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Farroz  (Level: 90.5 - Posts: 40)
Mon, 15th Aug '05 4:21 PM


Regarding Word Puzzles, It seems kind of strange that the more letters you guess the more points you get, therefore if you answer the puzzle in few moves you get less points than if you guessed every single letter. And the whole point is to guess in as few as moves as possible. I understand that if you are in the top 10 you get a lot of points but anything after that there isnít much difference say getting between 11tth and 100th. If you guessed every letter you could easily get 500 points plus the points you get for your rank and end up getting more points than someone that answered it in less moves. My idea is that you should get a greater amount of points for guessing in fewer turns. For ex: Each letter is worth 10 points so if you have a 10 letter word then the puzzle is worth 100 points if you get it in two moves you get 80 points. I love word puzzles and they have become my new favorite, but it is very frustrating trying to get any real points on it.

To make my point clearer I once got 2000 points for a word puzzle set, plus the additional 200 points for my spot on the board. That is as good, or better than 10th place plus I didnít have to try as hard. It just doesnít seem to add up right.

I have contacted sploofus support about this but havenít received any ideas on it yet.

I wanted to ask all of you if you thought the same way as me or if I am blowing things out of proportion.


Farroz  (Level: 90.5 - Posts: 40)
Mon, 15th Aug '05 4:23 PM

I didn't post this message 3 times......


Violetblue  (Level: 112.2 - Posts: 850)
Mon, 15th Aug '05 4:45 PM

I think it's odd, too, that you can rack up more points by filling in every space than by guessing in as few moves as possible. My hubby always fills in every last square. On the other hand, I like the challenge so I try to answer in few moves even if I may not get a Top Ten score.

I would like to see more Word Puzzles as well.

But yes, I agree, the scoring is odd.

Dizzy  (Level: 180.7 - Posts: 296)
Mon, 15th Aug '05 5:37 PM

I too like the challenge of getting higher on the leaderboard. Perhaps it would help if NO points were awarded for guessing letters, that would concentrate the mind on the prime objective of the puzzle (Put myself in the firing line there

Dizzy  (Level: 180.7 - Posts: 296)
Mon, 15th Aug '05 5:43 PM

On the same theme, a clear statement on spelling rules could help us Limeys. A 3 go penalty for "Driving LicenCe"

Tuzilla  (Level: 130.7 - Posts: 3769)
Mon, 15th Aug '05 6:27 PM

How about if you started off with, say, 10,000 points and points were deducted for wach guess until get the remainder and position bonus???

Farroz  (Level: 90.5 - Posts: 40)
Mon, 15th Aug '05 6:41 PM

That was my thoughts exactly you just had a better way of saying it Tuzilla.


Twinboymom2001  (Level: 67.0 - Posts: 197)
Mon, 15th Aug '05 7:36 PM

I have been a little confused on the scoring for these as well. I do like the idea the Tuzilla suggested...start with a certain amount of points, then deduct them for the amount of moves you make. The idea has it's potential!

Violetblue  (Level: 112.2 - Posts: 850)
Mon, 15th Aug '05 7:45 PM

Good idea, Tuzi!

Dizzy, that is a bummer! I got a 3-letter penalty for spelling 'linguine' and not 'linguini'. :D

Margiematt  (Level: 192.3 - Posts: 388)
Mon, 15th Aug '05 11:38 PM

Tuzilla I think your idea is a winner!

Playfulpelican  (Level: 20.1 - Posts: 42)
Tue, 16th Aug '05 12:01 AM

I too prefer Tuzilla's suggestion.

However, if Sploofus retains the current system, they should tell us the % of the score that will be awarded on the basis of elapsed time and the % of the score that will be awarded on the basis of # of guesses. Only then do we know how to approach the game.

I had incorrectly presumed that time was only a factor to break ties among people with the same # of guesses.

Shearstyle  (Level: 20.7 - Posts: 79)
Tue, 16th Aug '05 1:35 AM

I love the word puzzles. Except that sometimes when I guess a letter it backs up to the previous puzzle but still counts the extra moves it takes to get back to the correct screen.
or... other times when I guess a letter it will give me a bonus letter that I didnt guess yet but still add the extra move. Has this happened to anybody else?

Aquamar  (Level: 176.8 - Posts: 904)
Tue, 16th Aug '05 2:22 AM

This is in response to Shear's question. I too have had a few bad experiences with WP. For example, I have guessed the puzzle within a few moves, spelled each word correctly and I get hit with a three move penalty for answering incorrectly. I write it out again and this time it is accepted as correct. I also agree with the point system in need of an adjustment. I would also like to see a few more fun games. What does everyone else think?

Txchaplin  (Level: 126.8 - Posts: 26)
Tue, 16th Aug '05 2:45 AM

I too have had problems with WP backing up to the previous puzzle...and I have experienced what Aquamar said. I thought it was my imagination, but I guess not.

As far as Tuzilla goes, I think that is an awesome suggestion. I hope the Sploofus team is listening.

Kasp767982  (Level: 155.9 - Posts: 153)
Tue, 16th Aug '05 5:23 AM

Morning all, I also agree with Tuzilla.

Lolly  (Level: 99.8 - Posts: 78)
Tue, 16th Aug '05 6:17 AM

Hi all... I have also found all of the above difficulties with the word puzzles. I also agree that Tuzilla's idea is good. My personal gripe is similar to spelling differences ie, USA v REAL ENGLISH *ducks for cover*. I also find it very frustrating to find extremely US-centric questions/phrases/comments on the board. I'm Australian and have never even heard the term "like molasses in January". I concede that any intelligent person will work the puzzle out, but I feel that our US sploofusers may have a slight advantage at times..

Queenjulesii  (Level: 24.9 - Posts: 10)
Tue, 16th Aug '05 2:03 PM

I agree with the idea of a different point scale as well. I like the idea of points being taken away from a specified amount rather than points being added for letters guessed. I try to answer in as few moves as possible and have wound up slipping backwards in leaderboard standings. I also think that the additional points awarded at the end of a WP should be spread out more. The top 10 receives an adequate amount but if you happen to wind up in 11th, you only get 500 and some odd points, which is the same amount that several people below you receive. I think the sliding scale should be revamped to encourage people who score well to get more points than someone who winds up in 200th place. We are all about the points here at Sploofus and I think that several of the awards systems could use some work. (Steps off soapbox). Julie

Violetblue  (Level: 112.2 - Posts: 850)
Tue, 16th Aug '05 11:21 PM

Lolly, if it makes you feel any better I am from the US (have lived all over the north and south of it) and yet I have never once heard "like molasses in January" either! :D

Lolly  (Level: 99.8 - Posts: 78)
Wed, 17th Aug '05 1:10 AM

It does Violetblue.. Thanks! :D

Wed, 17th Aug '05 8:43 PM

There are thousands of potential scoring models inherent in WordPuzzles. Please use the current scoring model as an opportunity to form a strategy, do your best, and more than anything, have FUN! At the end of the day, it is all about who ends up on the leaderboard records.

Lolly  (Level: 99.8 - Posts: 78)
Mon, 22nd Aug '05 6:49 AM

OK... I have finally realised my problem isn't that I am disadvantaged due to where I live.. it's because I totally SUCK at word puzzles!! :D

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