Making Proper and Full Use of Bonus Questions – Random Bonus Points”

October 7, 2016 by DigiGames

If you have been following the blog over the past few weeks you will indeed have noticed that we have been looking at ways to use bonus rounds and how you can get away from the simple format and introduce rounds into your quiz that add variety. Its worth repeating the key issues here which essentially revolves around the fact that the reason you should be doing this is two fold –

It adds variety to the trivia night and makes sure your players don’t get bored, helps attract and keep players and more importantly makes your night more fun and diverse from the extensive competition.
On a different note, the other big reasons as we have shown for adding in a bonus round or adding bonus points is to try and even the whole competition element of it up. It you go back a few posts you will notice that I went into some detail about joker rounds and wipeout rounds and how they can be used to ensure one team doesn’t just run away with it.
The issues we discussed previously are more related to how you can make a formal round to change things up and have some sort of set format so players known whats coming. What we are going to look at here is how to mix up the rounds with a more random element. Obviously, nothing in a quiz is totally random and you need to not only give the whole issue thought and planning but you need to really consider if it will work at your trivia shows.


There are two ways to introduced random quizzing in a more formalized way. The first way we have already discussed in a previous post but I will quickly go over it again. As you are giving the answer sheets out what you do is have a bag with numbers in (1-40 if you are doing a 40 question quiz etc). One of the team members puts their hand in your bag and draws out three numbers. These are then worth 3 points. So if the player gets 4,7 and 22 then if they get those questions right it’s a possible 9 points! Each team will have different numbers and it thus comes down to a little bit of luck, still relying though on skill, meaning that the quiz because a little more even and can throw up some strange results. The other way some places like to this round on a similar theme is if they have three random numbers draw on stage but every team faces the same three bonus questions…so one week it might be 4,13 and 22 the next it might be 7, 14 and 23….it is random because you are not controlling the outcome and for example the three questions it falls on may be the strongest or weakest area of a team (for example they may all be sport) and that’s going to really affect things.

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