Scrabble is so 2000-and-late. Jenga’s popularity fizzled in the 90′s – and Uno, well, I guess Uno has always kind of been amazing…I will just leave that one alone. But combined, SCRAJUNO, the trifecta of Scrabble-Jenga-Uno, is a force to be reckoned with.
It’s like the peanut butter + banana + honey sandwich of old school gaming. It’s no joke, either – certainly not for the faint-hearted. And, it successfully kept little brother, Michael, and me (we are very proud inventors) entertained for a few hours – until Balderdash time – during our snowy white X-mas Day in Dallas.
How to Play
Set up all three games within close proximity of each other. The oldest, and therefore the wisest, player goes first. Start with Scrabble. After your turn, calculate how many points your word(s) generated.
- If your word is between 0 – 10 points or is 3 letters long or fewer: Remove 3 Jenga blocks from the tower and draw 3 Uno cards. Play the Uno hand until a player wins or you’ve gone through the entire deck of cards once.
- If your word is between 10 – 15 points or between 4 – 5 letters long: Remove 2 Jenga blocks from the tower and draw 2 Uno cards. Play the Uno hand until a player wins or you’ve gone through the entire deck of cards once.
- If your word is 15 points or higher or 6 letters long or over: Remove 1 Jenga block from the tower and draw 1 Uno card. Play the Uno hand until a player wins or you’ve gone through the entire deck of cards once.
The game is more about speed than anything else – so create your Scrabble word(s), select your Jenga piece(s) and play your Uno hand(s) as quickly as you can. Whomever wins two out of the three games making up SCRAJUNO is the overall winner. The loser has to clean up and put away the games and is subject to cruel and unusual ridicule for the next 24 hours.
Pretty much, this is the best game ever created. You’re welcome.