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Scrabble wins our Board Game Battle

Help us pick the best board game: Board Game Battle

Cranium loses big to Scrabble in our championship round of voting

In the end, it was anticlimactic. After narrowly beating Pictionary to reach the final of our 16-title Board Game Battle, Scrabble emerged the champion with a resounding voting edge in the final.

Scrabble thumped Cranium 81% to 19% in the final as voting ended on Dec. 24, 2017.

En route to the final, Scrabble shrugged off stiff competition from Clue, Monopoly and then Pictionary. And perhaps it's not surprising. Invented by an American architect way back in 1938, Scrabble has reportedly sold more than 150 million copies worldwide, and has been sold in 121 countries and in 29 languages.

There's a good chance that if you go to a ski cabin this winter or to a lakeside cabin next summer, there will be a Scrabble board awating you.

Why did we do this Board Game battle?

Board game or video game? In November, we asked Team Power Smart members which one they'd prefer to play on a stormy day, and 75% voted for board game.

And with that, an idea was born. Welcome to our Board Game Battle, and for Team Power Smart members, a chance to win a four-game prize pack.

We started with 16 candidates after a lot of heated conversations. Many fantastic new games (Gloomhaven, Terraforming Mars, 7 Wonders) never made the cut because a whole lot of people out there have never played them. And chess, arguably the Best Game Ever, isn't on our list. We left it off, along with the likes of checkers and backgammon, because we want to focus on family and group games that can be enjoyed by three or more players.   

Join Team Power Smart & enter to win a four-game prize pack

Board Game Battle

Help us pick the best board game: Board Game Battle

Championship duel: Cranium vs. Scrabble

Billed as "The Game for Your Whole Brain", Cranium brings an assortment of challenges to the party: Describing a word by drawing it (eyes open or closed) or by sculpting it in clay; answering trivia questions; unscrambling words, spelling words or guessing definitions; or by performance, including whistling a song, impersonating a celebrity, or acting out a clue.

Scrabble is a word-lover's dream, a crossword-in-progress in which players rack up points by spelling words and aiming for double and triple letter and word scores on the board. Did you know that, placed on two triple-word squares with Z on a double letter square, QUIZZIFY scores 419?

Final vote: Scrabble 81%  Cranium 19%

Join Team Power Smart & enter to win a four-game prize pack

We love that 75% of members polled last month chose "board game" over "video game" as their choice to play during a storm. We love it because we're also mad about board games, and also because we're supportive of anything that takes us away from using electricity.

We've followed it up with this Board Game Battle, and a Team Power Smart December contest prize of a four-game prize pack.

If you're a Team Power Smart member, log in to view your Member Tool Box and insert the promo code – it's a number from this story. If you're not a member, join Team Power Smart today and then log in to your Tool Box and enter. You can start a 10% electricity Reduction Challenge while you're at it, and you'll have a shot at winning the prize pack of Pandemic; Season 1 Legacy, Codenames, Catan, and Dixit.