Surrey autobiography service, LifeBook, has helped bring to life the dreams of one of its authors by producing a guide which enables people to enjoy playing the board game, Scrabble, without the need for an opponent.
In his 104th year, Farnham resident Frank Bisby is LifeBook’s oldest author and has produced two books with the help of the Godalming-based company, which sends interviewers to interview and record a person’s stories so they can be transformed into a hand-crafted hardback, book for the family.
While being interviewed for his second LifeBook, Mr Bisby explained his idea for “Scrabble for One” and how he wanted to help lone Scrabble addicts, like himself, appreciate the game without the need for another player.
He said: “In an ageing population, I thought that there must be thousands like me who live alone and can rarely find someone with a couple of hours to spare to play a game of Scrabble. Then it occurred to me that, with a few additional rules, it is possible to enjoy this fascinating word game on your own and actually compete against yourself and others around the globe.”
LifeBook founder Roy Moëd was so enamoured with the idea that he decided to help Mr Bisby produce a guide to the new game, which could be published and shared with others across the globe.
He said: “Whenever I visit Frank, it’s clear his mind is continually working; he’s always creating and solving mathematical riddles that are completely beyond me.
“On a recent visit, he presented me with his Scrabble for One solution, which he penned and illustrated himself. I was astonished and promised to make sure it would see the light of day.
Scrabble for One: The Scrabble Addict’s Guide to Playing Solo, features five simple rules, which Mr Bisby hopes lone Scrabble fans will find easy to adopt, learn and teach others.
He added: “This is not just one person trying to play the normal game on their own. As far as I know – and I am somewhat surprised – no one before me has thought of this particular variation of Scrabble.
“It’s a simple idea using a standard Scrabble set yet has astonishingly pleasurable consequences for lone players like me. I hope it will enable many more people, who may have given up on the game because they struggle to find someone to play against, to once again enjoy it.”
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