Been using the decreasing points timer but have recently switched to using a shorter clock but no decreasing points. (Many have complained that they are getting the answer in “as soon as it’s posted” but they only get 60-70 points. We’ve had several players stop playing because of the frustration.)
Understanding that it could lead to more ties (though we didn’t have one the first week) I’ve just accepted that and created a tiebreaker round, worth one point, that only those tied for first move on to play. It would be a numerical question, no answer preselected, and I would just award the “correct” answer to the closest guess.
Here is where this gets complicated.
The current win scenario is… most point. If tied, then most correct answers. BUT… then the third criteria is most questions answered. The problem is… this doesn’t show up anywhere for the players to see. All they see is that they are tied in both points and correct answers. It’s really hard to explain to people (and honestly, I’m not even sure that it should matter) that the ranking is based on something they can’t see. Sure, I can download the results and show them the spreadsheet but that is clunky.
Like I said, I’m completely fine with a tie scenario as I have a round ready to break that tie. It would be extremely helpful to…
a) be able to determine our own criteria for a tie game
b) or list the number of questions answered on the rankings leaderboard.
c) or disable tiebreaker criteria all together and just accept a tie.