J! Scorer - What, Why, and How
The J! Scorer makes it easy for prospective Jeopardy! contestants to play along with the show and keep track of their training progress.
NOTE ON PRIME-TIME CELEBRITY GAMES
It would require a huge amount of effort to properly handle the extra round present in the hour-long celebrity episodes. As long as it's only celebrity games, I will not be expending that effort, and these games will be officially unsupported. (If you find this unacceptable, feel free to make the changes yourself.)
I strongly recommend skipping play-along with these games. But if you really, really want to play along with them, note:
- If you choose the "Celebrity" play type with an appropriate show date (i.e., 2022-09-25 or later), it will give you the correct values for the first two rounds.
- There is a new "Triple round" play type that will give you $300-$1500 values.
- There is no way to join those into a single game, and no way to properly handle stats for three DDs in a round.
- If you save these games, the stats page will adjust all displayed values to the $200-$2000 values that the syndicated show currently uses.
Again, these games are not supported, and I strongly recommend skipping play-along with them, but if there's anything simple that you'd like to suggest, drop me a line at the address below.
Both guests and registered users can use the J! Scorer to calculate their Coryat score while playing along with the show in real time. Registered users can also save their games and track their stats over time. (See an interactive sample stats page here.)
The game page is where the action is.
As on the show, the blue boxes at the top of the board are where the category names go. As the categories are revealed on the show, type in a bit of the name - enough to find the proper column when a clue is selected. (This area is for your reference only, and has no effect on any stats.)
When a contestant selects a clue, click on (or touch) the appropriate box. This will bring up an overlay with several buttons. Click on Right or Wrong as appropriate for your response, or Pass if you chose to STAY CLAM. When a Daily Double is uncovered, tick the DD checkbox. The NR button is for any clues that go unrevealed.
If you plan on saving your game, at the conclusion of each round, you can enter zero or more custom topics for each category in the white box between the category name and the clue boxes. (Separate multiple topics with commas.) After your game has been saved, your results from that category will be added to your totals for each topic on the stats page.
(For example, if the category is BEFORE & AFTER, you might assign topics Wordplay, General Knowledge. If the category is SHAKESPEARE, your topics might be Entertainment, Highbrow, Theatre, Shakespeare. For best results, use whatever comes naturally to you; consistency is the key to good, useful stats.)
Navigate between rounds with the links below the scoreboard.
For the Final clue, the category and topic areas work as before. Use the large Right or Wrong button to record your result. A check mark or an X will appear next to your score, as appropriate.
At the bottom of the Final area, there are places to enter the on-air contestants' results. (Use their positions entering Final, i.e., just enter the results left-to-right, as third place is revealed first on the show.) This will enable you to view your Final stats broken down by contestant results, which can come in handy if you find yourself facing, say, Stratton's Dilemma.
To save your game, make sure that the show date, date and time played, play type, and rerun status are correct, then click the Save game link. When the game is successfully saved, the text of the link will change accordingly.
(Note: Your most-recently-displayed game is saved to a cookie in your browser. This enables you to visit other pages, like the login or signup page, and still have your game waiting for you when you return. To start a new game, click the New game link below the save area.)
Happy playing! If you have any questions that aren't answered here (including the notes below and tacky yellow box above), please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A note on browsers: The J! Scorer is developed primarily for recent versions of Firefox, with regular checks that it works reasonably well in recent versions of Chromium/Google Chrome. Support for other browsers is not planned at this time.
A note on mobile devices: In designing the J! Scorer, my decisions are aimed at maximum usability on laptops and desktops. Smaller-screened devices can work, but will likely need to be rotated so the screen is wider than it is tall.