This page provides links related Collins, and is part of our introduction to Collins (SOWPODS) in North America.
||The official word list, equivalent to the blue OWL2 book
||As CSW but with definitions, hence larger. Equivalent to OSPD, but there is no expurgation in Collins.
||Useful word lists derived from CSW
||Seattle Scrabble Club's CSW lists
|Bob's British Bible
||The ultimate list for converting to CSW from OWL2
||The well-known software will also play CSW (see the 'Try it!' page)
||Similarly, Zyzzyva is good for CSW study
||iPhone apps which adjuicate and perform searches, such as anagrams, on both OWL2 and CSW
||Tournament software that can easily run a CSW tournament, or incorporate a CSW division
Books & Articles
|Collins Scrabble: Play Like a Champion
||UK National Champion Allan Simmons describes CSW play
|The Last Word Newsletter
||Covers tournament play in North America, including CSW. The June 2010 issue (page 24) contains an annotated game, which is quite advanced, but shows the sort of thinking possible in a CSW game. The July 2010 issue (page 12) contains a writeup of the two CSW tournaments in Portland, May 2010, which includes quotes from some Collins 'newbies' on their experience. The back issues are downloadable from the 'Archives' section of the site.
|How to Win at Scrabble and Wordgame magazine
||Two of the best resources for CSW play are 'How_To_Win_At_Scrabble', by Andrew Fisher and David Webb, and 'Wordgame' magazine from 2000-1 by Mark Watkins. Unfortunately, neither is currently available, but it may be possible to track them down.
|Interview with Darryl Francis
||Interview from Word Buff with CSW co-creator, Darryl Francis, including information about the next edition, due out May 2011.