Etiquette Tips for Words with Friends

By | July 24, 2013

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Most people who enjoy playing Words with Friends, the popular social word game, know that it requires both luck and skill.

But many players forget about the social aspect and make as many errors in etiquette as they do in strategy.

Fortunately, you can become a better all-around player by following these simple tips.

Don’t Be a Slow Player

Players can be quite slow to take their turn. Days can go by before they make a move. It’s aggravating, and I often think the game should be called Waiting for Friends.

In fact, I’ve had games go on for so long that the board doesn’t even look familiar anymore. And then there’s the slow players who never return.

So make as many plays a day as you can, at least one or two.

Don’t Whine or Complain

It’s tempting to vent your frustration in the chat area when you’re getting bad letters or getting outplayed.

While some friendly banter is fine, complaining will only reveal your inexperience or poor sportsmanship. And not to mention, it’s really annoying.

On the flip side, it’s nice to send the occasional “Good play!” or “Nice one.”

Ask to Rematch

The rematch option in Words with Friends is convenient, but the other player may not want to play another game and yet feel obligated to accept.

My advice: Send a message asking if it’s okay to rematch. “Ready for another game?” works well.

Also, if you consistently lose to someone, it’s best to move on to a new opponent or at least to wait awhile before asking for a rematch again.

Play Fair

Playing Words with Friends online requires the honor system. So don’t look up words in other sources or use cheat or “helper” apps during a game.

And although the game allows you to try invalid words without penalty, avoid using trial and error to make a play.

On the other hand, don’t worry about players who are possibly cheating; consider it a challenge.

Finish the Game

Don’t be like Sarah Palin and resign. Play it all the way out.

And for those ready to show off their best game etiquette, check out this unofficial Words with Friends tournament site.

Good luck!