yeah everybody who knows how to play knows when to play a word with fewer points when another higher-value word would leave a TW, e.g., opening for the opponent. More freqeuntly I will play a lower value word but one that uses more letters just to get the game over with more quickly!

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