As any game show fan has probably heard by now, the classic game show Pyramid is returning to the airwaves. To celebrate, I'm bringing the game to these forums.
Two teams of two players. Each team has one celebrity partner (who change from show to show) and one contestant. Two full games are played in each 'episode'. A full game consists of the front game and the bonus round, the Winners' Circle.
In the main game, six categories are presented to the teams, each with titles hinting at the words, names, or phrases in the category. For each subject, you'll have 7 items to describe in 30 seconds. Rules for describing: say what you want except saying the word outright (or any part), saying "starts with" or "rhymes with", or saying "sounds like." Any of those immediately forfeits the word and proceeds to the next one. I'll PM the giver all 7 words at once. However, like the real show, once you pass a word (only the giver can say "PASS") or forfeit it, you can't come back to it, even if time permits. However, just like on the show, if your receiver comes up with a PASSED word later in the topic and says it, YOU GET CREDIT. In the front game, players will alternate turns as giver and receiver, except for each team's last topic, in which the team decides who'll give (you may confer, but the player that gave clues first must act as the spokesman in this case). Timing is simple: 1/3 of a second off for each word used in your description (including parenthetical gestures), 1 second off to give an answer, and no time for verdicts or transitions.
In each game, one category will have a bonus hidden behind it; in the first game of the 'episode', that will be 7-11 (take $50 for each word, or go for $1,100 for getting all seven words). In game 2, this can be Mystery 7 (get all seven words without knowing the topic for a bonus prize) or Gamble for Two Grand (if you choose to take 5 seconds off the clock and get all 7, you win $2,000).
In the case of a tie, the scores are erased, and two more categories are presented; the team that created the tie chooses first. Both categories will be things that start with a given letter of the alphabet, such as S or P. If the first team gets all seven words, the second team MUST complete their seven words in less than the time it took the first team to get their seven words to win. If both teams somehow manage to tie, whether by both finishing at the same time, or if both teams tie with less than 7, the scores are wiped again, and two more tiebreaker categories are presented. The winning team advances to the Winner's Circle. If a tiebreaker is caused by a 21-21 tie, the winning player receives $2,500 in addition to advancing to the Winner's Circle.
Before the round starts, the team must decide who will give clues and who will receive clues. The giver will have 60 seconds to convey 6 categories by ONLY listing items in the category. The receiver must identify the category. He or she must give a complete category, but as long as the 'essence', or key word of the category is given, it will be accepted (EX: Saying "things that are cooked" instead of "things you cook."). The following things are forbidden and will result in the category being forfeited: saying something that doesn't make sense or doesn't fit, describing the category, using the operative words or any synonyms (or any part thereof), using prepositions (even "of," there are many ways to get around it), indicating gestures of any kind, and giving "yes/no" hints.
Timing: 1/2 second off for any word in your list, 1.5 seconds off for any guess, no time off for verdicts or transitions. Categories will be presented one at a time and can be passed and returned to in order as time permits. Only the giver can say "PASS," but if the receiver comes up with the category after passing but before the first clue of the next category, it WILL be credited (trust me, it's happened on the actual show before).
In the first game of an episode, the Winner's Circle is worth $10,000. If the same player makes it to the Winner's Circle a second time in the same episode, the Circle is worth $25,000.
If a player fails to win the Circle, they receive money based on which categories they got in the 60 seconds. In order, the first three boxes are worth $100, $200, and $300, respectively, the next two are worth $400 and $500, and the top box is worth $500. The money of the claimed boxes will be added together to make a score for the other player to beat. If the other player makes it to the Winner's Circle, they must score more money or beat all six categories to return the next episode. If the player in the first game wins the $10,000, the other player must win the second game and the $10,000 in their Winner's Circle to return on the next episode. If the two contestants win the same amount of money, including both winning $10,000, both players return the next day.
After the first game, both contestants change partners for the second game of an episode.
Players remain for a maximum of five 'episodes'.
THE $250,000 TOURNAMENT
After a certain amount of episodes (generally 20 or 25), the three players that completed the Winner's Circle in the fastest time return to compete in a round-robin tournament to compete for $250,000. Two of the three players compete each day; no bonuses are in play, except for the 21-21 tie bonus. If nobody wins the winner's circle on a day, the player with the lower amount of score money is replaced by the third player for the next day; this continues until the winner's circle is won (in the case of a score tie, a coin is flipped to determine who comes back the next episode). If the $250,000 is won in the first game of an episode, the other two players play the second game for a chance at $25,000 in the Winner's Circle. The celebrity players still switch each day during the tournament.
In general, you'll want to be good with words on this game.
Should this be accepted, I'll need two contestants, and two celebrities (please specify who you'd like to be in that case, as on Serebii Squares).