So, instead of trivia I'm starting up a Wheel of Fortune/Hangman type game where all the puzzles are band/guard/drum corps related. Here's how it will work (hopefully I don't have to explain "Wheel of Fortune" to you)...
Each "game" will have three to five rounds (depending on whether there are three to five players in a game, which will depend on how many people sign up). When it is your turn, you will have the options of "Spin" (the wheel), "Buy" (a vowel), or "Solve" (the puzzle)SPIN
The wheel has 24 spaces:
$300 (x5), $400 (x3), $500 (x4), $600 (x3), $700 (x2), $800 (x2), $900 (x2), $2500, Lose a Turn, Bankrupt
Additional, two special prize tokens will appear on the wheel for one round each game:
Free Spin (allows you to spin again if you guess wrong/lose a turn)
Bonus Letter (gives you an extra letter in the bonus round)
If you choose to spin, please post SPIN, <letter>
with your letter guess at the same time. I will retrieve a random integer from random.org to determine what space you land on, fill in the puzzle and calculate your money, or come back with bad news. If you guess correctly, you get another turn (ever player will get to start a round, so everyone will have a chance to "run the table").
I will alert the game when no more consonants are in the puzzle. At that time the SPIN option will no longer be available.BUY
Buying a vowel costs a flat fee of $250, which is taken from your score whether or not your vowel guess is correct. I will alert the game when no more vowels are in the puzzle.SOLVE
If you choose to solve, you must solve in PMs (because they cannot be edited). You get one shot, and spelling counts! Only the player who correctly solves the puzzle wins their money for that round.
At the end of the "regular" rounds, the player with the most money goes on to the bonus round. I will then "spin the prize wheel" (random.org). The prize wheel has 20 slots with prize amounts ranging from $25,000 to $50,000.
A new puzzle will pop up, and the letters R S T L N and E will be given. The player will then have 24 hours to guess three more consonants and one more vowel (if the player that made the bonus round also won the "bonus letter" token, they can guess FOUR consonants instead of three), and will have another 24 hours after I update the puzzle to guess the solution in PMs. Again, YOU GET ONE SHOT and spelling counts! You cannot guess multiple times, so make it count!
With that, the game will end and three new contestants will play. I will continue cycling through the round of contestants. (Example, if eight players sign up, Game 1 will be players A, B, and C; Game 2 will be players D, E, and F; Game 3 will be players G, H, and A; Game 4 will be players B, C, and D; etc.)
There will be three scoreboards: current round, current game (all rounds so far) and overall.
I need players who can log in on a regular basis. If you are active in a game, you will be expected to log on at least once a day. Each turn will last no more than 24 hours; thus, if your turn comes up, and you don't log on in time to take it, you lose your turn. Miss your turn three times and you will be kicked out of the game.
However, the game will move as fast as you want it. If you log on five or six times a day, the game can be updated that many times a day if I do also.
The game will not start until after Christmas, possibly until after the new year. Sign up in this thread. Number of player sign-ups will further determine layout of the game.
Changes effective 05/14/09...
** The Regular Round wheel now has 36 spaces. Letter values are now $1000 (7 spaces), $1250 (6 spaces), $1500 (6 spaces), $1750 (4 spaces), $2000 (4 spaces), $2500 (3 spaces), $3000 (2 spaces), and $5000 (1 space). There are also TWO lose a turn spaces and one bankrupt space.
** Vowels now cost $1000 (flat rate)
** The Bonus Round wheel now also has 36 spaces. The values remain the same, only the frequency has changed: $25,000 (x10), $30,000 (x8), $35,000 (x6), $40,000 (x6), $45,000 (x4), and $50,000 (x2).
** My puzzle spreadsheet is running low. If you've got a good idea for a puzzle, send it to me. I will keep track of who sent me what: at no time will a player have the chance to solve their own puzzle.