Scrabble debut next weekend

Thanks to our friends at Home Game Entertainment, next weekend at Colorado Anime Fest we’ll be producing the first of a six-episode series of Scrabble, an anime-themed version of the 80s television crossword game show.

I’ll be doing my best to capture the look and feel of the original game show in the videos (all six episodes should go online, mainly as Patreon uploads) as much as possible. This is a game I’ve always enjoyed and I decided to license HGE’s software as a sort of love letter to the game show fans. Even though my primary target is the live convention audience, I hope in some way that those of you who are mainly just fans of game shows will see something to enjoy here.

One change I’m making is in keeping up with how times have changed since Scrabble’s original eighties broadcast. In order to respect gender inclusiveness, I will not be doing the “He’s a…She’s a…” bit in the opening introductions of contestants. I have had nonbinary contestants on my show before, and therefore I will be replacing the opening with “One’s a…one’s a…” This will also allow me not to have to put someone on the show just to fulfill the “man versus woman” matches that the show always utilized. If the two best contestants happen to be of the same gender, so be it.

Conventions more and more are becoming less heteronormative, and therefore I’m going to be making an honest effort to provide entertainment that is all-inclusive, showing respect for everyone.  Please enjoy Scrabble next weekend. I hope to see you in Denver!