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Farroz  (Level: 90.5 - Posts: 40)
Tue, 4th Oct '05 11:56 AM


Am I the only one who feels guilty after winning a trivia showdown? Whenever I am challanged and I win I always feel guilty for taking the other person points. I mean I am happy that I won, but at the same time I feel bad since I didnt have to wager anything.


Flybybethy  (Level: 136.6 - Posts: 155)
Tue, 4th Oct '05 12:17 PM

What if you could challenge someone, and if they accept the challenge you could agree on the points wagered? Some people might not want to lose what could be a large percentage of their points, but may want to give up a smaller amount (which could still be a decent number of points?) More people may engage in Showdowns if the points weren't pre-determined. Just a thought--although it would complicate things.
I feel bad, too, when I win showdowns, and I'm hesitant to challenge now because I finally broke a million points.

Violetblue  (Level: 112.2 - Posts: 853)
Tue, 4th Oct '05 12:23 PM

Yes, I feel a bit bad about it but they knew the risks when they challenged you. I have an outstanding challenge right now (I'm waiting for her to respond). If she wins, I'll be bummed but I knew that was a possibility when I extended the challenge.

Skillet66  (Level: 83.5 - Posts: 210)
Tue, 4th Oct '05 1:26 PM

I don't feel guilty if i win a showdown-that's because they challenge me.I have never challenged anyone and probably won't.I sometimes get mad when someone in Level 20 something challenges me(a pitiful,weak then Level 4).I understand we get the same question from my level of play-but i still feel inferior.I have worked for my points and feel if they need to overtake my position on the leaderboard-they need to work a bit too,instead of making their points off of showdowns.But alot of people do this,but i do not feel comfortable doing it...

Jepolito1  (Level: 36.9 - Posts: 18)
Tue, 4th Oct '05 2:23 PM

So I was feeling cool. I finally hit the top 500, and then I got cocky. I have lost FOUR showdowns in the past week and a half. I was 100% winner of showdowns before that.

No more top 500 for me, no more feeling cool or cocky. I just feel like a big loser, but the people who won shouldn't feel bad because I challenged them in many of the cases--trying to win points, being a big greedy Sploofuser!

I swear I won't do it when I get another token, but I probably will. It's a problem--I'm dealing with it.

Eksimba  (Level: 29.0 - Posts: 155)
Tue, 4th Oct '05 2:52 PM

So, Jenn (jepolito1), if you do end up winning points, would you consider that "working for the points"?

Or, would you consider winning points off of showdowns as some sort of easy way of getting points, as Martha (skillet66) does?

Personally, I find it tough work to get points that way. Much tougher, and therefore more rewarding, than even the Trivia Question of the Day.

As for feeling guilty if I win a showdown initiated by somebody else... No, I don't feel guilty. It's all part of the game. They challenged me of their own free will, after all.

I also like that I don't have to feel guilty by challenging somebody else, since they have nothing to lose. For the record, I've initiated approximately 6 times as many challenges as I've received. So no, I don't feel guilty at all. It's part of what makes sploofus fun.

- Eric

Lettermanfan1  (Level: 88.3 - Posts: 486)
Tue, 4th Oct '05 5:49 PM

I never feel guilty about it. I've been beat quite often when I've done the challenging, and frankly, I don't get challenged enough to worry about it. Seems most of the people right below me on the leaderboard either don't use their tokens, or they challenge on a category I'm not signed up for.

  (Level: . - Posts: 56)
Tue, 4th Oct '05 6:33 PM   [ edit ]

You must be joking...I have challenged 4 times ...and lost 4 times don,t feel a bit guilty....the defenders had nothing to lose and all to gain if they won and considering there are players on here that would jump in your grave if given the chance .....NO GUILT HERE....Welcome to the adventure of sploofus...I am like Eskimba....I enjoy the challenge...If there was no challenge WHO the hell would be bothered to even go there??I just went from number 60 to 75 , no problem I,ll be back ....Just takes patience.... Have you ever heard the saying "a rose is a rose but by any other name is still a rose , thorns and all!!!! By the way the people I challenged lost nothing I was the loser all the way.. Respectfully......Magnolia1

Skillet66  (Level: 83.5 - Posts: 210)
Tue, 4th Oct '05 6:39 PM   [ edit ]

Eric,i never said it was easy -it's the big difference of working your butt off on word rounds,word puzzles,and quizzes or winning it all at one time on a showdown-but of course,this is my opinion and many others may not feel this way-that's ok too

Eksimba  (Level: 29.0 - Posts: 155)
Tue, 4th Oct '05 7:20 PM   [ edit ]

Well, then, we should take away the Question of the Day wagers, too, because you can earn many more points that way than all other methods combined, including the showdowns.

Not that I want that to happen, though. I personally think it's a lot easier to gain a bunch of points doing wordrounds than showdowns... The real "work" is challenging somebody and winning. (Dial-up users excepted, as they're at a disadvantage to begin with.)

Avoiding the challenges is the easy way, imho.

Skillet66  (Level: 83.5 - Posts: 210)
Tue, 4th Oct '05 7:36 PM   [ edit ]

eric,you are right, of course. I have yet to wager on those also.But, i do not think they should be done away with-never!!I just choose not to bet on things,but i do understand the fact that other people do and enjoy it.

Farroz  (Level: 90.5 - Posts: 40)
Tue, 4th Oct '05 7:37 PM   [ edit ]

I guess I am. LOL


Skillet66  (Level: 83.5 - Posts: 210)
Tue, 4th Oct '05 7:49 PM   [ edit ]

I am just downright chicken! Scares the everliving crap out of me when somebody challenges me .I break out in a cold sweat-it's just a mental thing probably...

Pandorazbox80  (Level: 26.6 - Posts: 61)
Tue, 4th Oct '05 10:16 PM   [ edit ]

If it's a mental thing, you're not the only who has it. I do, too, if only because every time I'm challenged, I start thinking, "Oh, crap, please let them know less than me! Please let them be on dialup too! Please please please..."

Kantcan  (Level: 15.1 - Posts: 11)
Wed, 5th Oct '05 1:37 AM   [ edit ]

I know what all of you mean about the dial-up/showdown issue. There have been two where I knew the answer and began to preen. Because I'm on dial-up, I had time to start being proud of myself before the screen loaded that told me I had lost by a few seconds. One day I will be able to afford high speed....As for the initial issue, I've never felt guilty for any showdown I've initiated, or any launched against me. It's all part of the game, and everything works out in the end.

Lakerkobe  (Level: 18.2 - Posts: 31)
Wed, 5th Oct '05 6:02 PM   [ edit ]

Being challenged? What is that?

I have made 8 challenges to date (I am a newbie) and have won 6 and had 2 end in a stalemate.

However, not once have I been challenged. SUCKS!

Troypassion  (Level: 69.5 - Posts: 60)
Thu, 6th Oct '05 3:00 PM   [ edit ]

The only time I've ever felt guilty doing showdowns was when I went on a little spree of doing one a day after saving up quite a few, and then realised that I'd done 4 in a row against the same person! I didn't want the player involved to feel persecuted so I sent a lil message to say sorry. The player responded very sweetly and since then I have found them to be a very friendly individual with a lot of good sense on their shoulders.

To the point of my post: please take this small moral tale to comfort all of you who feel guilty. You may feel as if you're being nasty when all you're actually doing is sowing the seed for a beautiful friendship.

Counsellor Passion signing off )

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