Pokémon Pointless surveys

Hello, everyone!  With Tsubasacon right around the corner, we’ve got a few Pointless surveys that could use finishing. It’s our last episode of the year. If you haven’t yet taken these, please do so if you don’t mind! Have fun!

SURVEY ONE: OPINIONS

SURVEY TWO: BADGES

SURVEY THREE: MINERALS

SURVEY FOUR: CARDS

 

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What’s your favorite Greggo’s original?

Two weeks ago I conducted a poll asking you to name your favorite, second-favorite and least favorite “original” Greggo’s Game Shows. About forty of you responded and gave some really good feedback! I thank all of you for participating. Here are the results, giving games two points for being nominated as your favorite, one point for second-favorite and deducting one point for least favorite:

#1 Favorite: Farkle (42 points)

This game showed up as your favorite on 42% of the polls, least favorite on 0%.

Notable insights:
“…it FEELS like a 70s or 80s game show…”
“Great blend of having a look and feel of a traditional game show while being accessible to attendees, all while maintaining a great ‘play at home’ factor”
“I like the twist of the answers sometimes having nothing to do with the common thread. The rules are easy to follow, and there’s definitely plenty of suspense.”

#2 Favorite: Pokémon Game Show (28 points)

This game showed up as your favorite on 28% of the polls, least favorite on 13%.

Notable insights:
“Audience and player enthusiasm is a big part of what makes the Pokémon Game Show entertaining. Its play style makes it feel like a classic game show even though it’s original.”
“I love Pokémon Game Show due to its open concept as it allows for many different games to be played with the board, that way it keeps it fresh.”
“I always wondered if Classic Pokémon Game Show could be improved by asking one toss-up question to gain control, and then keep going in turn order until someone makes a match, to move the game a little faster. It just seems to drag when there’s a rash of questions that nobody knows–plus I think the true entertainment value of this game is when they get to play the board.”
One of you gave an overly-complicated way to “fix” the scoring for the game. I think I know which one of you made the post, and let me just mention that doing what you suggest would make it a 2-hour panel…it’s already almost too long as it is.


#3 Favorite: Know Your Role (11 points)

This game shows up as your favorite on 10% of the polls, least favorite on 5%.

Notable insights:
“Know Your Role is great with the question interaction and the rooting sections reminding me of Tattletales.”
“…Always hilarious, especially the look on their faces when they realize it’s them and they didn’t realize it.”

#4 Favorite: Stop The Music! (9 points)

This game shows up as your favorite on 10% of the polls, least favorite on 3%.

Notable insights:
“A good way to run an entertaining Name That Tune game. The original show’s format is just too difficult for con audiences.”
“There is almost NO play of it anymore.” (ed. Not true; it’s done about 10 times a year, I just can’t upload it to Youtube for fear of copyright strikes!)

#5 Favorite: Strikeout (9 points)

This game shows up as your favorite on 5% of the polls, least favorite on 5%.

Notable insights:
“It’s like Family Feud, but with the answers already given. Because all of the answers are already known, this encourages interaction with the crowd as they can suggest answers to the contestants.”
“A great theme with the baseball motif along with its game concept that makes it exciting.”
“Viewers at home can play too.”

Of the remaining games, Face Off earned a whopping 1 point and was voted least favorite on 13% of the polls. Shut the TARDIS!! and Ponyville Derby both scored well in the negative, and combined they were only the favorites on one poll while showing up as least favorite 55% of the time. I was expecting this of those two fandom-specific games; if you’re not a fan of My Little Pony: FIM or Doctor Who then these games won’t appeal to you, which is why they only get played at conventions with a large fan base.  Counting Pokémon, two-thirds of you voted themed games as your least favorite.

I will definitely be taking this feedback into consideration when it comes to which game shows get more play at conventions in 2019 and which game shows get put forth for funding for Youtube in future. Thanks so much for your input!

 

Dropping Patreon

Apparently over the past 48 hours, due to Patreon moving their payment operations overseas, a lot (and I do mean a LOT) of patrons have had their payments flagged, declined or triggered as fraud. While it didn’t affect me as much as it did other creators, I’ve decided that this is the last straw with Patreon, so after this month, all videos will be individually funded through Indiegogo, Ko-Fi, and through direct contributions.

Those of you who supported me on Patreon last month have still contributed to two uploads for August, which are mentioned on my “next uploads” page. Those are still on track. For all future videos, I will have a list of ones you can contribute to; once they are funded, the footage will be sent to the editors and your name will appear in the credits.

More details to come over the weekend; this is my last weekend before a stretch of four consecutive convention weekends, so the intention is to have everything set up and ready to roll for this new funding approach before leaving for Otakon.

Thanks as always for your support!

Match Game retired

In 1999 I hosted my very first game show at an anime convention. “Anime Match Game” debuted at A-Kon nearly twenty years ago, and became a staple of that con and in my lineup for the next six years.  On the whole I’ve probably hosted the game upwards of fifty times since then.

It’s now 2018, and in a time where this country is divided more than it’s been in a long time, people tend to be overly sensitive about certain topics, many of which make for easy questions to write for the show. I no longer feel comfortable writing those sorts of questions, nor do I feel like I’m doing enough due diligence with the celebrity guests playing the game if I put one on the show and they inadvertently (or purposefully) say or do something that will hurt their career down the road. I don’t want to be responsible for that, so as of today, Match Game is retired.

You can see my updated game list here. Thanks for understanding.