The Broken Egg

Hi, it’s mrbadexample again. I run, a Wordbase strategy guide. The kind folks at Wordbase have asked me to write some guest blogs for them.

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On top of that I’ve agreed on battling the first 50 of you fellow Wordbasers who challenge me. If you beat me you win free premium access and you’ll be featured on Facebook and this site. You’ll find the link to challenge me at the bottom of this blog post. Remember to visit the link from your mobile device.

At the time of writing, I’ve played well over 300 games of Wordbase and won all but six of them (although Thpartacuth and superbad95 are both currently threatening to increase that second number). It’s been 133 games since I lost.  I’ve won games by playing two words, but I’ve also won games having been down to owning just one single tile. I’m more proud of the second fact, and that’s the theme for this blog post.

Having spent 75 words boasting about how great I am (maybe I was just making sure you’re listening), I’m now going to spend 400 words explaining one short and fairly obvious sentence: You win Wordbase games by not losing.

What this means is the best way to boost your stats is to make yourself harder to beat. So let’s talk about how to play when your opponent has the momentum and is pushing you back towards your base.

1. Identify the squares your opponent could finish from

Firstly, try to work out if your opponent is working towards a particular finishing word, and identify the squares they could finish from, so you know where you need to defend.

2. If you can, try to push them back

Then you need to change the momentum – this may initially just mean slowing it down. Your rule should be: if you can, try to push them back; leave them with fewer squares at the start of each turn. If you can’t push them back, then hold them where they were, so they start with the same number of squares on their next go. If you can’t do that, then at least try to claim their best attacking squares. Basically, concentrate on being obstructive and make progress as difficult as possible for them.

3. Avoid your opponent’s lines of attack

The third key point is to try to avoid your opponent’s lines of attack where you play your words. If you make it easy for your opponent to cut off the words you play, then it will be difficult to change the momentum and you’ll soon run out of options. If you can, cut your opponent’s chain by looping around rather than going back along the same line.

As the play gets closer to your base, don’t forget to look for words you can play from your base squares – there are always 10 letters you can play from – and if you can create a loop out from your base and back it will make your chain stronger.

And, the final lesson

Never give up. Even if you’re down to one letter and can only come up with one last, sad little three-letter word, your opponent might have run out of responses on their last go, so give it a try.

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