One day, a long long time ago, I lived in a small studio apartment in Jerusalem. My boyfriend at the time was coming home from a month in miluim (reserve duty). He called and asked me to pick him up from the central bus station. On the way home, he insisted on coming back to my place.
He was acting weird. Very quiet. I was a bit worried about him, but figured he was just exhausted from a month of defending the Jewish people.
Little did I know…
We walked into my apartment and the first thing I noticed was a huge bouquet of flowers. And then another. And another.
“What the…? How did those get in here?!”
I looked at him questioningly. He flashed a sheepish grin.
I turned back around and noticed a half dozen glimmering candles. And finally, I saw the Scrabble board – all set up, on my counter. (We played a lot of Scrabble, back in the day.) I stepped in for a closer look.
It read: “Mara, will you marry me?”
I started crying. My army-green clad boyfriend bent down on one knee, jewelry box in his hand.
There was much squealing. And jumping up and down. And more crying. I think I even managed a “Yes!” in all my antics.
As you can imagine – I’m still pretty darned fond of the game of Scrabble.
Fast forward ten years, and I get an email from the good folks at Hasbro toys, asking if I’d be interested in reviewing their newest Scrabble game: Turbo Slam.
So let me just tell you this off the bat: If you are a faithful Scrabble player, Turbo Slam is not the sedentary game you know.
There’s speed. And short words. And flashing lights, beeping sounds and even music (which, blissfully, you can turn off, if your kids aren’t the wiser).
(Due to all the battery operated fun, this game is not Shabbat friendly. For that, you’ll need to go old school).
So, here’s how you play:
The first player spells out a word, the you all slap down your cards to change the words on the table. When you hear the Turbo slam buzz, the first player to slam the button grabs an action card.
Sometimes these cards work to your benefit – like giving your cards to other players or taking them out of play entirely, but sometimes they’re to your detriment (like having to keep them to yourself).
You need word creating skills, but you also need speed: You gotta stay on your toes in Turbo Slam – otherwise your eight year-old might beat you. Handily.
Sound like fun?! Well, good, because one lucky KOAB reader gets to win Scrabble Turbo Slam, thanks to Hasbro.
Here’s how to enter this giveaway:
1. Leave a comment telling me your favorite board game. If you’ve got a cute story (engagement or otherwise) to go with it, I’d love to hear that, too!
While the first entry is mandatory, you can also get additional entries by doing either or both of the following:
2. Subscribe to the Kosher on a Budget email newsletter – I promise, I won’t spam you! Then, leave a separate comment telling me you have done so (or already were a subscriber).
3. Like Kosher on a Budget on Facebook, then share this giveaway updating your status to read: “I just entered to win Scrabble Turbo Slam from @KosheronaBudget. You could win, too – if you enter the giveaway. http://kosheronabudget.com/?p=12628” Then come back and leave another separate comment telling me you have done so.
This giveaway will be open until Wednesday, September 7. If you can still comment, you can still enter to win.
The winner will be selected randomly and notified on Thursday, September 8.
Dislcosure: Hasbro provided me with a free copy of Scrabble Turbo Slam to facilitate my review. I was not otherwise compensated for my time, nor for running this giveaway. All positive opinions of the game are my own – as is my engagement story.