Hi, Table Salt Games readers. I'm Will of Will and Beyond fame, and I'll be contributing a post approximately once a week to the site here.
In case you haven't heard of Scrabulous, it was a Facebook application where people can play Scrabble online with each other. Scrabulous was great because you could have so many games going at once with different people, and you didn't have to be online at the same time. Sometimes a game would take a few days to finish, other times it would take a couple months. It kept track of your ranking, and all the bingos you ever played.
Why was that paragraph written in the past tense? Because, as of recently, the Scrabulous application has been shut down by Facebook/Hasbro. Scrabulous was being put under a lot of legal pressure by Hasbro (who owns the US rights to Scrabble), since it was essentially a clone of Scrabble. It had been taken done one or two times here and there for a day or so, but never permanently, but this seems like it's for good.
The creators (two guys from India) have quickly put up an alternative game called WordScraper. They obviously anticipated the day when Scrabulous would get shut down, so they probably had this on the backburner just waiting for their d-day. From what I can tell, Scrabulous had ~600,000 daily users. For some reason, I can't imagine WordScraper reaching that status, but time will tell.
It's also worth noting, that Scrabulous is only shut down in the US and Canada, because Hasbro only owns the rights to Scrabble there; so you can still use it in other countries. Would it be worth setting up a proxy to make it look like I'm viewing Scrabulous from out of the country? No, because odds are very low that anybody else would.
I've mentioned on Will and Beyond before about how I love Scrabulous. Not just Scrabulous, but anything Scrabble-related. I'll still take a traditional game of Scrabble over anything else, but that's not always feasible. Some other great variations are Crapple, Anagram, Speed Scrabble, and Science Scrabble. Richard's already covered Speed Scrabble, and maybe I'll go into some of the others at a later time.