[access-uk] Re: Braille Scrabble

  • From: "Eleanor Martha Burke" <eleanormarthaburke@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 11 Sep 2015 16:54:33 +0100

Well excellent idea and much cheaper. At least it would work.
----- Original Message ----- From: "Michael Moore" <michaelmoorehere@xxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Friday, September 11, 2015 4:52 PM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Braille Scrabble


Hi,

Should be supplied with a pack of Blu-Tac!

Mike

-----Original Message-----
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Sent: 11 September 2015 16:44
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Subject: [access-uk] Re: Braille Scrabble


Sounds like the design has changed since I bought mine about seven years ago. That had raised lines to form a grid but they were still inadequate to stop tiles moving when I tried to read them.

Again I think this is more likely to be the fault of Spears Games or whoever owns the brand, rather than the RNIB.





On 11/09/2015 16:40, Eleanor Martha Burke wrote:
Well said Mike, I paid £29.45p approx for this. My friend got it from
RNIB on Wednesday and I went to her place to play it yesterday. I
think it would be fair to see that I required sighted help and
unfortunately I required it more and more as we built up the words as
it got more and more unmanagable for me to look at the board
independently and meaningfully. I am ot really stupid but I might
well have appeared so yesterday or as one who required sighted
assistance when I did not really need it and all that is thanks to
RNIB for selling a hidious board. My friend had a scrabbled board but
the tiles did not fit it and her scrabble board had a type of plastic
grid where the tiles can sit in so that they do not move or become
dislodged. If the Braille instructions are on the RNIB website, I do
not know if they are there as a Word document, then Carol could read
the description of the board, other than that Carol I will get around
to copying out what the Braille instructions say about the board as at
least they will describe better than I can. I could just say that
there is not a plastic grid for each tile like there was in the old
board but 4 pins at each corner of a square to fit the tile in to.
Therefore if you feel the board without tiles on it, all you feel is a
mass of pins 4 for each tile. There are two dots in a square to
denote a double letter and 3 dots to denote a tripple word.

Eleanor
----- Original Message ----- From: "Mike Ray" <mike@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Friday, September 11, 2015 4:29 PM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Braille Scrabble



I agree with Eleanor that the design is ludicrously stupid. It's far
too easy to push or knock the tiles out of place while groping around
to read what's there.

But, it is unlikely to have been designed by the RNIB, I would think.
Since 'Scrabble' is no doubt a jealousy guarded trademark product it
would have been designed by whoever owns the mark.

Either way it clearly didn't bother asking a blind Braille reader to
test the prototype, or ask a blind person of average intelligence
what it needed to be like. In my experience it is virtually
unplayable if you can't see at all.

Your time might be better spent asking the RNIB why they are pruning
items from their product range faster than I can keep up with.



On 11/09/2015 15:35, Carol.Pearson29@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx (Redacted sender
carol.pearson29@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx for DMARC) wrote:
I haven't seen one in several years now as I still have the old one
so, if you can tell me more, I am interested.

Carol P

----- Original Message ----- From: Eleanor burke
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Friday, September 11, 2015 1:10 PM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Braille Scrabble


it is not a new one out Carol, it would be new to myself as I
haven't purchased one for years. I think this one is out three of
four years.




On 11 Sep 2015, at 13:02, Carol.Pearson29@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx (Redacted
sender "carol.pearson29@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx" for DMARC)
<dmarc-noreply@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:


Eleanor,

Oh, I didn't know RNIB had a new one out.

If it's worse than the last one then let's not bother, but
please tell me all about it.

Carol P

----- Original Message ----- From: Eleanor Martha Burke
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Friday, September 11, 2015 10:43 AM
Subject: [access-uk] Braille Scrabble


Hope it is OK discussing Braille Scrabble here. Purchased
this game on Wednesday and played it for the first time yesterday.
The board design is certainly changed since I first purchased it
back in the 1980s when the scrabble board was an American one and
the tiles fitted in so well. Then I had a new cheap and horrible
board after my nice American one got lost in the post. Finally
today's board is very ppoorly designed in my opinion. Wonder why
the RNIB has chosen this design rather than a design where the tiles
can fit in comfortably without moving about or lifting off the
board. How do current users of Scrabble get on with the board?
Very disappointed in it really for £29.45p when you consider a
mainstream one is so cheap. As the game builds up and there are
more and more tiles on the board it is quite difficult really to
explore the board without moving the tiles accidentally.

Eleanor



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