Right, so if you didn’t join in with our Schlag den Star watchalong on Saturday you probably missed Bother’s Bar Does De Slimste Mens – “they” won’t make it so we will – an English language edition of one of our favourite Flemish quiz formats. I thought it would be a good idea to edit that into its own video. So here it is!
I know, right! I quite like doing producer commentary, so I will tell you my thoughts under a cut so as to not ruin the result or anything.
First of all my thanks to unofficial site deslimstemens.nu for having programmed and setting up the game control. It’s free to sign up and create your own quizzes, but if you want to play with all the bells and whistles there’s a couple of Euros fee (apparently server costs were getting high), although there is a stripped down free version available also. Right now the person running it hasn’t worked out how to do sound from both Quizmaster’s screen and Contestant’s screen, I got round this by having two separate windows up at once – the one I shared for the contestants and my QM screen with all the buttons on it (mouse, keyboard or touch control, very intuitive although a bit AZERTY) and my sound mixer did the lifting. It’s pretty easy to use – nothing a bit of intuition and Google Translate can’t sort. On TV the game is traditionally played with three players, the software can cope with up to four. The creator is constantly improving it.
I’m a big fan of game controls and I would be happy to pay to use them, up to a point, although I don’t know how big the market is for them. I’m working on something for an upcoming Game Night Final which involves lots of graphics and 100-odd questions in PowerPoint. It’s not coming any time soon, especially as there’s another SdS in April.
- 3-6-9 – I nicked all these questions from a round of most recent The Chase Quiz Book. Sorry.
- Open Door – I did a little bit of formatting here as we can’t have celebrities giving questions like on TV, so made a distinction that this round would be about people and things and Collective Memory would be about events – this might be quite close to how it actually works, I don’t know.
- Puzzle – Wow, this surprised me a lot. The clues and categories were a mixture of translated supplied ones and my own (if you’re making a quiz and hit the two arrows, it will fill with a random question). The ‘1999’ Prince clue was originally ‘Purple Rain’ which I thought was too much of a dead giveaway, 1999 has many more connotations. I wrote most of these, at the time I thought they were a bit easy so I was quite shocked that everyone had so much difficulty. I’ve also just realised that the puzzle round is effectively Open Door but in reverse – you get the keywords and have to come up with the subject. Also De Slimste existed many years before Only Connect and had Pointless friends years before Pointless so don’t bother writing to OFCOM. I know what you’re like.
- Gallery – these were all pre-made, although I swapped out some Flemish singers that our contestants would have had no chance of guessing with Jarvis Cocker and Garth Brooks. I kept Jacques Brel because I reckon he’s famous enough even if not mainstream, and I also recently bought a new best of Marc Almond collection and he’s always banging on about him.
- Collective Memory – I came up with all of these (most of the supplied ones were too Flemish) although I think in many ways some of the answers people were giving were a lot better than the ones I put in, especially on the World Cup question. Also I did see them do a question on Live Aid once on the Dutch version, although I couldn’t remember the answers.
- Final – These were a combination of translated originals and my own. I think they turned out fairly well, I think the talkabout a subject questions are more entertaining but most of the supplied ones were list questions. I think I had fifteen lined up.
So there we are, will probably do again.