Product Type: Mattel board games
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A really good ice-breaker
Member Name: huggy2009
Advantages: Great fun, easy to carry
Disadvantages: None at all, although at a push 18 quid is a tad pricey
Available for just under 18 quid on Amazon this has been a godsend to me on trips out of the country when my laptop or notebook have been unavailable, small enough to easily fit into a reasonable sized handbag or a rucksack it is also a good way to make friends with other travellers as i´ve found in Cairo, Auckland and Bangladesh in the past.
The theme of the game is universal, you have a number of tiles and even in the travel version you still get your little tile holder, from these letters you must make words on the scrabble board, you gain points for the value of each letter in the word and values on certain squares on the board itself.
The board is collapsible so is easy to open up or put away on train tables or in bars, the tiles come in a little bag similar to the one the FA cup balls used to come out of, it is a lovely little green thing which is handy and easy to carry.
The board and the game have helped me cover a lot of ground and been a real ice breaker in the past, they have also made me friends on commutes to London when the time can pass incredibly slowly and anyone is looking for distraction.
The game is for up to 4 players, the board is identical to the full game but in a handy collapsible form whilst it all tidies up really well to take up very little space when your travelling, i´d recommend three people as minimum for a real good game and its optional whether you carry a travel dictionary to root out cheating but overall this is easily worth the money as its more personal and offers the chance to meet others which a handheld or laptop never does.
This is available in most good toystores and I have even seen it in WH Smiths at Gatwick and Heathrow. Its great fun, gets the brain working and can create some really good debates over whether letters actually do form real words or not, but its something that I feel has paid for itself in making friends and getting people to buy me drinks wherever i´ve got it out.
Summary: A fantastic ice-breaker
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