Kimberly G. Thomas, Author at Apps for Laptop & PC Free Download

Kimberly G. Thomas, Author at Apps for Laptop & PC Free Download

Kimberly G. Thomas, Author at Apps for Laptop & PC Free Download

Kimberly G. Thomas, Author at Apps for Laptop & PC Free Download

Scrabble has now become “Scrabble GO” . . . which will lead America to its doom.

These are trying times. A microscopic virus has transfixed the nation in fear. Our parents and grandparents are at risk, even as the government shares mixed messages about what is safe. Institutions of all kinds must step up and preserve the American way of life against the viral threat.

One institution has failed us. Scrabble.

In 2009, Hasbro the owner of Scrabble, licensed it for mobile play to Electronic Arts. EA’s app is a staid, simple, easily played, and diverting version of the classic board game. It looks like this:

(Why yes, that is me scoring 149 points in one turn for “REVALUES.” A fairly typical play for me, actually.)

Who plays this silly game? Word nerds and old people. I don’t do Candy Crush. I don’t do Fortnite. I don’t even do Words With Friends. I do Scrabble. My opponent is the app itself in Expert mode. The Scrabble app is quite an opponent; it never makes a mistake or misses an opportunity, and its vocabulary includes words you’ve never heard of. (“Squeg?” “Dogvane?” Every day brings an opportunity to learn a new word.) Even so, I often beat it, because of superior strategy, or because by random chance I get the Z, Q, X, and J.

In the time of Coronavirus, Scrabble is a crucial resource. I need a challenging intellectual diversion that has no political agenda, one that will wait patiently as I puzzle things out. I Scrabble before going to bed, and before dinnertime as I relax from the day’s work.

The Scrabble app also essential for my mother, who needs something to occupy her mind during my father’s cancer treatments and at other stressful times of day. (She’s awesome at it, by the way — she’ll clean your clock.) When you are 85 years old and the authorities are telling you to stay shut up in your house, Scrabble is more than a diversion. It is an essential coping tool.

My mother and I are not alone. Millions of people want something other than flashing lights, flickering Instagram, and angry news headlines to divert us. Scrabble is like the voice of Alex Trebek — calm, authoritative, and intelligent, reassuring us that the world remains sane and that we can take comfort in something trivial but engaging. We need this now.

But Scrabble is going away.

Stop Scrabble GO

Those of us who play the Scrabble app received this message a few weeks ago:

So I gave the new Scrabble GO app a try.

It is an obscenity, characterized by childish interactions, lurid colors, nagging reminders to invite your friends to play, and some sort of incentive system based on (gag) jewels you can earn.

Yup. They gamified a perfectly good word game.

After some diligent digging, I determined there was a “Practice” mode that does not require an opponent. It is well hidden. You play against “Zooey,” a white girl with brown hair and an unnaturally large head. Zooey is an airhead. She is no challenge at all; she’s a complete novice. And in practice mode, if you attempt to make a word that’s not actually a word, the board lights up in red to warn you off. This renders the game puerile.

I understand that it’s about money. But Scrabble GO is doomed to fail. It’s an ironic choice of name, since it’s not even worth playing on the toilet.

Those who like sparkly games have plenty of other choices that don’t require literacy and accurate spelling.

Our lives are about to be bad. Very bad. We will be shut up in our houses, especially the oldest and sickest of us. They just cancelled much of the baseball season, which was our other staid, boring, intellectual pastime. Some of us don’t want to grab the game controller and blast holes in people with a shotgun. We don’t want to stream the entire run of Seinfeld or Star Trek (or, like me, we already did). We certainly don’t want Zooey and her sparkly pink, purple, and chartreuse travesty of our beloved word game.

The old Scrabble app will be the only thing keeping us from cabin fever, tearing each others’ limbs off, and the inevitable swell of toxic, family-threatening sarcasm. (“Those sweatpants and slippers are so flattering. It’s too bad you can’t go out and show everybody how stylish you look. And smell.”)

Someday I hope to play QUIXOTRY across two triple word scores. But now that day may never come. Instead, we will need to choose between dying, our lungs filled with fluid, and living with purple sparkles and an opponent too stupid to play XU and XI crosswise on the same bonus square.

Death is inevitable. Hasbro, reverse your course. Save humanity. You have our fate in our your hands. Don’t kill the old app. Or else we’ll all go insane.

Update (8 May 2020): In a separate post, I’ve written an analysis of what will happen to Scrabble, my experiences with Scrabble GO, and a promising alternative.

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642 responses to “Scrabble has now become “Scrabble GO” . . . which will lead America to its doom.”

  1. That post made my day! Thank you, sir.

    1. Amen
      I’m literally reeling that I can’t play with my friends and family without a “prize” interfering every play !
      Unforgivable !

      1. Well said and all true. The new Scrabble Go is horrific!!

        1. I agree that Scrabble Go is not worth playing! I like the old game better!!

          1. Absolutely unequivocally YES! I could not have said it better!!! “They” need to bring Scrabble back.

          2. I simply loved the easy-to-play old Scrabble. I cannot play my regular players I got to know after so many years. Absolutely livid! I want the old game back. You won’t find me playing Scrabble anymore! I’m also very disappointed.

          3. me too

          4. Bring Classic Scrabble BACK!!! There is no improvement on the perfect word game where strategy can win every time. This cheap Scrabble GO is the worst!

          5. Is anyone listening to us . Can we get these messages to those who took scrabble away. This is the worst time in my life time , covid 19; isolation , stress and fear all at the same time and now scrabble is gone. They have seriously damaged any trust or relationship they might have had . What would happen to Scrabble Go if we all boycott it .

          6. Starting a new form of Scrabble for the VE (virus era). SMS text based Scrabble. Server. Deals tiles, transmits plays. Real board. Real rules Real dictionary (OWL, bring your own). You send your play, you send a pic or a description of the play, and the score. Folks can challenge the play or the score. The server keeps track of the score. Anyone can look at the tile bag any time — which shows number left and all tiles in other racks plus the ones in the bag. Like chess by mail, but you need a mediator for the non-pubic info, i.e. the tile bag.

            Welcome to Tile Bag Server. Just send a message like this to ‭833-207-4023‬

            start scrabble
            name_no_spaces phone_number
            name_no_spances_2 phone_number_2
            et cetera — no limit, but suggest keeping it to 4, 5 in a pinch; 2 for the serious

            challenges are on; plays adjudicated by other players
            timers are a work in progress; will implement full NASPA rules sometime…

            also going to work on a waiting list sorta find an opponent or opponents thing soon

            Cheers, ITDT,

          7. I sent Scopely a message that my husband and I always played 3 person games with friends of ours and could they please at least enable that with the new app and they expressed surprise as if they had no idea that the old app had that option. Are we the only ones playing a 3 person game? I Also used to hate WWF, but now I prefer it over the new Scrabble. All of the guys that quit games they started because I don’t want to chat them up – yeesh. Get a life!

          8. 👍

        2. I agree 100%. Keep the “old” scrabble game!!!

          1. I had a brain injury, and some years ago Scrabble was suggested , by my neurologist , to play while doing the therapy. It helped SO much, and I STILL use it ! I tried the Scrabble Go , and it IS NOT HELPFUL NOW. I beg ,for all my heart, PLEASE give back the previous Scrabble! Please.

          2. Agree. This scrabble go is awful. They’ve dressed it up like a clown. Who cares about rewards and prizes. Just let us play!

          3. Biggest disaster since the Titanic. The idiots that changed this game should All be jailed for life

          4. This innovation by a brain dead moron or a child of six, is terrible. Who wants stupid rewards of pretend jewels and other crap. The reward is getting a good score after a strategic play when you have only seven vowels to work with , and also the reward is being able to interact with friends , family and other like minded people. I am 76 and severely disappointed….scrabble used to fill a lot of quiet hours… bring back the old scrabble siite please.

          5. Katherine, I’m replying to your post as I feel the same way. I’m having a horrible time with this isolation and also deal with PTSD. Scrabble was my balm through this. It is getting worse each day. I’ve reached out to Scopely several times and they just don’t seem to care. They just keep saying to try Classic Scrabble Go. I have done that. NOT the same AT ALL. Today they closed “the ticket” on me without real communication. Maybe we should all keep contacting them through Scopely. It’s a thinking game. I don’t know if these new, young developers understand that. They grew up with bells, whistles, gems, killing games, etc. Their brains are probably all ADHD. Scrabble players think and strategize. I’m sorry for you and the rest of us. We’ve lost a great friend. That’s HOW GOOD Scrabble is! Digital Scrabble… was. 🙁

          6. Scrabble Go is also a place to meet/hook up with new people: scammers ( can I spell Catfish)?
            So disappointed with today’s attempt to play. I deleted the entire game.

          7. Give it Back! The old one is now slowing down and terminating after several minutes.

          8. I don’t want all singing and dancing scrabble, just leave it alone it was perfect. Another defector. Is nothing sacred

          9. Absolutely ~ I have not played in awhile & I am horrified
            I tried playing today. The ads & interruption was crazy. I am
            So addicted to Scrabble. When I last played I had 600-700 games and only lost like 50. I am visually impaired. I too have a Brain Injury & it is so very good for everyone’s Brain. I loved the old Scrabble. “WITHOUT THE BULLSHIT”. Well said😊😷🌸🐝 Yes Scrabble Go~ was crazy, I left two games
            Because of ads & could not get back to the game & left two
            People hanging!
            Thank You

        3. New game SUCKS.

          1. A very bad decision for its makers. I too, played scrabble in frequent ‘down’ times. I had downloaded the new app and subsequently DELETED IT! What a horrible decision to change Scrabble. So disappointed and frustrated.

            ***** Bring back the original please!

          2. … and it seems to be used as a pick up place for trolling men…. disgusting👎


        4. So bad , also I have been playing the same random players for 10 years and now , they are all goneski . It’s a sad day in a rabble land . This new one is crap

          1. Greed sucks, taking away scrabble for greed suck more . I tried the new game, really not worth my time so I deleted it. bring back scrabble. Please,,,,…

          2. The entire point of forcing Scrabble Go on us is that it is so bad people will complain and whine and offer to pay to have the original game again. It was designed to be as bad as possible.
            Scrabble will return if enough people complain and be ready to feed the greed. Its all about the money they can squeeze out of people. Yes I love scrabble, do I love to play enough to manipulated and scammed out of money. ? Hummmmm some will , some won’t.

          3. I also found the old scrabble a relaxing diversion from the this forced isolation.
            Please listen to usvand bring back the classic version.

          4. Ok, I agree with all the complaints about Scrabble-Go. But, who wants to play? I’m tired of playing bots or players who aren’t much of a challenge!!!

        5. So agreed. Whoever devised this board and game never played scrabble. I dont need gems or treasure chests, i just want to play scrabble with my friends and have a dictionary at the top of my screen. I want to have a rating, i am competitive.

          1. Exactly!

          2. I agree with everyone! I want the old scramble back! I can’t stand the flashing lights and the interference of LEVEL UP. I am old and I don’t like change!

          3. I agree with you all. The majority of people who play scrabble love it because it is a great word game simple as. We do not need prizes etc to keep us playing just the game nothing else. Just a plain board with plain tiles.

          4. WTF. Scrabble Go sucks. I’ve never lost a game. I’ve beaten every opponent.

          5. It’s still possible to play basic, classic scrabble. It’s well hidden In your settings but possible. I couldn’t bear all the points/rewards etc so am back to the basic game.

          6. Yup, new game stupid but it was better than nose picking!
            Now it’s gone too!
            I’m sad and really really miss the the old wonderful scrabble and I even miss the new ugly stupid one. Alas. I seems that there are many of us feeling this way. WTF?

      2. They have lost the plot, this new game is an abomination.
        Do they really think anyone over 12 will play this.

      3. I hate this new scrabble go , there is so much trash around it, it’s disgusting. I have played scrabble for a long time but never on a board like this

        1. I’ve been playing the original scrabble game for a long time. I’ve got epilepsy and this game really helps my brain calm down. I looked into the scrabble go. All I can say is,
          “ how stupid!”
          The bings and bangs go so fast I can’t even see straight. It’s just plain ridiculous. We must get the good scrabble back!!

          1. 100% agree fellow epilepsy sister. Not to do with epilepsy, just saw your message and I play this game with two people 1000 times a day lolololol. Have a great summer!

        2. What was wrong with the old game? Can’t play multi players, can’t dump and exchange letters, ads, flashy, trashy graphics, and rewards? Who cares? Thanks for nothing. Mg

          1. Amen!

      4. I agree! And if someone can please stop the damn ads for 5minutes! Most mobile game companies would offer you to pay to make them go away. BUT NIT THIS GAME!! There’s not even an app support option.

      5. This is outrageous. I’m very ☹️ disappointed. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it! It’s a classic! Nothing to improve! I want my scrabble back!

        1. So do I !!!

        2. Here is an opening for another company to jump in and make a fortune I’d pay $20 for the old game (clone) . I miss playing with my daughter and friends.

          1. I agree. I don’t usually pay for games, but I would love to get the old game back, and $20 would be fine with me.

          2. Same!

          3. I loved the “no ads” scrabble game. Worth the monthly 3:99. Please bring it back

        3. I am with all of you that made negative remarks. This version absolutely sucks. I’ve lost people that I’ve been playing with for years. And we were in the middle of a pretty good game. I miss my dear friends in England that I can’t play with now.

          1. Hate new format all money should sue as original contract is no longer what we payed for

        4. You are right on the money! The new game sucks!! Letters do no appear so you can play! When you try to place letters they do not “stick.” There is nothing to like about this new game!!!!!! Give us one that works!!! I would rank this MINUS ONE!!!!

      6. It’s awful. I was still able to play the old one until I just got a new phone. I loved that game. This new one is garbage! If anyone knows a back door way to download the old app I would love it. The so is still active for ppl who have it downloaded.

        1. Here’s my take. It’s like the return to classic coke or classic Diet Pepsi, etc. They take away our favorite board game, then they bring it back as Classic Scrabble, charged us $20 each to get back in the Scrabble we already paid $10 each for if we didn’t want to put up with ads. No game change but say they get 20 million to give 1 million people the chance to keep their beloved Scrabble. It’s all about marketing. I’ll pay the $20 if that’s what I have do. It’s money well spent albeit a typical marketing ploy. I would have just preferred they ask for the money to continue on regular Scrabble.

          1. I agree. Still I would gladly pay to get the old scrabble back. The Go version is horrible.

          2. I totally agree. I haven’t even tried Scrabble Go. I don’t want to! After reading the other reviews, I’m DEFINITELY not interested. I’m SO disappointed in the change. I would pay to keep the old one too!

          3. I am sick over losing this game I played with my sister and granddaughter. I don’t want any more flashing lights and dumb noises. Give me back the Scrabble I paid for!

          4. Wholeheartedly agree. Who needs GO! Bring back the old version. Plus lost all my stats, really bummed! Why, why, why?

      7. This game takes forever to play, shuts down frequently and seems to be used as a dating site for lonely men! Someone needs to compete with a classic game and call it vintage or something similar to avoid copyright.issues.

        1. Yes! The first game I played got pretty creepy.

        2. My profile picture from FB had my
          (obviously) teenage daughter in it. I have men messaging me and hitting on me thinking I am her! I have reported it to federal authorities. Waiting to hear back. The fact that the game allows chat is stupid!!! And you can’t mute all chats either which I hate. Sooo creepy!!!!

          1. Totally agree. Most of the male players are just trolls.

          2. I recently started playing this game. I cannot believe the men who request a game and after a few turns invite me into a private chat room. Is this some sort of hookup site? Why can’t I find people who just want to play a game? I don’t mind small talk, but when things get creepy, I’m done!

      8. I have three scrabblers I’ve played with for years….How can I retain these current players In the new scrabble platform? 😞

        1. We need the old “adult”scrabble game back

          1. Agreed!

      9. To my mind it is no longer a game Worth playing, I miss the original Scrabble and the friends I have been playing with for some time, not happy ….

      10. Please may I thank this blogger for highlighting the alternative to the appaling new scrabble go game . I was devastated that it was considered a viable alternative for any adult scrabble fan
        The word master is way better
        Thank you from London England

      11. I hate it too. I deleted it. Too much busy crap all over it. No thanks.

      12. There apparently is a way to select the ‘classic mode’. I’m going to try it out shortly. If you’d like info my user name is ‘Bf Mil’. Send a game request and your email address and I’ll send screen snapshots showing how to do it. It is not very intuitive to find, I found I by accident. I have this post set to notify me by email when replied to.

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, Kimberly G. Thomas, Author at Apps for Laptop & PC Free Download

Last week, I was talking to someone about books (if I had a nickel…). About Pride and Prejudice, specifically. This reader loved Pride and Prejudice. He’d been putting it off for years, much to the dismay of his wife, who’s in grad school for literature. But before he set out on a long road trip, he chose the Audible edition narrated by Rosamund Pike as his driving companion.

I love Pride and Prejudice, and I’ve read it at least half a dozen times. But I’ve never heard Rosamund Pike’s complete version. This reader’s raves about her fantastic narration—and especially, her perfect accents for Mrs. Bennet and Mr. Collins—had me firing up my computer to order that version for myself immediately. I have piles of Audible credits saved up; I was ready to use one.

But I didn’t have to.

I discovered that that audiobook—along with more than 40 other titles—is available to stream for Amazon Prime members through Audible’s new Audible Channels feature. For FREE.

Channels debuted in the fall, but when Audible announced it, I didn’t think I cared. And then this week I realized Channels has one feature I care very much about, and that is free streaming audiobooks —full-length audiobooks from best sellers, family favorites, celebrity-narrated classics, and more.

And these aren’t throwaway freebies—these are truly terrific titles.

(I’m going to try and restrain myself from dumping commentary on every single book here as I give you a quick tour of what you could be streaming for free.)

A few examples from the Editors’ Choice category:

• Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns (this has been on my list since a What Should I Read Next listener recommended it in Episode 62!)
• Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. Have I told you about the time I was riding on an NYC bus and the woman across the aisle missed her stop because she was so absorbed in this novel? Yeah.
• Watership Down by Richard Adams. I enjoyed this narration last year.
• The Good Girl by Mary Kubica. Kubica’s a pro; this is her best.
• H Is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald. Read it.

In the Celebrity Voices/Classic Stories category:

• Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, narrated by Rosamund Pike
• Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, narrated by Scarlett Johansson
• Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, narrated by Elijah Wood
• Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, narrated by Kenneth Branagh
• Bram Stoker’s Dracula, narrated by Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, and a full cast

A few Better Than the Movie audiobooks:

• The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
• Slumdog Millionaire by Vikas Swarup

From the Truly Criminal category:

• Columbine by Dave Cullen. High on my TBR because everyone says read it.
• Catch Me If You Can by Frank Abagnale

And a few more:

• Stitches by Anne Lamott. Love her.
• The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. The audio edition is sooo good!
• Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne. This Peter Dennis narration is the best.
• The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells

The details:

Repeating for emphasis: Prime members can stream these titles for free, but you can’t download them (unless you buy them, of course). These are the books to listen to while you do the dishes or fold laundry, not while you go for a run or drive carpool.

Audible Channels is a completely free feature for Amazon Prime members. You don’t need to do anything to access this feature except download the app. (Make sure you’re running the most recent version of the app. I had to update my iPhone app before I could access Channels. At this time, Channels is available in the Audible app for Android, iOS, Windows 10, and Fire tablets.)

If you’ve never tried Prime before, you start a 30-Day Free Trial. You have access to Audible Channels during your trial period. Shop Amazon – If you want to become a Prime member, start here. If you’re a student, you can get 50% off your Prime membership.

If Prime isn’t for you, next week I’m sharing how to purchase Audible audiobooks not quite for free, but for cheap, and without a membership.

Do you use Audible Channels? I’d love to hear what features you use, and how. And of course I’d love to hear your experience with any of the audiobooks on this list! Please tell us all about them in comments.

P.S. The beginner’s great big guide to audiobooks, and 10 engaging audiobooks read by their authors. Check out all audiobook posts on Modern Mrs Darcy right here.

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Kimberly G. Thomas, Author at Apps for Laptop & PC Free Download

“Dr. Kimberly Moore provides an opportunity not only to read the Bible in one year but also to reflect on how to apply its truth to our immediate circumstance. Whether read individually or in a small group, your life will be forever impacted by this divine program designed to help you manifest your deepest dreams and overcome your deepest fears.” ―LaKeesha Walrond, PhD, President, New York Theological Seminary

“This book provides powerful daily readings that will enhance your enjoyment of scripture and help you delight in the discipline of time alone with God. Every page is full of practical, insightful, and spiritually rich reflections that gently guide you into a deeper understanding of the beautiful grace-filled promises of God. If you are willing to spend daily moments in solitude to hear God's voice, you will experience the transformation of a lifetime.” ―Rev. Sheleta E. Fomby, Executive Pastor, New Life Ministries, Washington, DC

“The Bible in 52 Weeks will fan the flame inside readers to find joy in studying the Bible. Given the challenges of finding time to engage in personal Bible study, Dr. Kimberly Moore does a masterful job of carving out a simple, digestible Bible study system that makes reading the Bible in a year a reachable goal. With appealing graphics and thought-provoking questions, this book will lead you to levels of in-depth understanding that you never thought possible.” ―Pastor Wanda Frazier-Parker, D.Min., Truth Tabernacle Ministries Rocky Mount, North Carolina

“Wow! The Bible in 52 Weeks provides us the challenge and layout for an easy read, review, and refresh in our quiet times, lunch, and at that very moment we need to hear God. This book is not just a devotion but a way to achieve and enlighten our spiritual appetite and transformation. Each week provides highlights, information, and tools for mature Christians as well as new converts to grow in the Word.” ―Rev. Cordelia Wallace, Senior Pastor, Agape Cathedral, Baldwin, New York

DR. KIMBERLY D. MOORE is the senior pastor of Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church in Gastonia, North Carolina, and the founder of Kimberly Moore Ministries, a nonprofit outreach ministry that aims to empower others through classes, mentoring sessions, and scholarships.

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