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This page has brief rules of the game. The sections talk about questions asked before the game starts, the most vital rules of the game, a summary of gameplay, question categories, question levels, question types, puzzles, the bonus round, commands, speed round, and misbehavior. The commands' section doesn't appear on the full rules page, but those instructions include the important commands.

Pre-Game Questions

Subscribers to the notification mailing list get three completely random questions the night before a game. Players have until the game's start to come up with the correct answers, including looking them up.

When the game officially starts, players will get an opportunity to submit their answers to these questions. Players submit their answers using one line per question in the order asked.

The answers to the questions will appear in the newsletter sent sometime after the game, not in the channel. Players will only know how many points they earned.

Important Rules

Next, it's time to go over the most important rules:

  1. Answers do not require correct spelling or capitalization. Players may get bonus points for correct spelling. However, players will get bonus points for matching puzzle and scramble guesses.
  2. The host must receive the answers first. Please do not argue about this.
  3. It is important to read the question and follow the prompts. Infrequently, some questions are tricky, and some choices in multiple choice questions attempt to make players laugh, cause confusion, or both.
  4. Using a last name only is not correct unless the question says otherwise. Names do not require middle names unless it results in a completely different person. An example involves the three presidents of the Church that share the name Joseph Smith.
  5. Players can look up answers.
  6. There should be no teams. Ideally, it's one person per connection.
  7. Finally, have fun.

Game Summary

This game involves answering trivia questions, solving hangman style puzzles, and solving scrambles.

A game clock starts at 60 minutes and ticks down during play, stopping frequently, making the game length about four hours. The game plays in rounds that involves solving one puzzle with 10 minutes on a clock called puzzle. The game ends when the game clock expires and after finishing any question and puzzle in progress in that order. Whoever has the most points at the end gets a bonus round. Some time after the game, the host sends a newsletter about the game. This next list explains the steps of game play:

  1. The game begins with a scramble. The player that solves it first gets control.
  2. The script shows a puzzle along with its category and point value. The category only appears in the channel once.
  3. The player in control picks the category and level for the first/next question. If no player has control, the host picks questions completely at random until someone gets a question right.
  4. A question appears. There's a pause. After the pause, players have 25 seconds to post one answer on one line. Whoever posts the correct answer using their one line gets points, but the player that answers it correct first gets control and an opportunity to guess a letter in the puzzle.
  5. If nobody gets the question right, a free for all occurs for 35 seconds, allowing players to guess as often as they desire, one line at a time. The first player to post the correct answer gets points and control.
  6. The player that got the question right first gets an opportunity to guess a letter.
  7. This is the end of a question. Go back to step three until one of the following events:

That is the basics of the game. Other events occur that go beyond the basics and, therefore, the scope of this page. Rounds two and four may be different from usual rounds:

Rounds Two and Four

Having control at the start of round two is important, because round two offers the player in control a choice from the following three options:

If the player chooses Neither, the rounds remain normal for the rest of the game. If the player chooses either the Puzzle Round or the Question Round, round four will be the round not chosen.

The puzzle round is solving as many puzzles as possible in ten minutes and has no questions. The question round is ten minutes of questions, including players choosing categories and levels.

The remaining sections cover the game's categories, the levels, the four question types, the bonus round, the commands, and misbehavior for the game.

Scrambles

Scrambles are a word or small phrase that appears randomly scrambled. This game uses scrambles to determine who gets control, but they can also appear as questions.

Questions

One important rule about questions is that they can override rules for that question only.

The following sections cover categories, levels, and question types.

Categories

Questions come in categories. Players choose categories and levels. Here are the categories for the game with what to type to select that category appearing in parentheses:

Categories in italics mean they can appear in the question itself regardless of the chosen category and level.

Red text means they contain word scrambles. Unlike regular questions, the word scramble itself doesn't display the category.

Levels

A level is the type of question:

Bear in mind that the number of questions for levels five through eight are low.

Scrambles are level three.

Question Types

There are four additional types of questions: multiple answer, educated guess, and bonus.

Multiple Answer

Some questions require two or three correct answers. Players get more time for these questions, but the player still must post all required answers on one line. The host ignores extra answers but may warn. For part one, the host ignores extra lines but may also warn. Players do not have to separate answers, but it makes it easier for the host to process.

Educated Guess

These questions are one part only with a reduction in points. After showing the question and the standard pause, players make one guess per required correct answer. The player that is the closest gets the points. The host ignores going over.

Multiple Answer and Educated Guess

Rules for multiple answers and educated guess combine. A player must be correct or closest on all required answers in order for it to count as correct.

Bonus Questions

Up to once per round, the player in control gets one guess to the question. If the player gets it right, the player earns points, and the game continues, including a letter guess. If not, it becomes a free for all like normal.

Speed Round

When the puzzle or game clock expires, the focus shifts to the puzzle to solve it fast. After finishing a question, which includes the letter guess opportunity, speed round starts with the player in control guessing a letter. The script then goes down the nickname list and gives each player a chance to guess a letter. Players can solve the puzzle at any time during a speed round. Going down the nickname list will repeat until players stop guessing letters, or someone solves the puzzle.

Bonus Round

The highest scoring player gets two minutes to answer as many questions as possible. Questions may repeat but not twice in a row.

Commands

Use the following commands during the game. Brackets ([]) means it is optional. Make sure to type commands in the channel and replace anything shown in brackets (<>) with the information requested. Items shown in parentheses are the valid choices. Use these first three commands when prompted. When it's the wrong time for the command, the script ignores the command, but the host may say something.

For example, if a player wants a level one Scripture question, the command is [!pick] s 1.

Use the following commands at any time during the game: Only the player typing the command sees the results.

Misbehavior

Don't swear, harass other players, or be rude. This goes for the host, who is human. Penalties are timed bans, kicks, or both. Bans prevent a player from talking in the channel. A player cannot re-enter a channel if they leave the channel before the ban's removal. If the host kicks a player without a timer, that player will lose all points earned for that game. Avoiding a ban causes an instant disqualification for the session, regardless of fault for the ban.

That is the basics of the game. For all rules and possibly some tips and strategy, see the Full Rules page.

Site © 2018-2022 by Jeremy Adderley. All graphics used are copyright respective owners, who have given me permission to use them by giving credit.

Background picture from BoxedArt.
Line and banner graphics obtained from Celine's Original GIF's. (The link no longer works.)

Game format and questions written by me are copyright 2017-2022 by Jeremy Adderley. Feel free to use the game's format and questions as long as no money exchanges hands. Please give credit. Questions written by others are properly credited in the answers. Please send an e-mail to request permission and/or make payment(s) for their use when it involves money.

So far, I wrote most of the questions, so I'm adding a disclaimer that I do not talk about the questions with anyone that I feel may end up playing the game, especially my wife. This is so they can play, and other players don't feel those people have an edge over them.

Mailing Lists

There are two mailing lists: newsletter and notify. They're separate just in case a person only wants one. The newsletter contains a summary of the game, including scores of everyone who played, corrections to scores, updates to the game, and even high score lists. The notify list announces the time for the next game; however, the most important aspect is asking three random questions the day before the game session. Answering these three questions before the game officially starts will earn points. The three random questions will only appear in the notify list.

There is a page on Facebook about the game, and I post when the next game will be and updates to the site/game.

Privacy Policy

The only purpose for collecting email addresses is for sending newsletters and announcements for the next game. They are not sold in any form. Any real names collected will not appear on this site, unless they contributed something that deserves credit.