Fact Sheet: Definition

Definition debuted at BAM-Con in 2013. It was a staple of Canadian television for over a decade, and combines elements of Hangman (similar to Wheel of Fortune) with horrible, horrible puns. It is a game that can be catered to any type of event, and can utilize guest participants or teams of two attendees apiece depending on your needs.  Like its Canadian predecessor, it is also a fairly cheap game show to add to the schedule, as its prize support is fairly inconsequential; this game show is played more for laughs (or groans) than anything else.

This was the third game show developed utilizing the puzzle board algorithm I wrote for Wheel of Fortune, but the second one to debut (after Ponyville Derby a couple months before). It’s one of my favorite game shows to put together; writing puns is a heck of a lot more fun to write than trivia! All that’s left is for a convention in Canada to request it as one of their games and I can feel like I’ve “given back.” (Though much like Justin Bieber, I’m sure Canada would be happy to let us keep Definition.)


This game requires 90 minutes including setup time.  It requires the use of projector and screen (VGA/HDMI and minijack). A minimum of two microphones (five is preferred) is requested. Stage layout includes one large table for the contestants. A lectern may be provided as well. There are five onstage participants, and each will need a chair.

Preferred title for the schedule:

Greggo’s Game Shows: Definition

Program book description:

It’s the game of fun with a pun!  Two teams attempt to solve punny word puzzles.  In a team’s turn, they give the other team a letter they hope isn’t in the puzzle, and if successful take a letter that they hope is in the puzzle.  Finding a letter gives that team a guess at the puzzle, and solving the puzzle wins the game.  Win three games and your team wins a prize!

Prize support recommendation:

Each match win earns the team a small prize.  This can be a convention badge if you wish (this is recommended if you are playing with guests).  Otherwise keep in mind that there are two players on each team.  We typically do two matches per show. While these prizes can sometimes be supplemented by my own prize support, it is recommended that the convention supplies prizes whenever possible.