Yeah, I guess I have to agree.jeff6286 wrote: ↑Thu Jun 29, 2017 3:23 pmShe gave a very detailed explanation of what this was going to be, and nowhere in it did she say "the vast majority of questions will be about shows with varying degrees of cult followings, most will be critically acclaimed and very few will be highly watched." That would've been a pretty reasonable warning to a lot of people that this was going to be painful.jfrumkin wrote: ↑Thu Jun 29, 2017 2:58 pmI think that's 100% true. I think people assumed (and it wasn't specified otherwise) that this one would be general TV and so the level of detail has been shock and awe, I just don't know that assumption is for sure the case.triviawayne wrote: ↑Thu Jun 29, 2017 2:40 pmI think many ML & 1DS are written very narrow to the niche of those that are fanatics. The Peanuts and Indy 500 are recent ones that come to mind--you may like those things, but not enough to even get half of the answers unless you are a true follower of the subject. But that's just this generalist D-rundler's perspective.
The ModKos scale (originally from 2010), for anyone who isn't familiar with it:WilliamsN wrote:I'm going to keep this ML fairly straightforward. You can expect a ModKos between PG and PG-13.
Just because you have some PG Qs, doesn't mean your ML is PG. This one is a hard R, saved from full X-dom by the opening credits picture questions, which have to be easier, since there'll usually be some TOM there. It compares in difficulty to the "Before and After" MLs, especially the second one. Anything that asks for character names is going to be at least a PG-13, and asking for producers and showrunners bumps it into R range. This one needed some sample questions, to be sure.G (General Audiences): This is a Mini whose questions fall into the same broad category and difficulty base as a regular LL season. The recent 1999 ML is an example of this type; while there may have been some raised difficulty for players not alive (or not conscious) during 1999, the material covered the same territory as an ordinary LL, at roughly the same difficulty. (I am making one assumption here: that there are no MLs that will be easier than a regular LL season!)
PG (Pretty General): Akin to the Type B ML on the Kosman Scale, this is a MiniLeague whose content, while honed by a particular category, is designed to be accessible to the broad range of solvers. The harder questions will favor those with expertise in the ML category, but the easy-to-middle questions are targeted at the generalist. Games and Puzzles I think would get this rating.
PG-13 (Pretty General, but Unlucky for some): Intended for generalists, but with a harder edge than a PG mini. JI:Portraits might fall here, since even though the content was broad-based, the format - identifying faces - might have made it particularly hard for some players.
R (Restricted): Either by design, or because the category is outside the realm of most generalists, this type of ML will be challenging to those who don't have some knowledge of the subject. Opera and JI:Literature are examples of this type.
X (Experts Only): This is a full-on Kosman Type A, and non-aficionados are warned to tread carefully. If this isn't your subject, you're going to find even the easy questions challenging.
The thing is, you could have written basically the same type of quiz here, but in 1987, same level of detail, and I could have done well on it, then or now.