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Puppet138  (Level: 167.6 - Posts: 65)
Thu, 6th Oct '05 9:03 PM


Here we all were talking about showdowns and how little we seem to get them and I just got my 3rd showdown in 4 days. I won 2 and just lost the 3rd.

Tuzilla  (Level: 130.7 - Posts: 3769)
Thu, 6th Oct '05 9:13 PM

I would feel warmer and fuzzier about showdowns if I, the person risking the points, could at least pick the category for the question.

Groupw  (Level: 144.4 - Posts: 153)
Fri, 7th Oct '05 12:16 AM

Tuzilla, as much as I wish you could pick your category, I think it's more fair the way it stands. All someone would have to do is look at the challengee's profile to determine the areas that person is weak in and go for that category.
All those that want to challenge me on Broadway show tunes or , the biggest polluters of the Sploofus TV category, reality shows or Friends trivia.....ding, ding, ding, you're a winner every time.

Pandorazbox80  (Level: 26.6 - Posts: 61)
Fri, 7th Oct '05 2:55 AM

I'm just happy if my computer and dialup connection will let me answer a showdown question (or any other question, for that matter) in less than 10 seconds, especially on that rare occasion when I actually know the answer.

TTFN, Diane

Tuzilla  (Level: 130.7 - Posts: 3769)
Fri, 7th Oct '05 6:01 AM

i agrre with your point, groupw, but you still have to consider that "I" the maker of the showdown, am the only one with anything at risk. The person taking the risk should have something or control or an edge. Even in Las Vegas and other huge casinos the house has an edge on all bets. The closest thing to 50-50 chance is red/black or odd/even on roulette wheels, but there are two green spaces with a 0 and 00 that also lose, thus tipping the odds slightly against you.

Imatfaal  (Level: 96.4 - Posts: 58)
Fri, 7th Oct '05 1:32 PM

yessireebob - Tuzilla, you are a genius! - I've been trying to think of a fair solution to showdowns (ie the problem that most sploofussers think that challenging is a bad risk). Being able to chose the topic would be enough of a move towards the challenger to make it worthwhile.

Now for your next mission, should you choose to accept it, find a scoring system that is fair and representative for word puzzles.

Good Weekend to all


Groupw  (Level: 144.4 - Posts: 153)
Sat, 8th Oct '05 3:48 AM

You have a good point Tuzilla. I didn't think about the fact that the challenger is the only one risking points. Headquarters, disregard my last transmission.

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