# Thread: Chain Reaction

1. ## Chain Reaction

...where one word leads to another!

Brief history lesson: created by Bob Stewart, the first version of this ran for 5 months, and then got canned for a daytime talk show hosted by David Letterman. (and now you know how he started in television!) It got brought back a few years later, and last showed up on TV in 2007.

Anyhow, the rules:

The main game involves word chains, such as this one:

SNOW
FLAKES
CORN
SYRUP
PANCAKES
SAUSAGE
EGGS
CHICKEN

The game is played with two teams of two (one celebrity and one contestant on each team). In each round, the players will hold a different responsibility; either guessing the words or giving letters. For example, the celebrity on team 1 gives a letter below SNOW to the other team, which would show up like this:

SNOW
F_____

(blanks do not indicate the length of a word)

The guesser on team 2 guesses what the word below SNOW is. If they're right, they earn money and take control. If you give a letter to your partner, and they get it wrong, control passes to the other team.

Responsibilities alternate with each turn. For example:

Celebrity on team 1 gives clue to opponents, guesser on that team gets it wrong. The contestant on team 1 gets to decide who to give the next letter to above or below a word. If they give it to the opposite team, the other player on that team gets a shot. If they get it right, they decide what to do next.

(that may be a bit confusing; trust me, it'll make sense once we play)

In round 1, each word guessed correctly is worth \$50, while the last word in the chain is worth \$75. However, in the first round only, plus signs will be next to two words in the chain. Those plus signs double the value of those words. In other words, if an asterisk is next to the final word of the chain, that word is worth \$150.

In round 2, words are worth \$100, and the last word is worth \$200. IN THIS ROUND ONLY, one word will have a dollar sign next to it. Whichever team guesses that word will play the Missing Link for a mini-jackpot (explained below).

In round 3 and any further rounds if necessary, words are worth \$200, and the last is worth \$400.

The first team to reach \$1,500 wins the game and plays the bonus round.

A general compendium of symbols you'll see on the board:

(*) - Indicates that that box contains two words, worth normal value.
(+) - Doubles the dollars for that word, in round one only.
(\$) - Used in round two only, whichever team guesses the word next to this plays the Missing Link at the end of the round.

STATHAM
________
YANKERS

The team that has won the right to play this is shown the top and bottom of a three word chain. One player of the team will give the first guess. If this guess is right, the team wins a bonus jackpot that starts at \$1,000 and increases by that much every game the full pot isn't won. If the first player is wrong, the other player gets a shot with a letter added.

For each letter revealed before a correct answer in the chain, 20% of the pot is taken out of play (e.g. getting the middle word with one letter and \$2,000 in the pot wins you \$1,600).

(answer to above chain: Crank)

THE SUPER CHAIN:

The winning team is shown a chain similar to one in the main game, except only the top word and the first letter of every other word is given. Guesses alternate between the celebrity and the contestant. For each correct word, the payout increases like so:

TOP WORD
\$250
\$500
\$750
\$1,000
\$2,500
\$5,000
JACKPOT

The jackpot starts at \$25,000 and increases by \$5,000 each day it isn't won.

The catch? You are given seven additional letters in an account at the start. For each incorrect guess, a letter in the current word is filled in and deducted from your account.

The round ends when:

A. The final word is correctly guessed (thus winning the JACKPOT) or
B. an incorrect guess is given with no letters remaining in the account (at which point the player wins the value of the last completed word).

No limits on champion reigns, and celebrities change from episode to episode.

Are you ready to play? I need two contestants and two celebrities (please specify who you'd like to be in the case of the latter).

2. i would like to be a contestant as i do with all of your games.

3. Oh, I'd like to play.

4. Originally Posted by CuriousHeartless
Oh, I'd like to play.
As the second contestant?

(clarification)

5. I would like to be a contestant in Team Two

6. Reaper, it depends on whether or not Curious wants to be a contestant. If he does, I can fit you in as a celebrity. Worst case scenario, you'll play next show.

7. Sorry for not clarifying. Yes, as a contestant.

8. Alright.

Through some VM correspondence, we've got Candle in as Ellen DeGeneres. That means we need one more celebrity to get this rolling. Who wants in?

9. I'll be a Celeb for the 2nd team.

10. And who'd you like to be?

11. Hmph, I've been so many pokemon characters it's not good anymore. I'll be Zero from the Megaman X series.

12. Before we go 'on the air', since Destroyer signed up first, he needs to pick who he wants to partner with. Destroyer?

13. i would like Zero

14. Then I guess I have Ellen. And it seems we meet yet again, destroyer39. And all of the rest of you too, it seems like I see you a lot.

15. Alright. Here we go!

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[USA NETWORK ID]

(MAIN THEME PLAYS...)

Johnny Gilbert: This is Chain Reaction, where one word leads to another, and the right word could lead to \$25,000. With today's special guest stars - from "Ellen", Ellen DeGeneres... and from the Mega Man X games, Zero! And the star of Chain Reaction, Doctor Who!

(yes, I'm hosting as myself)

(cheers and applause)

Thank you Johnny Gilbert, thank you everybody... and welcome to the new Chain Reaction! This is the same game you remember from the 80s. Granted, the stakes are higher, but it's still the same game. I'm going to let that fact take the back seat for a moment, let's meet the teams!

On team 1, we have Zero and his contestant partner, Destroyer39! And on team 2, we have Ellen and her contestant partner, CuriousHeartless!

We'll start with Zero and Destroyer. How are both of you doing?

(also, briefly introduce yourselves; formalities)

16. Im doing good doc. Ever since i beat all the pokemon leagues for the 1000000th time in a row, ive been pretty bored except for your other games. not much happening lately tho. What's up Doc?

17. (4th wall smashes to pieces)

Well, hopefully we can help you have some fun, good luck.

Zero, briefly tell the folks at home what you do, please...

18. Hmph. I am a Maverick Hunter, i'm sure you all have played my games already. One of my few human friends called me over to be a celebrity in this gameshow, hopefully it's not in vain and I can get this person some money.

19. With any luck, you will. Good luck to both of you!

(applause)

It's over to team 2 now. CuriousHeartless is our contestant of the pair; what do you want the TV audience to know about you?

20. Well I'm a millionaire, don't you know. I'm coming off of a success at Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and am aiming to win as many games as I can. I'm also an avid user of TVtropes and YouTube, for some added flavor. Can't wait to play, Doctor.

21. (TV Tropes has pretty much ruined me.)

Maybe we can help you pay the taxes on the million! Good luck today.

Ellen DeGeneres, you've been hosting Ellen for 10 seasons now. Not many talk shows have made it that long on TV. How does it feel?

22. (Yes, it ruins everyone)

It feels great honestly, we've had lots of fun on the show, and I enjoyed brining smiles to our viewer's faces.

23. Well, that is what a talk show should be. I could give at least one example of what isn't a talk show. That doesn't matter right now, though, let's get to the board!

(the board opens up, intro cue...)

The first team to reach \$1,500 or more will be playing the super chain for today's jackpot of \$25,000!

(applause)

In round 1, we begin with the word CLOSE.

CLOSE
________
________
________
________
________
________
________

Six words in between associated with that, ending on the word BIRTHDAY.

CLOSE
________
________+
________
________*
________+
________
BIRTHDAY

Each correct word in this round is worth \$50, and the last word is worth \$75. I'd like to call your attention briefly to those symbols on the board - the plus sign doubles the word's value, even if it's the last word left in the chain. The asterisk means there are two words in the link. We did a coin toss before the show, and Curious and Ellen will be starting the chain. Curious, do you want to give your partner or opponent a letter under CLOSE or over BIRTHDAY?

24. Hmm. I will give this to my partner, above Birthday.

25. Ellen... first letter is an A.

CLOSE
________
________+
________
________*
________+
A_______
BIRTHDAY

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