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Fri, 25th Aug '06 1:13 AM


We are all familiar with Showdown tokens and the Showdown system.

Starting in September, you will be able to place a Showdown challenge against the Sploofuser of your choice (regardless of their leaderboard position) from within WordRounds and WordMatches.

After placing the WordRound/WordMatch challenge, you will be presented with a consecutive series of 2 WordRounds and 2 WordMatches. Your average accuracy and time will be recorded. The person that you challenge will the receive a notification via Sploofus Messaging. If the player accepts the challenge, he/she will receive the same series of WordRounds and WordMatches - EVEN INCLUDING THE EXACT SAME WORDS AND DEFINITIONS.

The traditional showdown challenge rules will govern this new type of challenge.

Hopefully, this will help some players use that accumulation of Showdown tokens that you have.

Just think:
Chickfbref vs. Eesusbejeesus.
Aimee12 vs. Valedc4.
Tazmaniac72 vs. Queentxf.
Ehodgson vs. Alaskan 420.

And here is the fun part:

After 16 challenges have been placed, Sploofus will begin automatically entering the 16 winners into the playoffs. The challenges will be scheduled, and the winners posted in the playoff chart. The 8 victors will proceed to the semi-finals, and the 4 emerging contestants will be entered into "The Finals".

The 2 individuals who escape the Finals with their sanity intact, will then move on to the Championship Showdown. With the winner being congratulated on "The Sploofus Show", a monthly streaming video coming soon to

Of course, as with the tradional Showdown challenge system, all players can elect not to participate if they are challenged, with no penalty.

It's all coming together now!

This same type of game will then be applied to the traditional trivia Showdown challenges. And here is the news that everyone has been waiting to hear:

Observers and non-participants will have the ability to WAGER POINTS on their "favorite contestant". An algorithm will even be developed using every players Sploofus historical statistics to provide point bets with odds!

(Of course, 10,000,000 Sploofus Points and $1.95 will buy you a cup of coffee)

This will be great fun.

Happy Sploofusing!

Alaskan420  (Level: 69.0 - Posts: 191)
Fri, 25th Aug '06 1:28 AM

Thank you,thank you, thank you oh Sploofus God,you have bestowed upon us exactly what I was lookin for,I love this idea.

Charlemange  (Level: 55.9 - Posts: 42)
Fri, 25th Aug '06 2:15 AM

Wow. The mind boggles as to how this is going to work, but it sounds very cool.

Baggiob  (Level: 143.2 - Posts: 888)
Fri, 25th Aug '06 2:28 AM

Is it going to be a case of if you have been challenged and then lose you won't lose any points? just like a show down?

Markieboy  (Level: 263.0 - Posts: 198)
Fri, 25th Aug '06 5:24 AM

Bring it on bigtime!

Pafork  (Level: 132.0 - Posts: 536)
Fri, 25th Aug '06 1:20 PM

This sounds so fun!

I was wondering though...if you can challenge anyone, won't there be people challenging
that they're almost sure to beat? You never know for sure, but there are people who always
place ahead of me in WRs and people I usually place ahead of...and then there are people who don't
play. They don't have to accept of course, but then the challenger will automatically "win" right?

I'd think most of the WR regulars would want the fun of a real challenge, but...for some people couldn't
this system just be endless easy points?

Not sure if there would be a remedy for this anyway, since it wouldn't be nearly as fun if you could
only challenge the person directly above you...

Can't wait to see it in action!

Missashlee  (Level: 125.6 - Posts: 543)
Fri, 25th Aug '06 1:29 PM

Since the challenge is from "within" WRs and WMs, maybe there is some limitations.

But, hey, sounds like all the first challenge can do is get you into a bracket with the tough competition!

This will be fun to watch!

Brunosexy77  (Level: 68.3 - Posts: 215)
Fri, 25th Aug '06 1:36 PM

thank you i love this idea.

Marynuala  (Level: 135.7 - Posts: 994)
Fri, 25th Aug '06 2:21 PM

A stroke of genius Justin! Congratulations for this brilliant idea, and thank you.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3641)
Fri, 25th Aug '06 2:28 PM

Oh how positively evil!

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Fri, 25th Aug '06 4:22 PM

This looks very challenging and will certainly add a whole new dimension to Word Rounds!
What an inventive idea, well done Justin!


Charlemange  (Level: 55.9 - Posts: 42)
Fri, 25th Aug '06 4:29 PM

After reading the description of what you've got in mind again this afternoon, the only concern I have concerns being able to challenge anyone.

There are a half-dozen players who are consistently top-echelon in WRs (if they show up, they're top-three), and then there's another, say, couple dozen or so who typically fill out the top fifteen over the course of any given day. (Exceptions and flukes notwithstanding.)

So let's be generous and say that's about 40 people who are at least pretty good at WRs. Out of 13,153 Sploofusers, that's not much. This scheme could be a real point bank for some players (and the people who know enough to bet on them).

I have no doubt whatsoever that you've got this angle covered somehow, but I had to at least mention it.

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Fri, 25th Aug '06 4:41 PM

Charles, it seems a good incentive for folks to try harder at Word Rounds, and possibly go Gold to gain extra turns?
Lotsa practice and a fast recognition of key words is needed to get really speedy, ....a good high-speed connection doesn't do any harm either!


Missgeorge  (Level: 63.0 - Posts: 388)
Fri, 25th Aug '06 6:47 PM

This is a brilliant plan, but, as a member of the webtv contingent, I guess I will be betting on my favorite sploofuser because I can never keep up speed wise.

Charlemange  (Level: 55.9 - Posts: 42)
Fri, 25th Aug '06 7:01 PM

True, but Bev, there are a lot of people who only come to the site once a week or less, and just don't care to learn about WRs or anything past the occasional quiz. (Their loss and all, but still.) And then there are the people who just aren't all that proficient at WRs (or WMs or whatever) or who have connections that leave them unable to compete with the Queens and Tazzes of the world.

There are more than enough of these people that a few people's numbers could get really fat off of these people. Without some sort of corrective algorithm or something, it could get ugly.

Missashlee  (Level: 125.6 - Posts: 543)
Fri, 25th Aug '06 8:01 PM

I don't know, Charlemange.

If it's average accuracy and time, as Sploofus stated, and ranking is accuracy first, time second (like it is know in the WRs and WMs), then accuracy will win out.

What if A gets 100% average on all four tries with a 50 sec average time, and B misses one question and gets 98% average with a 20 sec average time, A may be the winner!

I challenged someone once who had a Music and Musicians badge (when we had badges) and I didn't have one. Odds were in his favor, but the Music question we got was one I knew and he didn't, so I won the challenge.

What will the algorithm be? Only Sploofus knows.....

Charlemange  (Level: 55.9 - Posts: 42)
Fri, 25th Aug '06 9:01 PM

Oh, absolutely. Like I said, I have no doubt that it'll work out so it's fair. But the thing about the challenge questions as they are right now is that you're challenging someone who's at least nominally as "good" as (or at least has the same points as) you. If you can challenge anyone at all, I'll spend all my time trolling the 11,000's for cheap pointage.

Again, I'm sure there'll be something to either discourage or minimize that kind of predatorship.

Lilirishmc  (Level: 37.0 - Posts: 17)
Fri, 25th Aug '06 9:26 PM

TIME, TIME, TIME..... I'd be up a few million points and a level 50 to 60 if TIME wasn't so important. Once again, I have to mention the excellent trivia buffs that suffer one handicap or another. I am damn good, but the Parkinson's slows me down a wee bit..and nuts to those of you that do not care. Let's pray you don't fall off a horse as did Christopher Reeves.

Kravfighter  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 563)
Fri, 25th Aug '06 11:01 PM

As showdowns are right now, if someone challenges but the challengee doesn't respond, the challenger ends up winning the challenge - right? Maybe Sploofus needs to make it that a no-response with this kind of challenge equals a stalemate with no points won or lost. That would take care of taking advantage of those who do not have the speed or the time to do well on the WRs. And if someone has no interest in the WRs they can always decline/ignore the challenge. That would certainly make it interesting and very important who you select to challenge.

Larrybus  (Level: 310.6 - Posts: 383)
Fri, 25th Aug '06 11:43 PM

I think Kravfighter's suggestion is excellent. As was said earlier in this thread, there is only a relative handful of competitive or even active WR/WM players vs probably over 12,000 non-players. Acceptance of a challenge should be completely optional, with no reward for challengers looking for slam dunk victories.

Phitzy1  (Level: 66.4 - Posts: 873)
Sat, 26th Aug '06 11:50 AM


Sat, 26th Aug '06 12:30 PM

Sorry to chime in so late.

All of these things have already been taken into consideration.

Don't worry about the nuiances, I have the bases covered!


Baggiob  (Level: 143.2 - Posts: 888)
Fri, 1st Sep '06 2:57 AM

Has this already started (it is the 1st of september) i dont have any showdown tokens so i cant try it. unless someone wants to challenge me??????????
Just so we can see what it is like is there anyone who reads this who fancies it challenge me please

Joanneeberlin  (Level: 185.9 - Posts: 686)
Sat, 2nd Sep '06 8:30 AM

Perhaps an option for an exemption if people do not want to participate or be challenged.....just a thought.

Mystic13  (Level: 44.8 - Posts: 89)
Fri, 8th Sep '06 5:32 AM

Has anybody issued a challenge yet? Would like to know what is the experinece like?

Mystic13  (Level: 44.8 - Posts: 89)
Wed, 13th Sep '06 6:23 AM

Can someone provide an update as to whether this feature is now in effect, and how does it actually work? I am not too certain about the mechanics...can you actually use your showdown tokens and choose your opponent?

Sat, 16th Sep '06 10:42 AM

I am still working on this new feature, and will broadcast a message to everyone's message box when it is ready.


Baggiob  (Level: 143.2 - Posts: 888)
Sat, 16th Sep '06 10:44 AM

THank you and keep up the good work

Geophile  (Level: 162.1 - Posts: 1523)
Sun, 17th Sep '06 7:15 PM

The whole idea is totally cool!

Lilirishmc  (Level: 37.0 - Posts: 17)
Wed, 11th Oct '06 5:37 PM

WOW !! This is the first I've heard about this... today, the 11th of October!! hmmmm I just didn't realize how much time I've spent in hospitals, because I always had my trusty laptop.... or was so full of meds making me sleep. This is a fantastic idea!!

Sat, 14th Oct '06 2:22 AM

Bumping this message up to stay it is STILL under development.

Mataya2005  (Level: 65.1 - Posts: 24)
Thu, 5th Apr '07 11:38 PM

What ever happened to this?

Smeans  (Level: 109.2 - Posts: 301)
Fri, 13th Apr '07 8:09 PM

A free for all on Sunday with player vs players matches becoming that what you are hinting at?? but alas I have to work Sunday and won't know what is going on until I get home....I shall threaten Rob to NOT tell me and let me log on and see for myself.


Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2500)
Mon, 7th May '07 7:00 PM

How many days after the time runs out does the results of a challenge show up. It timed out two days ago. Is this normal. And more importantly did Oogie ride his bike to Philly?

Kaufman  (Level: 260.4 - Posts: 3936)
Mon, 7th May '07 7:09 PM

That's not abnormal. If you wake up tomorrow without a message of Showdown resolution, then it's probably time to put together a support ticket.

And no, Oogie flew to Philadelphia.

Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Mon, 7th May '07 8:19 PM

And boy are his arms tired!

Kaufman  (Level: 260.4 - Posts: 3936)
Mon, 7th May '07 9:01 PM

But that's another story, entirely.

Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2011)
Tue, 8th May '07 12:05 AM

Bwahahaha Ken...that made me spit pop out my nose.


Texlewee  (Level: 34.1 - Posts: 601)
Wed, 9th May '07 9:51 AM

Insert Rimshot Here...

Kimoira  (Level: 205.5 - Posts: 1191)
Wed, 12th Sep '07 5:31 PM

Is this still on the docket for when 2.0 goes online?


Texlewee  (Level: 34.1 - Posts: 601)
Wed, 19th Sep '07 9:16 PM

You mean IF 2.0 goes on line?

9/19/2007 - 5 months 4 days since Sploofus 2.0 "released"

Larrybus  (Level: 310.6 - Posts: 383)
Thu, 20th Sep '07 12:32 AM

Microsoft, with thousands of highly-paid, full-time programmers and developers, is traditionally several months late with each new version of Windows and those late releases still have serious flaws and bugs which aren't addressed at least until the first Service Pack six or more months later. By those standards, Sploofus, with exactly one part-time, unpaid programmer-developer-jack-of-all-trades, is doing just fine.

It would be nice to get occasional updates on 2.0 with more realistic timelines, though. Maybe even some partial beta releases of isolated components to speed up development and keep the more impatient members occupied.

BTW, it's good to see that you're still around, Tex. You've been way too quiet for a long time now.

Gypsylady  (Level: 143.6 - Posts: 6064)
Thu, 20th Sep '07 4:49 AM

I, too, am still looking forward to a realistic update on the Beta 2.0 release. Don't know if a partial of it could be released ahead of time, but it would be nice. I know Justin that you are busy, but it sure seems like a long time when you're waiting for something you're looking forward to. Sorry, guess that's the kid in me.


1mks  (Level: 213.7 - Posts: 5908)
Fri, 21st Sep '07 11:53 AM

Oh Fabulous! Another way for me to lose points. LOL

Kimoira  (Level: 205.5 - Posts: 1191)
Fri, 21st Sep '07 3:04 PM

I know- I'm not sure about the wager idea but I do like the showdown idea between different groups of people. It would add a little more variety to the matches and it would be fun!

Bravegator  (Level: 152.0 - Posts: 428)
Sat, 22nd Sep '07 9:19 PM

At first this looked like an oiginal post from Justin in August of 2007. Looking at the later dates, was it actually posted in 2006????

Missashlee  (Level: 125.6 - Posts: 543)
Sun, 23rd Sep '07 12:33 AM

Yes, 'Chelle. You got it. Still, it sounds like a fun idea.

Can we have a year on the posts? Would be instructive, but not necessarily more fun ... like, it is now asynchronous. Makes us wonder when we are ....

Sun, 23rd Sep '07 12:43 PM

Hey gator,

I've added the year to the headers so that you can answer your own question...


Buchanan  (Level: 81.3 - Posts: 339)
Thu, 5th Mar '09 2:59 PM

thanks Justin,sounds great. buchanan

Kimoira  (Level: 205.5 - Posts: 1191)
Thu, 5th Mar '09 4:42 PM

Wow I forgot all about this. If only...

Dyenamite  (Level: 49.6 - Posts: 669)
Wed, 6th May '09 10:46 PM

Did this great idea ever get off the ground? What is the update on its status? Cheers.

Alvandy  (Level: 233.0 - Posts: 7603)
Thu, 7th May '09 7:45 PM

The idea got off the ground but gravity pulled it back.
Sir Isaac Newton has been consulted about a solution.

Rhayader  (Level: 94.0 - Posts: 59)
Sat, 5th Dec '09 10:53 AM

Wow! I would love to see this feature return. Any chance?

1mks  (Level: 213.7 - Posts: 5908)
Sun, 6th Dec '09 9:27 PM

Return????????? It was never here.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Wed, 9th Dec '09 8:10 PM

It seems to me that I remember once, a LONG time ago, everyone let 2 people challenge each other one hour. Everyone else just kind of stayed away so they could do so. Anyone else remember that, or did I dream it? It would have been at least 3 years ago, if not almost 4.

Kimoira  (Level: 205.5 - Posts: 1191)
Thu, 10th Dec '09 8:08 AM

No Janice you weren't dreaming. I recall it being between Chickie and Slickie or Alaskan and Stout or maybe all, but I don't remember the outcome. Sure was fun tho'

Kaufman  (Level: 260.4 - Posts: 3936)
Thu, 10th Dec '09 6:53 PM

That wasn't a Justin- or editor-organized event, but rather something set up by players, particularly Chick, in the forums and the shout. As I recall, she wanted to take on everyone infected with a Y-chromosome ...

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