Posted by Yehuda Berlinger as Modern Board Games
Andrew Clifford Capener presents A-1 Scrabble, a designer wooden edition where the letters are all uniquely typefaced. The board is also wooden , in six pieces that stay together with magnets and put away into a nice shelf arrangement.
You can order a set in the font of your choice, or with a mix, as shown above. As of now, you have to sign up to get notified when they are actually available. I’m pretty sure that he’ll either have to acquire a Hasbro license or drop the word “Scrabble” by then.
Yikes. I don’t know what he means by wanting to “revive” Scrabble. It’s still one of the most popular games in the world and one of Hasbro’s steady money makers. And Hasbro certainly does protect its property. He’d have to do a whole lot more than change the name. Remember a little over 2 years ago when Scrabulous was the most popular Facebook application until Hasbro shut it down with an infringement lawsuit?
Copyright lasts the life of the author plus 70 years. While Scrabble was invented in 1938, the author didn’t actually die until 1993, so if it is protected by copyright, then it’s under copyright for another 52+ years.
This is a gorgeous set. Looks like an art project he wants to monetize. Best bet is probably to contact Hasbro and work out a license.