Where I work we have a quiz every Friday. I'm trying to find a quiz like game we can do by email instead whilst many of us are working remotely.

I'm trying to find online rules to a game that I thought was called By Popular Demand. I recall playing it online in the early 2000's I think on the now defunct psychozine website.

The rules as I recall:

  • Players are given categories.
  • They write down a (correct) answer in each category
  • They score 1 point for every one else who gave same answers.
  • Highest overall scores win

There was also an opposite game that I thought was called By Unpopular Demand. Same rules except lowest score wins.

Have I dreamt these or are they real games known by a different name? I'm trying to find an online rules link to send with the game tomorrow or I will just write rules out for my fictional game.

  • 2
    This sounds kind of like Scategories, except in Scategories you earn points for unique answers, not shared answers. Also, there's an alphabet die in Scategories. Mar 19, 2020 at 17:08
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    Seems potentially related to Family Feud...
    – Zeiss Ikon
    Mar 19, 2020 at 17:10
  • Also sounds like Hive Mind and at least one unpublished prototype ("Sheep"?) I've played Mar 19, 2020 at 21:11
  • It is similar to the UK Gameshow Pointless too; I suspect there are lots of games based on the concept and if I were the original poster, I’d just make up my own rules... Apr 1, 2020 at 10:29
  • I played it on a website in early 2000's so what I played had a name. I think the rules are so simple as defined I can just use as is and not need to edit rules Apr 1, 2020 at 12:07

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By Popular Demand is still played in games 'zine Variable Pig (and possibly others) and their rules are online at https://www.variablepig.org/rules/bypop.html

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