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Offline Thomas Dorsher

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If a contestant challenges who rang in first
« on: December 28, 2008, 05:59:22 AM »
All our software senses who rang in first, but how do you handle it if a player challenges it?  Most of the time, those who challenge such are drunk people who tend to get high off of hearing themselves talk.

Here is how I proceed:  Hey guys, we aren't playing for a new car here....it's time to just have fun!  The software knows who rang in first, and no need to get your panties in a bunch!!!

The audience generally laughs and we all move on.

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Offline rob johnson

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Re: When the contestants or audience challenge who rang in first
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2008, 10:03:57 AM »
Great topic.  I find that the biggest complaint is not only who rang in first...but...."My buzzer doesn't work"

I try to head this one off by asking each player to ring in and tell us their name....before the game starts...

If they still complain...I will ask a question that only that contestant will know....like, What is contestant number 2's middle name....when they ring in I will joke that "I guess your buzzer does work" or "Hey, you were the first to ring in this time"

I take control of the situation right away.  If you don't it will be a long night.

Rob

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Re: When the contestants or audience challenge who rang in first
« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2008, 04:41:29 PM »
Yes...great posts!!  It seems like every dang night at least one person claims "my buzzer doesn't work!!".  I love the feature in trivia board 4 where you can activate the buzzers by just hitting the "A" key.  If someone claims this, I simply press the "A" key and tell them to hit their buzzer.  Then they can see that their buzzer works.  But, I like Rob's idea much better!

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Re: When the contestants or audience challenge who rang in first
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2011, 11:31:50 AM »
I didn't realise that was what the "A" key was for.
Will remember that one. Thank you

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Re: When the contestants or audience challenge who rang in first
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2011, 06:09:00 PM »
Please note that use of the 'A' key to test buzzers is not recommended.  Use the tester within File/Options 'TM-140' tab for your pre-show buzzer quick tests.

The tester works with all TM-110, 120, 130, 190, and clobber systems.

The 'A' function might work with a buzzer test, but it is designed for a different situation and not for buzzer tests.  The 'A' key is to mainly to provide a quick activation of the buzzers when a question is NOT on the screen for a spontaneous trivia question or a physical challenge of some sort.  The 'A' function is basically for a single instance, not for 10 successive instances (like testing 10 individual buzzers).  Now, the 'A' function for multiple buzzer test instances might appear to work, but in some cases Trivia Board may behave in an unexpected way thereafter. 

In summary: Use the 'Buzzers Activated' only when a question is NOT on the screen and you want to do a supplemental question over the course of the game or a spontaneous physical challenge, else use the 'Tester'.

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Re: When the contestants or audience challenge who rang in first
« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2011, 05:19:21 PM »
Actually, I try to stay away from the "FASTEST FINGER" games... I let it stay at AUTO for Trivia Board 4... then if the contestant rings in before I finish reading the question, I simply stop reading it. Then they are forced to answer a question that they don't know the rest of, or didn't hear the entire question. I think this is how the actual game "jeopardy" works, it's just that the people playing are smart enough NOT to hit it as soon as the question appears.

I've had them say "My buzzer isn't working", but thats when, between questions, I tell everyone to put their buzzers down... then I run the TM140Tester.exe file that is in the root directory of Trivia Board Pro. I just created a shortcut on my desktop to the file.

So far, this has proven to everyone using it that their buzzer is indeed working.

Hope this helped!

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Re: When the contestants or audience challenge who rang in first
« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2011, 10:13:30 AM »
I tell them if two people hit it at the same time it cancels each other out and they have to re ring not had a come back yet 8)

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Re: When the contestants or audience challenge who rang in first
« Reply #7 on: November 20, 2011, 11:43:31 AM »
If anyone is trying to interpret the darren sandy comment above, I think he is referring to our older devices that have not been in production for quite some time.  The comment actually has nothing to do with this thread.  He just needed to throw out there an unrelated off-topic point.  hahaha
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Re: When the contestants or audience challenge who rang in first
« Reply #8 on: November 23, 2011, 05:46:17 PM »
Another couple of things I announce before we begin our first round (and actually between other rounds through the night) is that continuously pressing the buzz button will actually delay your ringing in... And if you do get in, and continue pressing the buzz button, you can actually "un-buzz" yourself. Those two usually deter a lot of "my buzzers not working" as well. See my post above for the easiest test.. Using the app included... Though everyone seems to think it a contest to see who can press their buzzer the most times. Hey, maybe we can get digicams to make a quick horse race style buzzer tester that would make the testing fun for all! Lol

One other problem we've seen is with the tm-140 system. The battery compartment is big... And the batteries have room to move. So if you even set the controller on the table moderately, one of the batteries will slide out partially and could cause the buzzer not to work. (we've made announcements to this effect) before we fixed it, we had some instances of even 16 out of 20 batteries unseated in some fashion. Some more than others.

We've resolved this by a simple, inexpensive fix... Sticky foam tape. Cut a small piece to fit the battery cover, and stick it. As long as you get the thick stuff (weatherstripping for windows works well too... Just only peel one side of the tape off). It will prevent the batteries from dislodging.

Hope it helps!


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Re: When the contestants or audience challenge who rang in first
« Reply #9 on: September 27, 2012, 04:34:33 AM »
Here's what I tried last night, and it worked really good:

RED TEAM: (drunk) Hey!!! We rang in first!!! Our buzzer isn't working!!!

ME: (alarmed) whoa, whoa, whoa...We might have a problem here people. The red team's buzzer might not be working. OK Red Team....Here's what I'll do...Yall can pick ANY category and point value and I'll let you buzz in first. BUT...If your buzzer DOES work, you automatically lose that number of points.

RED TEAM: (guilty smile) Never mind.

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Re: When the contestants or audience challenge who rang in first
« Reply #10 on: October 02, 2012, 10:40:53 AM »
Great idea Brandon! I've done something simular to this with the "BONUS -" feature in TB4... I normally do a test before the rounds begin... then if someone chimes in "My Buzzer Doesn't Work!", I set it the bonus to 100 points and ask them if they really want to take a chance that it doesn't work. If it doesn't, then they don't lose the points... if it does... then they gambled and lost.

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Re: When the contestants or audience challenge who rang in first
« Reply #11 on: October 12, 2012, 12:05:41 PM »
oh my....Brandon and Frank you both have great ideas!  I very rarely have this happen, I guess this is because I mainly perform in front of people who have already seen me a million times so I don't have to deal with the issue, but I will remember this for the next time it comes up.  Those ideas are very very funny!

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Re: When the contestants or audience challenge who rang in first
« Reply #12 on: June 23, 2013, 03:31:55 PM »
Most of us can relate to this video!  For all you game show hosts out there, take heart with this video that you aren't all alone (with regards to people who challenge if their buzzer works or not).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJno60x3T1A