If you’re not yet playing Qrank, the daily trivia game, you should be. That’s all I’ll say about that.
Ranking high on Qrank’s local, state, national, and global leaderboards is harder now than it was when there were fewer players. (Gone are the days when I even hope to crack the top ten locally, never mind globally.) However, it’s still possible to pump up your score and dominate your circle of friends. Just do a few simple things before and during your daily game.
- Keep up on current events. I hope this is an obvious one, but just in case you haven’t noticed: a number of questions on Qrank are based on current events. If you’re particularly good or bad at current event questions, look for the little leaf symbol in the corner of the question square. The leaf means that a current events question lies beneath.
- Read the same sites that Qrank does. I’m sure that the Qrank trivia team is always on the search for new sources of material, but there do seem to be a few mainstays for current events questions. These include Wired, NPR, and BoingBoing. To discover others, see if you can trace the day’s questions back to their web origins with Google. Bone up on your Ray Bradbury – there have been a number of questions featuring the sci-fi author lately.
- Keep tabs on Austin, Texas. Qrank is based in Austin, so Austin news and trivia pops up regularly. The Austin American-Statesman site is a good place to start.
- Check out the Qrank Twitter and Facebook accounts. Every day there are two different clues posted to these accounts. The Twitter clue tends to be more obscure (do a little research to see if you can figure it out), while the Facebook clue is simply the day’s question posted on their wall. These are basically free points – if you don’t check these before you play you’re handicapping yourself.
- Play later in the day. This is my power move and I’m a little reluctant to put it out there, but I find that I score better when I play later in the day. It gives me more time to absorb current events during the workday and my commute, so I’ve been exposed to more potential question info. Of course, I know plenty of people who play Qrank before they get out of bed in the morning, so I’m not sure how worried I should be about people adopting this tactic.
- Read the questions thoroughly and give yourself time to think the answers through, especially if you’re guessing. Because you get fewer points for taking more time, I’m often at a rush to guess. Usually I guess wrong and I feel sheepish when I realize I could have deduced the answer if I’d given myself more time. Just a few points for a late correct guess is way better than no points at all. Lower scoring questions often have hints embedded in the wording so give yourself the time to read thoroughly.
- Use the power-ups – and save them for the higher scoring questions. If you don’t know what the power-up icons are for, read about them at http://qrankthegame.com/questions. Then save them up for that last row of high-point questions – or perhaps for a bonus-multiplied question in the rows just above.
- Play lower scoring questions first. The power-ups take time to regenerate. If you used the power-ups at the end of your previous day’s game, you’ll need to give them that refresh time. I do it by playing a few 100-point questions first, then the 200s, and then the 500s. I try to make sure I have room for all the 200s and 500s, so I usually go back for a couple of 100 point questions at the end of the game.
Now that I’m letting these tips out I’m sure my standings will be even lower but hey, it’s only a game. Right?