Sliding Scale

By | February 14, 2020

Are you aware of a board game called Wavelength? It’s a panel show waiting to happen. In it, a person is given an abstract scale (say “dry – wet”, “fantasy – sci-fi”, “bad actor – good actor”) and is randomly set a target on that scale. They have to come up with a thing that they think would sit on that scale at the point that had been randomly selected and their teammates must try and accurately judge where the target is. It’s great fun and has a whizzy mechanical set-piece to boot.


There is no way Big Break is just a five.

And apologies in advance for all the page jumping abouts in the comments linking to several Twitter posts will provide.

5 thoughts on “Sliding Scale

  1. Chris M. Dickson

    Smart-arse question: where would Beat the Nation be?

    (Beat The Nation was a short-lived quiz with the conceptually interesting gimmick that the questions had already been tested out on the public and so the questions’ difficulty could theoretically be measured by the public’s success on them. The show featured both questions that were answered correctly by between 90% and 100% of the public, and questions that were answered correctly by no more than 1% of the public. This concept would seem to be somewhat analogous to this sliding scale, albeit in reverse, though many of the shows listed have their own internal variability of question difficulty.)

    1. Brig Bother Post author

      Of course we’ve often joked that Beat the Nation is basically the pilot for Pointless, or at least what Pointless became when it started running out of decent list questions.

      1. David Howell

        It also sneakily held the pre-DoND record for biggest daytime game show prize by having an end-of-season £25k that got amortised over so many episodes it was the equivalent of adding another two hundred quid per show to the budget.

  2. Andrew, the Yank

    That video that Brig posted on twitter for Belgian Mole is amazing.


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