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2018 NASC for Overseas Visitors

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Here is a brief introduction to the 2018 North American SCRABBLE Championship for overseas visitors considering attending.

What is it?
This is the 29th North American SCRABBLE Championship (previously known as the National SCRABBLE Championship). It features about 500 players and 31 rounds of NASPA- and WESPA-rated play over five days on August 4–8, at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center in downtown Buffalo, New York.
Where is Buffalo?
Buffalo is situated on the eastern shore of Lake Erie in western New York.
How do I get there?
Buffalo is served by the Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF). If you unable to fly directly to Buffalo, consider connecting from other airports in the region such as LaGuardia (LGA), John F. Kennedy (JFK), Newark (EWR), Detroit (DTW), Toronto (YYZ) or Logan (BOS).
Do I need a visitor’s visa?
It depends on where you are travelling from. We can tell you whether or not you do, but it is your responsibility to obtain the visa yourself.
Can you send me an invitation letter to support a visa application?
Yes. After you have paid for your registration, please email us with the details that you want included in the letter.
Don’t you play with the American dictionary?
Many of us do, but we get about 60 players each year in our Collins division.
How can I see who is registered this year?
An entrants list will be posted, once registration opens.
What do I need to do to register?
If you are not already a NASPA member, you need to have an active membership to register. Then you may complete the registration form once registration opens, and remit payment either by credit card or postal money order as instructed. You may also pay John Chew in cash, in person at an international event.
How do I become a member?
If you live in a country with which we have a reciprocal agreement (including the UK, Australia, New Zealand, SDev (German speaking) countries, India, Nigeria and Malaysia) and are a member of your local official Scrabble association, just email us at info@scrabbleplayers.org for your complimentary membership. If not, ask us if we can negotiate an agreement with your organization. If not, first-time trial membership costs US$15 for six-months; past members may purchase a one-week membership for US$19.
How much does the NASC itself cost?
USD$200, plus a USD$100 commuter fee if you do not stay at one of the event hotels. Prices increase by $50 on May 31.
What was the top prize in the Collins division in 2017?
How can I find out more about the event?
Visit the 2018 North American SCRABBLE Championship webpage, or email us at info@scrabbleplayers.org