They look very similar, and work in pretty much the same way, with just a few differences in layout (e.g. ISC has icons / WordBiz uses a menu; ISC shows the names and stats of people looking for a game / WordBiz shows game seeks in a graph layout).
Once you have an ISC account you can log in and play on either one, so maybe check them both out and see which you prefer.
Scroll down for details of how to play.
If you haven’t played on ISC before, you’ll need to create an account. You can sign up with a username (“ISC handle”), password and email address, or you can connect using your Facebook or your Google account.
Once you’ve set up your account and are logged in, you need to set your game parameters – minutes per game, dictionary, what sort of challenge you want, and various other settings. Do this by clicking the “Cog” symbol on ISC, or by going to the “Options” menu in WordBiz and choosing Set Variable and Set Formula.
When you’re set up and ready to play, you can look at the Seek graph and play against someone who’s looking for a game, or click the ‘Seek a Game’ button to send out a game request to other users. If you want to play against a specific player, you can send them a ‘Match’ request in the Command line at the bottom right of the screen if you know their ‘handle’ (username) – e.g. ‘match jfrizelle’
You can add players to your ‘Buddies’ list to make it easier to see if they’re logged in.When you are logged in, if someone in your Buddies list logs in, you will get a notification.
- Using ISC in the browser, click on the “Two heads” symbol to see buddies. Search for someone by handle or email address, and when you find them click their name – they will then be added to your Buddies list.
- In WordBiz, search for someone by typing ‘F’ (for Finger) and their handle in the command line, e.g. ‘f jfrizelle’. When you find them, right-click on their name and click ‘Buddies +’ – they will then be added to your Buddies list.
There are regular tournaments being organised via ISC and Facebook groups. You need to join the Facebook group in order to play in these events – let me know if you are interested and I will get you added to the relevant group.
- James Burley has a Facebook group called Lockdown Lunacy With Letters which is open to everyone
- Chris Harrison has a Facebook group called ABSP Discussion which is only open to ABSP members