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Tresayre  (Level: 82.0 - Posts: 362)
Mon, 3rd Aug '09 10:12 PM


Does anyone else nearly have a heart attack when they have to answer a showdown question, or is it just me?
I know its just a question, and a win or loss of points but showdowns scare the living daylights out of me!

Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2498)
Mon, 3rd Aug '09 10:18 PM

Since the points are meaningless and its almost impossible to move up after a certain point, you should use them and have fun. I have issued about 25 showdown challenges in the last 30 days. Even with my limited knowledge I have moved up 37 places and doubled my points. Sploofus is best enjoyed when you have a little fun with it. I also at one pint lost about one third of my points as well. DO IT!

Garrybl  (Level: 293.8 - Posts: 6802)
Mon, 3rd Aug '09 10:23 PM

I would not be quite so pessimistic about gaining or losing points.
When I went platinum about a year ago so as to be able to write word puzzles, I earned a couple of wager tokens from that -- and you'd be surprised at how fast you can go up when you simply pick the wager questions on your special subject.
I'd make a wild-a$$ guess that there are probably 50-100 people who've played sploofus since the early days who could get into the top 50 just by going gold and using wager tokens.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Mon, 3rd Aug '09 11:02 PM

Yes, I am filled with dread and adrenalin every time I do a showdown. I have no excuse. In fact, when I am challenged and I know I have nothing to lose no matter how slowly or incorrectly I answer, it's the same feeling as if every point I have is on the line.

Godwit  (Level: 81.2 - Posts: 435)
Mon, 3rd Aug '09 11:17 PM

I would invite your friends to Challenge you repeatedly, until you get used to it and have fun. Or you go after folks and Challenge them like mad for a while. See how it feels. After all, it's only a feeling like you are completely alone in the dark being chased by a pack of wolves. It's just morbid shame and public humiliation! Or triumphant success and Survivor guilt. So brief! I say go for it.

Chyenn  (Level: 210.7 - Posts: 1332)
Tue, 4th Aug '09 12:24 AM

one little problem with that advice.. you can not choose whom you challenge. showdowns are only against the person immediately ahead of you in rank on the leaderboard.

i also get an adrenaline rush when i see that i've been challenged. it's part of the fun for me...

a word to those ahead of me -- you have nothing to fear from me... unless or until Justin makes good on his promise to allow the challenger to choose the category from which the question will be issued.

Daveguth  (Level: 268.9 - Posts: 1636)
Tue, 4th Aug '09 12:26 AM

Awhile back, I challenged someone who shall remain nameless. I got the question right in about 10 seconds. And I noticed that it was in a category that this person did not have a "category award," i.e., they were correct less than 50% of the time in this category. The person also had an average answering speed well over 10 seconds. So I was feeling pretty confident.

Each day, there was no response, even though I noticed that this person's "Last Logon" updated everyday. Finally, on the very last day, a couple of minutes after the challenge expired, I received notice that I had lost!

It surprised the heck out of me, so I sent the person a PM. He/she replied and said they had a horrible fear of challenges and just couldn't stand to take the one generated by me. They just about let it go by, but finally decided that wouldn't be nice to me, so they went ahead and took it. He/she said they knew immediately they didn't have a clue, so they just randomly clicked on an answer right away. Well, it was the right answer, of course. So the "favor" they did for me was to help me lose my wager!

No hard feelings--it was her right to play the challenge anyway she wants. But, I am mystified sometimes how strange Sploofus karma can be. My advice--take the quizes and have fun! It's only a game!

Godwit  (Level: 81.2 - Posts: 435)
Tue, 4th Aug '09 12:57 AM

Yep I know. But some people have so MANY friends odds are great they will sneak up next in line.

We can spend a lot of time trying to figure the logic so we can beat the odds. But mostly, Sploofus seems to me a fun game of chance.

Madamec8  (Level: 85.9 - Posts: 897)
Tue, 4th Aug '09 2:12 AM

On the other hand ... if the one you're challenging hasn't been on in a few months ... it really takes the pressure off, eh?

Godwit  (Level: 81.2 - Posts: 435)
Tue, 4th Aug '09 2:19 AM

Right!! When I first joined Sploofus I challenged the long absent all the time! lol. It's of course easier to do that when you are near the bottom in points.

I AM scared of those first page people. I mean, THEY take a Challenge incredibly seriously. I guess it's the massive points, and little bit of hard earned change in standing, at stake.

You can always lose most of your points, drop to the bottom, and from there, Showdowns are a breeze.

Didb72  (Level: 222.2 - Posts: 243)
Tue, 4th Aug '09 4:00 AM

I have got butterflies in my stomach everytime i take a TQOTD, I let you imagine what happens when it is trivia showdown.

Wordster  (Level: 167.7 - Posts: 938)
Tue, 4th Aug '09 5:53 AM

Yes, showdowns are nerve-wracking. I'm in the middle of a battle with Bev. She won the first one via a wild guess which she told me very apologetically. The second was a stalemate. There will be a third if she is still above me!

Kaufman  (Level: 269.9 - Posts: 3941)
Tue, 4th Aug '09 6:42 AM

Nothing to add here, just hopefully subtracting the italic type.

Bigbird  (Level: 250.3 - Posts: 3348)
Tue, 4th Aug '09 7:01 AM

I've been here over 3 years now, and only once used a showdown token - and, of course, I lost. I do terribly on showdowns. I can feel my blood pressure going up. I get heart palpitations. The page starts swimming in front of my eyes.

Now, I can get the same question as a TQOTD and do just fine with it. But knowing there's a time issue with a showdown knocks everything out of me. I actually get a lot calmer when the same person challenges me over and over since I just figure I'm going to lose - so on the rare occasion when I actually win, it's very exciting.

And even if I was calm about these things - right now Ken is above me, so there's no way. With my luck, I'd get some mathematically based question.

Tresayre  (Level: 82.0 - Posts: 362)
Tue, 4th Aug '09 8:22 AM

Well I'm glad its not just me...
I don't know if I'd be able to challenge anyone, I get heart palpatations when I get challenged... and I know I'm being ridiculous, but I just can't stop the feeling!
I often know the answer, but I'm way too slow. When I get a showdown from someone, I usually leave it a couple of days until I'm brave enough to answer!
A couple of weeks ago I had 3 in a row... too Much!

Pennwoman  (Level: 163.1 - Posts: 2475)
Tue, 4th Aug '09 8:49 AM

Feel free to challenge me, I am on the worst streak of my sploofus life, I have NO idea what is wrong with me, on the rare chance that I pick the correct answer, the challenger is faster, at some not to distant date, I had DOUBLE of the points I have now!

Oldcougar  (Level: 229.6 - Posts: 1935)
Tue, 4th Aug '09 9:20 AM

I feel the same way when I get challenged & though I often get them right I'm usually too slow. Funny, when I wager the max I don't get near as nervous. I think some of our computer systems or Internet connections might be a problem with the time. No matter how fast I hit the button I can't get under 5 sec. or is that point 5, whatever, it often seems the timer is a lot slower than I actually was. I rarely challenge anybody because I can't handle the queasy feeling, the loss of points is secondary

Asor  (Level: 162.7 - Posts: 595)
Tue, 4th Aug '09 9:27 AM

I recently discovered Showdowns and have gone from 1MM to nearly 15MM in a little over a month. What fun! It is nervewracking, though! Yesterday, I waited until one Showdown was credited to my account so as to avoid challenging someone with a very high victory percentage. Didn't say I wasn't a little bit chicken

Allena  (Level: 268.6 - Posts: 1414)
Tue, 4th Aug '09 10:54 AM

Wagers are what gets me. Sweaty palms, a whole gallon of water. Best way to lose weight. It is wonderful, like making a grand slam, when we can get so high on so little. When we lose, nobody got hurt, we weren't maimed and we start anew, just like we were when we began the challenge. Sounds like good advice but who is gonna take it? The next one will still be sweaty palms. Good!

Spacecat  (Level: 165.1 - Posts: 676)
Tue, 4th Aug '09 12:16 PM

I do it, so remember if you challenge me and others have done it to me. The showdown will sit there till the last day sometimes the last hour, unless my favorite category comes up and I will do the showdown hoping for more points to "vote the max'. No disrespect is intended. Just seems like I do better when I play it that way.

Asor  (Level: 162.7 - Posts: 595)
Tue, 4th Aug '09 1:09 PM

Now I'm confused (not an unusual occurrence of late). Spacecat, how do you know what the category will be?

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