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  1. Jeremy A

    LDS Trivia and Puzzles

    Hello, fellow LDS Trivia and Puzzles players: This crisis is draining, but we'll get through it with an adjusted normal returning. Hang in there. It's difficult to determine an exact time to hold a trivia game. Personally, Sunday is the perfect day, but games can occur on other days of the week. Monday is Family Home Evening, and people also work during the day. When I first did this over 20 years ago, it was a Friday evening and other days I can't remember. Having said that, I'll try having people contact me on when to have a game. It may seem silly to schedule an appointment for a trivia game, but that may be what it takes to get games going. Reply to this post with days and times that work well for you. When requesting times, it's best to put your time zone, and I can adjust it to match; however, if there's no time zone specified, I'll assume it's my time, which is PDT (Pacific Daylight Time). For those outside the United States and Canada, please give me the nearest major city in your country in the same time zone. This allows me to look up how it differs from mine and adjust it. Now, something else to consider is that trivia games can be more fun with more than one player. If possible, gather as many people as possible and share this post, too. The last game I had a game was back in August of 2018. One person came to play and then found someone else to play with him. Actually, he found two with one leaving early. The game still takes place on channel #lds_trivia on DALnet, an Internet Relay Chat network that's been around since the 1990s and the location of the first version of this game. Please see the website for more details. One thing I will do is hang out in the channel when I'm available. If someone comes, I can start a game on the fly. Finally, as for updates, I did a lot of work on the website and some aspects of the game. I even worked on updating the script for my mailing list and tested it by signing up. It works. If it doesn't, let me know with as much information as possible. Worst case scenario, I can sign you up manually when you send me an email.
  2. Hello, fellow LDS Trivia and Puzzles players: Today, I worked on the website, including changing the graphics and increasing the font size. I even made sure subscribing to the mailing lists works by signing up myself. I hope to have a game this week, but the trouble is determining a time. I hope to keep it simple. If I'm available, I'll hang out in the channel. Remember that I'm on Pacific Daylight Time. If people show up on DALnet in channel #lds_trivia, I can start a game. I have appointments tomorrow, and it's Family Home Evening, so there won't be a game. Tuesday is open right now, but I may get called to work. Stop by when you're available, and I hope to be there when you do.
  3. Hello, fellow LDS Trivia and Puzzles players: I tested the script as much as possible, but I am thinking of adding a random aspect to a question's point value. After testing the random bonuses, I liked that the point values weren't always divisible by 50. I'm mentioning this in case anyone had thoughts about that. Anyway, I still don't have a main job, and I am on call at my second job. Each day, I'll hang out on DALnet in channel #lds_trivia. If any people show up, I'll start a game. There will only be one game this week if one happens, but you're welcome to hang out in the channel. Anyway, see the website for more information on how to get to the game.
  4. Hello, fellow trivia players: For the past week or so, I made some changes to the LDS Trivia and Puzzles game, and I want to have a full game before the quarantine ends. I don't work tomorrow, so for those that are able, a game will start anytime between 1 PM and 7 PM. It's on DALnet in channel #lds_trivia. Please see website for more information. I only have one job while looking for a replacement to my main job, so I'm on call at work in case they need me. If you go to the channel and not see me there, they called me for work. The updates to the script are too numerous for me to remember, and they're minor tweaks. I changed how information appears, tweaked the code to be more efficient, and removed bugs.
  5. Hello, fellow trivia players: I hope to have a session of LDS Trivia and Puzzles tomorrow evening at 6:30 PM Pacific Daylight Time, 9:30 PM Eastern. It's in the same place as before: #lds_trivia on DALnet. If I don't have a game then, I hope to have one Sunday at around 1 PM Pacific Daylight Time, 4 PM Eastern. See you then. I made some updates to the game and even the script. Here are some highlights: I increased the random level bonus from 50 points to 25%, added a 10% bonus for random category, and 40% for both. I hope this gives players an incentive to try those. It adds more difficulty. Decreased educated guess points from one-fifth to one-tenth. Some of those questions are hard to guess, and I want to give bigger incentives when players get them right. Did a major update to the full rules page on the website. Please let me know if you try to sign up for mailing lists and are unable to do so. I don't know if they work or not, because no one has signed up.
  6. Jeremy A

    LDS Trivia and Puzzles

    I should have posted this yesterday or the day before or something. Oh, well. Anyway, how about I try again to have an LDS Trivia and Puzzles Game online this week? I'll put the official start time at 12:30 PM Pacific, 3:30 PM Eastern, but I can start it as late as 6:00 PM Pacific. Let's have some fun. See the game's website for more information. There wasn't a game last week, and it was a good thing. I had some bugs in the script that I fixed. I don't want to have players waiting while I debugged the script.
  7. Hello, everyone. I know it's been a while since the last attempt to have a game of LDS Trivia and Puzzles. I work six days a week, which means I couldn't decide on when to have a trivia game. However, . . . since the church suspended services, I think tomorrow (Sunday) is a great day to have a trivia game. It's going to be earlier than usual: 1 PM Pacific, 4 PM Eastern. It will be in the same place as before: #lds_trivia on DALnet. See the game's website. The game can start late but must start before 5:30 PM due to waking up early for work Monday. If you are outside the states and want to play, I suggest looking up the time in Seattle compared to where you're located. We are in daylight savings, but not everyone participates. I have worked on many changes since the last game. I won't go through them here, but they're on the game's website.
  8. Hello, potential trivia players: There's illness abound in my area, and since I couldn't go to church today, I thought it great to host a game of LDS Trivia and Puzzles. I am in the #lds_trivia channel on DALnet through IRC for a game until about 7 PM Pacific. I'm going to script test and play until one or more shows up to play. I made many changes since the last post, so I thought I would go over a few of them: Increased point values for puzzles. The objective is for players to solve the puzzle as fast as possible. The value still decreases with each letter revealed. Further, its value appears in the channel, so players can see how it decreases. Increased point values for questions. Having two... point values for level one questions weren't enough, because it's difficult to ascertain toughness. Players' scores appear as the game progresses, allowing them to see how they're doing. When awarding points for questions, players' scores display after awarding all points to avoid confusion. Word scrambles now have two hints at the 40 and 20-second mark. The script will show the first letter of each word, and then display a hint to help people solve them. Revamped jackpot to give more entries based on question point values with a greater chance for the player that posts first. Added Scripture category. If players can find the answer in any of the standard works, it appears. Finally, I reset the stats page to allow a new accrual of high scores after moving the current one to the end of its page.
  9. Okay, I now have two jobs, working six days a week. This changes the options to two days a week: weekends. The week of 22 Sep has two days: Sunday, which is today, and Saturday, the 28th. The time is still 6 PM Pacific, 9 PM Eastern. Information on how to get to the game is on its website. I made changes to the script to show players' scores virtually every time they score points. It's not perfect yet, but it's a start. I hope to see you then.
  10. This is short, short notice, but there is a game tonight at 6 to 7 PM Pacific, 9 - 10 PM Eastern. It's in the usual place with the details on the website. Furthermore, there is one other day available this week if a game doesn't happen tonight: Saturday at the same time. I don't want to run out of questions so quickly, AND I want there to be more of a variety. It will take a while to get loads of questions, but it will be fun to create them. I hope to see someone then. I changed the point values of puzzles with the hope that players will guess fewer letters and, especially vowels. The value starts at 2500, plus 4000, and minus 500 for each word but not below 3500. 2500 is for each letter in the alphabet, but 2600 doesn't seem right. Each letter guessed decreases its value by 100 and then the value of each letter. Vowels take 600 points away from the value. Additionally, the value of the puzzle is always shown after the puzzle when displayed. Players do not see their scores as the game progresses except at the end of every round. Other trivia games show the scores when players get correct answers. For right now, players will see their scores privately when they get points for correct answers. I haven't finished this feature yet.
  11. (Thanks to the admins that allow me to post these notices, but I would like help in spreading the word to get players.) I know this isn't much notice, but this is the only day available this week. Anyway, I hope to have a game of LDS Trivia and Puzzles sometime between 6 PM and 7 PM Pacific tonight. Information on how to get to the game is on its website. I hope to see someone there. I made an update to the script. I programmed the script to give hints for word scrambles and expand the time to 60 seconds. The first hint gives the first letters of each word, and the second hint gives a clue to the word or phrase but cuts the points in half. I hope this makes it easier for players.
  12. I hope to have a game session either tonight or tomorrow at 6 PM Pacific, 9 PM Eastern. Information on how to get to the game are on its website. If you have any questions, please ask. I hope someone else may have the same problem. I've added a bunch of questions and even some puzzles.
  13. (I forgot about Stake Conference, so I'm moving the game to tomorrow, Monday, or Tuesday. One more day to look up answers to the three questions.) Okay, the next game session of LDS Trivia and Puzzles is on the 18th, 19th, or 20th at 6 PM Pacific, 9 PM Eastern. For information on how to get to the game, go to its website. I'm going to try this again by posting three completely random pre-game questions. Rack your brains to come up with the answers, but do not post them here. Come to the game, and players will get their chance. I suggest storing the answers in a text file using one line per question. When prompted, post the answers in the game. Earn points. Look up answers. Anyway, here are the questions: Is the following from the M) Book of Mormon or the B) Bible? "And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation; a foundation whereon if men build, they cannot fall." Book of Mormon: "All of the following were righteous men . . . EXCEPT A) Jared, B) Abinadi, C) Lehi, or D) Gadianton?" Is the Kyiv Ukraine Temple within its city limits?
  14. I hope to do a game of LDS Trivia and Puzzles tonight. Since it's short notice and close to the regular start time, I'll move it to no later than 8 pm Pacific. Having two people would be ideal, but one works. It's the same location as before: channel #lds_trivia on DALnet. More information available on the website. If a game doesn't happen tonight, I will have one on Saturday night and will post the time and initial questions. If you have any questions about how to get to the game, please let me know.
  15. The next game of LDS Trivia and Puzzles will be tonight, Friday, 2 Jul at 6 PM Pacific, 9 PM Eastern. It is at the same location as before. More information is on the website: http://www.ldstrivia.org/. I'm going to try something and do pre-game questions here instead of mailing list only. Here's how it works. I'll post three completely random questions from my database. Rack your brain to come up with the answers, including looking them up. Do NOT answer these in a comment. I won't count it. Now, save the answers somewhere in a text file. Go to the game's location and wait for the game to start. When prompted, paste the answers to these questions. Whoever gets them correct in one shot gets points. Unfortunately, I will not post the answers to these questions here or any message board. If we play a game, I will post the correct answers in the newsletter after the game. Finally, here are three questions: Which Latter-day Saint sang the following lyric? "The world and I, we are still waiting. Still hesitating, any dream will do." New Testament: Which two gospels talk about the fourth day of Passover, which occurs after Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem? Church History: Wilford Woodruff talks about Joseph Smith holding a meeting on a Sunday in a log schoolhouse in Kirtland. Excluding Joseph, how many people does he list by name that are in attendance? The last question is normally an educated guess question, but it will change to a regular question, because people can look it up and take more time.
  16. This is sudden with not much notice, but I want to have a game of LDS Trivia and Puzzles either tonight or tomorrow night at the usual time of 6 PM Pacific, 9 PM Eastern. The game takes place at the same location: DALnet on IRC in #lds_trivia channel. More information is on the website. I successfully moved references to the software. Unfortunately, the way it makes the HTML doesn't have the desired effect. Oh, well. Anyway, I also updated the sources in the answers themselves. I want to make it as easy as possible for people to find and even verify answers. It's also there if players want to study more about various topics.
  17. I know it's not much notice, but I'm hoping to have a game of LDS Trivia and Puzzles tonight, Sunday the 23rd, at 6 PM Pacific, 9 PM Eastern. I am done with school so that I can do other games on a different day of the week. Let me know what day. Information on how to get to the game is on its website.
  18. Okay, an opening has come up in my schedule for Sunday, 24 Mar, at the usual time of 6 PM Pacific, 9 PM Eastern. The game may start earlier if two people show, and I'm ready. I'm done with school until a week from Monday. (Boy, that's not a lot of time.) I don't know when I'll be able to have games, but I'll announce here when I'm available. IRC is an older form of chatting, but it's still great due to features the IRC client I use has. Without its scripting capabilities, I would have to use other methods. The games would last a lot longer, and it may not be as fun. I'm still writing questions, but puzzles can be the hardest to write. Writing a combination of small and large puzzles is difficult. As for other days in the week, I'll announce the day before when one or more spots open. Thank you, and I hope to see you there.
  19. Okay, I thought I posted about the game sessions this week, but I didn't. My apologies. Normally, it's Friday and Saturday in addition to Sunday, but today is a snow day. Add tonight to the mix with a start time of 6 to 7 PM Pacific, 9 to 10 PM Eastern. For more information about the game, see the game's website.
  20. Okay, next week has three days for games: Sunday, Friday, and Saturday at the same time of 6 PM Pacific, 9 PM Eastern. The first one will be today--tonight. I'll try once again and post three questions to the mailing list. If a game doesn't happen, I'll post again later in the week. See the website for details on how to get to the game.
  21. Okay, no one has responded to what time to do a game, so I'll try for a game of LDS Trivia and Puzzles either tonight or tomorrow night at 6 PM Pacific, 9 PM Eastern until about 8 PM Pacific. There's an on-time bonus for showing up at 6 PM. Hope to see you there. More details on the game's website.
  22. Okay, school is done for this year, so I hope to get one game done this coming week. After this week, I don't know when the next game will be due to personal circumstances that I won't say on Facebook. The two days is tonight on Monday and Wednesday at the same time. Remember that subscribers will get an e-mail containing three pre-game questions that can earn points at the beginning of the game. I hope to see you all there. For more information, see my website.
  23. The next game of LDS Trivia and Puzzles is tomorrow, Monday, 12 Nov, at 6 PM Pacific, 9 PM Eastern. All subscribers of the mailing list got an e-mail with three completely at random questions to answer. Only subscribers will get this. To get this message, please subscribe on the website: http://www.ldstrivia.org/. If you don't get the e-mail after subscribing, let me know. Anyone who is at the game on time will get a shot to answer those questions that won't be shown in the channel. Whoever gets the questions correct will get the points. Remember the on-time bonus still applies. I don't know if people are trying to sign up but can't due to technical problems. Let's have some fun and learn about the gospel at the same time. I hope to see you there.
  24. I thought to post when the next game is because it will be different than usual. Because I work on Sunday, I will not have a game; however, it's a school holiday on Monday so that I won't have school. I can hold a trivia game that night, which will be at the usual time of 6 PM Pacific, 9 PM Eastern. Think of this as a GREAT Family Home Evening activity for the family. I'm going to try something for this next session to get people in. First of all, whoever shows up on time to the game will get 5,000 points right off the bat. Additionally, the day before, I'll send an e-mail to all subscribers in the notify list with a reminder of the next game AND three completely random questions. I will not change the point values or mark them as used. The objective is to get people to come to the game by thinking about the questions, including looking them up. Try to answer first before looking them up, please, but I can't enforce this. The people that show up on time to the game will get the answers and points if they provide the correct answers before the game officially starts. The newsletter will contain the right answers, which is sent only when after playing a game. If you want to sign up for the notify list and/or the newsletter, please see the website, send me an e-mail, or PM me here on Facebook. If you have difficulty signing up, please let me know. I don't know if people are trying to sign up but can't due to technical problems. Let's have some fun and learn about the gospel at the same time.
  25. Okay, no one showed up during conference weekend. I'm at a loss as to what time will work for people; however, I'm not going to change the time. Due to school and actual work, I won't be able to have a game later this week, and I work next Sunday, so the next game won't be until 21 Oct at 6 PM Pacific, 9 PM Eastern. I guess IRC is just not a popular medium for chatting, or people aren't talking on-line anymore. That is a good thing. (People not talking on-line anymore is a good thing.) I'll keep trying. Edit: I forgot to post the URL for the game's website. If people want to play but can't figure out how to get to the channel to play, please drop a line by either replying here or sending me an e-mail at the website. Please give me as much information as you can, so I can help.