Welcome to Minefield: the new quiz game!
What does it involve?
Questions, hopefully with more than a few answers that will make you go “Wow!”
I wanted to have a go at doing a quiz over the internet, but the problem is that if everyone can look up the answers, everyone can potentially get full marks. If I made the questions too difficult, no one would be interested in playing. If I relied on the honour system, there is always the potential that someone would look up the answers, which wouldn’t be fair on the others, So I did something a little bit different.
Wait a minute - so can we or can’t we use the internet?
You absolutely can. In fact, I would encourage it, as there are a few questions that you would never be able to answer otherwise. The vast majority of answers can be found with a quick search online; some might require a bit of careful thinking as well.
So what did you do differently?
You notice the name of the quiz? Minefield. Each game consists of ten questions. Two of the questions are mined. If you attempt those questions while the mines are live, regardless of the answer being right or wrong, you will set off the mine and you cannot answer any more questions this game.
But what if I know the answer to all of the questions in the game… how can I defuse the mines?
Well… if you answer all the other 8 questions correctly, you will defuse the mines, and you can attempt to answer them. But, and THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT SO PAY ATTENTION: you must wait for me to tell you that the mines have been defused before you can attempt them. If you do not, then the mines are still live, and they will blow up.
If you do successfully defuse the mines, nothing will set them off that game, not even getting the answer wrong.
So which questions are the mines?
Two questions will be mines, and I have selected them at random.
But how will I know which ones are the mines?
I hope you like guessing…
Okay… but what about the points, and are there any hidden bonuses or joker rounds?
Each question is worth one point. It doesn’t matter if there are multiple parts to a question or a single part, each question is worth one point. There aren’t any hidden bonuses, nor will there be any joker rounds. But what I am offering here are…
For every question you attempt, your multiplier will increase by one. So if you attempt two questions, your multiplier will be x2. If you attempt 6 questions, your multiplier will be x6. At the end of the game, the number of correct answers is multiplied by your multiplier, and that is your score.
So if you attempt 6 questions, but only get 4 right, you will score 6x4 = 24.
However, if you set off a mine, your multiplier drops back to 1.
With 10 questions, there is a potential top score of 100. But if the first question you attempt is a mine, depending whether you get it right or wrong will mean you could score 1 point or 0.
In short, the more questions you attempt, the greater your score could be… but the chances of finding a mine also increases and reducing your score drastically. In short, how brave are you?
So how do we play this?
I’ll give you some sample game play in a bit, but this is a brief rundown.
First, decide which questions you want to submit answers to, and send them to me by private message. You can answer one question at a time, or even submit a bunch of them in any order you like, and I will answer them in the order you give them to me. Please make sure you number your answers.
Brief interjection here about numbering.
I strongly recommend you number your answers A1, A5, A2, etc. This is because of the automatic numbering system. If you use 1. 3. 5. or 4) 9) 1), the numbers get reordered.
And again, and this is also very important so please pay attention: I will NOT be assuming what numbers you meant, nor will I be letting you know if I think you made an error. If your answer is written against Question 5 but was intended to be for Question 3, it will be marked against question 5 and will be marked wrong!
To give everyone a chance, I will not mark your answers until at least one hour has passed since you submitted it. If you notice an error, then you can edit it. But once you see the post has been liked, it means I have started marking it so please, no more edits.
Now, where was I?
I’d just submitted a few answers…
Oh yes, cheers for that. I’ll go through your answers in the order of submission. If, for example, you’ve submitted 5 answers and the second was a mine, your other answers will be ignored. Once I’ve checked them, I’ll let you know how many you got right, and whether you hit a mine.
If you hit a mine, you can’t play any more in this particular game. If you haven’t hit a mine, you will be invited to submit some more answers. At this point, you can stick, in which case your score is locked in, and nothing will change that. If you wish to continue, submit one or more answers, and we’ll carry on until you’ve:
(a) blown yourself up, in which case you lose all multipliers gained throughout this particular game;
(b) locked in your score, in which case your points are multiplied by your locked in multiplier;
(c) answered 8 questions, but not all of them correctly, in which case you have to stop as the mines won’t defuse (but you do have a x8 multiplier which should do wonders for your score!) or;
(d) answered 8 questions correctly without blowing yourself up, in which case I will let you know it is now safe to answer the two mine questions.
There is absolutely no rush on you to get through the answers. You can submit one question at a time, and keep on doing this for as long as you dare, or submit 8 questions in one go and hope for the best.
What you must NOT do is submit 10 questions in one go, because that WILL MAKE THINGS GO BANG! Remember: the mines are only safe after I have told you they are safe. If you attempt to answer them before you are told they are safe THEY WILL EXPLODE.
Before I give you some worked examples, have you any other questions?
What do I do if I spot a mistake in your question?
I have taken every care with the fact checking and wording of all the questions, but it is possible I have made a mistake. It is also possible that what you are looking at is a question that has been carefully worded that way for a reason. So if you spot a mistake, please do not post on the forum about it, but instead send me a private message. If it turns out I am in error, I will let everyone know. If anyone’s gameplay has been impacted by my error, I will do my best to rectify their points by an appropriate amount.
What if you’ve told me I have a question wrong but I’ve not yet blown myself up… can I attempt that incorrect question again?
How many games are there, and if I start playing, am I committed to all games?
Each game is a stand-alone. I have written 8 games of 10 questions each. I’m anticipating each game to last roughly a week, but that’s only because of how the game is being played and the time lag because of playing across multiple time zones. The total amount of playing time each player will spend in total for each game is probably less than an hour, spread across the week.
You are under no obligation to play every game. I will be keeping a total across all the games though, if anyone is interested. As long as a game is being played, any new player can jump in and join the fun.
If you got blown up in one game, you can still join in future games.
If you’ve missed the first seven games, you’re still welcome to join in for game 8.
If you have to skip multiple games because of Reasons, that’s perfectly fine.
If you start game one but decide to drop out before the game is over because you realise this type of quiz isn’t for you, then that’s also fine, and no hard feelings.
Only one game will be played at a time; the next game won’t be launched until the current game has concluded.
Okay, I think it is time to show you a sample game…