Only Connect

Only Connect is a long-running BBC TV quiz show much loved by nerds. See Wikipedia for details.

The PBM version is played over three postal turns. In each of these there is activity in all four of the rounds that comprise the TV show. Any number can play, and players can join late but will be assumed to have scored zero in the previous turn(s).

The TV show is famed for being one of the hardest quizzes on TV. In the postal game players have a long time to think about the questions, and research is permitted, so the questions will be difficult and search engines may help a bit, but not give away the answer.

In the postal game, players each have three shield tokens. When a shield is played it allows the player to guess again next time on a connection or sequence if not correct, have extra "strikes" at the end of the wall, or take a guess on a missing vowels question without losing a point if wrong.

Round 1: Connections

In this round, players must identify the connection between four clues.

There will be four questions, one of which is pictures (no music question in the postal version).

Round 2: Sequences

In this round, players must work out what comes fourth in a sequence of four clues.

There will be three questions, one of which is pictures.

Round 3: Connecting Wall

I the postal game, everyone gets the same one wall and solves it together. There are 16 squares each containing a word, name or very short phrase.

There are four categories / connections and four squares belonging to each category, but beware, as with the TV show there will be red herrings to trap you.

For the second running of the game in Variable Pig, the above rules will be replaced with...

The same wall stays up for all three rounds. Players may have as many guesses as they want on any round but they only have three lives. Each incorrect guess - for the group of four or the connection - uses up one life. Shields can be used to buy extra lives, including bringing a player "back from the dead" when all lives have gone.

Round 4: Missing Vowels

In this round the questions are in the form of a phrase to decode with all the vowels removed.

In the postal game, to make it harder, the GM may choose to obfuscate the theme, for example remove the consonants!

Example Scorecard

PlayerC1C2C3C4S1S2S3WallMVsScoreSR
Alice030050020102
BillXX0050x0383
Carol30000051-361
Dave000XX002133

X indicates excluded from further guesses on question
SR = Shields Remaining

Notes

The winner is the player with the most points, in the event of a tie, the player with the most unused shields remaining is the winner. If this is equal the glory of victory is shared.

The GM is encouraged to make dry witty comments but not rude jokes about Michael Portillo.

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