The page letters offers options to tweak the distribution and scores of tiles. For instance, Superscrabble comprises of 200 tiles in slightly modified distribution to the standard set, and Russian is played with Cyrillic letters, etc. The program includes several predefined sets which contains the available letters, their count, and the value. You can easily define multiple of a standard set using the right-hand multiplicator.
Furthermore there are settings for the number of jokers and how many random letters are added. And you can set-up how many tiles are provided at once on the rack.
Changes on the letter set become effective with the next game.
Adjustment of a set
It is also possible to define your own distribution. To do so just change the content of the table directly, that means double click on the cell for count of letter A and make the 9 to a 10. The default language drop down above is cleared when the set becomes non-standard. Rows are deleted automatically if all cells are blank. To add a row, for example to include further letters, use cursor down at the last row. The complete table has a copy/paste feature (ctrl+C/V or via context menu) so you can use a more comfortable tool. And of course you can copy the example below in this page and paste at the table. After every change the distribution is checked whether or not it corresponds to a standard set. If so the drop-down shows the respective language. If you regularly play with different sets you should consider to use the presets option which includes the letter distribution.
Below the table you may change the number of jokers (usually 2). And there is an information on the total number of tiles which includes the random letters too.
Basically, the letter set provides only single characters, the input of digraphs or even trigraphs beyond the unicode standard is not possible. But you can use any character and replaced it by something else, for instance a digraph. For instance, the Spanish CH is replaced by the number 1 in the dictionary, LL by 2, and RR by 3. And to place a word like CHACHA you have to add the number 1 to the letter set. The program replaces 1 by CH so it is shown as 'real' digraph. Learn more about the application of digraphs at the page "How to create your own dictionary".
Number of pieces
With options you can define the number of tiles you want to play with. The standard is 7 tiles on the rack but you can have as well 8, or any number between between 2 and 20.
Number of randoms
A completely new feature of Scrabble3D is the introduction of random letters. You specify the number of pieces that are chosen randomly from the table. These letters are added to the set. If all letters in the (very special) set would have a count of zero and 100 random letters are requested, the game is completely randomized with 100 letters. But it makes sense to use a small number for an ordinary game with some surprise potential.
The reading direction defines where the board starts and how it is read. In case of Arab, Hebrew, or Farsi the board is flipped and words start from right. If you select one of the standard sets this option is set automatically. Since the reading direction is a visual feature you may change it during the game.
Examples for letter sets
To use one of these sets just select all and copy then. Go to the configuration page and paste the data into the table.
- Classic (100 letters +2 joker; according tournament rules)
A 9 1 B 2 3 C 2 3 D 4 2 E 12 1 F 2 4 G 3 2 H 2 4 I 9 1 J 1 8 K 1 5 L 4 1 M 2 3 N 6 1 O 8 1 P 2 3 Q 1 10 R 6 1 S 4 1 T 6 1 U 4 1 V 2 4 W 2 4 X 1 8 Y 2 4 Z 1 10
- Superscrabble (196 letters +4 joker)
A 16 1 B 4 3 C 6 3 D 8 2 E 24 1 F 4 4 G 5 2 H 5 4 I 13 1 J 2 8 K 2 5 L 7 1 M 6 3 N 13 1 O 15 1 P 4 3 Q 2 10 R 13 1 S 10 1 T 15 1 U 7 1 V 3 4 W 4 4 X 2 8 Y 4 4 Z 2 10