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smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Tue, 16th Jan '07 11:41 AM

HEY NEWBIES! READ THIS!

This is really intended for new players of Word Rounds and Word Matches, and those who haven't yet gotten up the nerve to try. Many members join and upgrade, as I did, for quizzes and Word Puzzles. The privilege of writing quizzes came as a very pleasant unexpected bonus and may in the end be the most gratifying part of Sploofus for me.

WR (there was no WM when I joined) was another surprise, and an intimidating one at that! Seeing all those happy, chirpy, witty people at the top joshing about their teeners and slapping each other on the back did nothing much to entice me, but it was the game itself that seemed impossible. I like to think of myself as literate and articulate, and a sizeable chunk of my ego is invested in my vocabulary. I can finish the NYTimes Sunday Crossword three weeks out of four, and sometimes four. Not to brag, just to illustrate why my first look at a WR was a humbling thing! I can't tell you now how long it took me to get 100%; that memory has mercifully been wiped from my mind. I do know when it came it took almost a full minute.

The gauntlet was down. I had something to shoot at--forty seconds. My first major breakthrough took another hazily long while but the moment itself is vivid; at 29.97 I felt like Rocky at the top of the museum steps. To a Philly girl, that's an image with real resonance. And the best part? When I posted my joy to the Shout, they all patted ME on the back! It was way cool! I was so hooked! And the other best part? I really WAS learning all those words! I was remembering them when I got them wrong, and when I guessed them. Get the same one wrong 3 times and you'll start getting it right!

Now with my first membership term about to expire, I've come a long way. Sploofus has gone from a convenient trivia resource to my 24-7 internet home. I can now get the odd teener and win the occasional smartly timed round. I've led the points for a month through sheer bloodymindedness and lack of sleep. I'm okay with the fact that I'll never be the best or the fastest head-to-head with the best and the fastest, and I don't expect I'll try again any time soon, but I've learned a tremendous amount at an age when too many give up on learning. Most importantly, I've made myself a place here with real friends to love and treasure.

I've said all that to say just this: don't be scared or shy. You'll get better and you'll be welcomed.

Practice, practice, practice!

Cheers!
Donna

bigbird
Bigbird  (Level: 239.2 - Posts: 3300)
Tue, 16th Jan '07 3:27 PM

Donna - What a great post! If there was ever a Sploofus handbook, that should definitely be one of the pages. You can just feel your excitement and love for WordRounds and Sploofus coming right on through.

(That said, I am overjoyed if I get in the mid-30s - but we won't go there!)

Alice

mandy226
Mandy226  (Level: 77.2 - Posts: 128)
Tue, 16th Jan '07 8:15 PM

A really lovely post Donna. I remember getting my first 100% and how great it felt, that was when I had just 2 attempts an hour. Im sure it's a great help and very encouraging for the 'newbies' to see that even the very fast players weren't that fast at the beginning and that they got better with practice. Mandy

embee
Embee  (Level: 86.7 - Posts: 362)
Tue, 16th Jan '07 10:03 PM

Well said Donna. I also remember when I had a very hard time getting 100%. I think it was yesterday! I upgraded to gold for Word Rounds and I'm glad I did. It's not just the game for me, it's the people. I have met some great friends playing Word Rounds!

joanneeberlin
Joanneeberlin  (Level: 184.2 - Posts: 686)
Sat, 27th Jan '07 6:30 PM

I agree 100% and you have such a great way with words Donna, I wish I had your talent.

Jo

gypsylady
Gypsylady  (Level: 142.6 - Posts: 6048)
Sat, 27th Jan '07 7:31 PM

Great post, Donna! I'm sure it gave a lot of people encouragement as it did me even tho' I'm not that new. I do remember the days when I first started and was lucky to get 100%. I finally went for 60 sec. to 50 sec. then 40 sec. then 30 sec. My fastest I think was 26. I don't know if I'll ever get in the teens. Maybe some day. Thanks, again!

Marilyn...

aslan
Aslan  (Level: 27.6 - Posts: 356)
Sat, 27th Jan '07 9:19 PM

Very nice post, Donna. It is the kindness and generosity of people like you that make this place special. Thank you.

phitzy1
Phitzy1  (Level: 66.4 - Posts: 873)
Tue, 30th Jan '07 4:05 PM

I have to confess...

I did a "victory dance" in the kitchen (that's where the Mac is) when I got a "teener".

I think that we all must have!

ladyvol
Ladyvol  (Level: 205.2 - Posts: 5484)
Tue, 30th Jan '07 9:00 PM

Great post Donna...very inspiring. It gave me a boost and I've been here since 2004!
Vickie

pafork
Pafork  (Level: 132.0 - Posts: 537)
Wed, 31st Jan '07 3:54 AM

Hey! I do my victory dances in the kitchen with the Mac too.

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Wed, 31st Jan '07 8:16 PM

When I dance in the kitchen with Mac, there's cheese involved!

Thanks for the kind words, gang!

Yup, the rate of speed has about topped out for me, but the percentages keep getting better and I keep making connections and learning new words. I'm so glad I didn't get discouraged early on and wander off to less challenging (and less rewarding) pursuits. I would've missed out on a lot more than a game.

Cheers, All!
Donna


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