The JJ_Game Class
The jj_game is a macro class for LaTeX. The purpose of the class is to make
the construction of Jeopardy-like games easy. Currently, the class supports dvipsone, dvips, pdftex and dvipdfm.
The game constructed in a LaTeX source and, depending on your workflow, is converted to PDF. It is possible to
construct a game with any reasonable number of categories and any reasonable number of question per category.
jj_game class is a Jeopardy-like game in which you compete for cyber money
by answering questions composed by the game author. The questions can be multiple choice, math fill-in or
text fill-in. Since the year 2000, many techniques have been developed, and this version of
jj_game has many enhancements an new features:
The basic game can be constructed using dvipsone, dvips, pdftex and dvipdfm (untested in this version).
Additionally, there is a pro option that requires the use of dvipsone or dvips and Acrobat Pro 7.0 or later
with distiller. I have used the jj_game class in some of my classes for extra credit; for this purpose,
the following features were developed.
- Added the ability to post math and text fill-in questions
- Enhanced control over the color design of the game
- The distribution comes with 9 designs (color schemes) jeopardy, florida, iceland,
norway, germany, bahamas and spain
- Five general graphical backgrounds provided, and two additional ones that are used in a custom design.
- Language option, currently english and german. Additional languages will be added as translators volunteer.
- A forcredit option that forces the student - assuming the contestant is taking
the game for credit - to enter his/her name.
- With the pro option, layers are used to hide the questions from the contestant before
he/she selects a question from the game board. When the contestant selects a question, the question
is made visible. The questions are in layers with a no print attribute, so the contestant cannot
print out the game and distribute the questions to other contestants even if the questions are visible.
Get the latest AeB (The AcroTeX eDucation Bundle, Web, Exerquiz, etc.) and if applicable, get AeB Pro.
- Documentation jjg_man.pdf contains all details of the game
- jj_game.zip, the full distribution
- jjg_test.pdf: Basic demo of Jeopardy with nothing fancy
- jjg_ca.pdf: Jeopardy game on College Algebra using one of the designs supplied by the distribution. Also, contestant is asked to enter his/her name and a time stamp and print button are supplied. There is nothing that forces the contestand to enter his/her name.
- jjg_custom.pdf: An example of custom graphic design, very swave.
- jjg_pro_ca.pdf: Same as jjg_ca.pdf, but with the pro option. The contestant is forced to enter a name before being allowed to look at the questions. The questions are placed in layers and are not revealed until it is selected from the game board. Super swave!
Comments and suggestions are always gratefully accepted and seriously considered.
Hope you like the new version, now, I simply must get back to my retirement!
JJ_Game on the Web
This games are best downloaded and viewed off line.
- D. P. Story at OWC: Stat Jeopardy Game for Elementary Statistics (Fall 2006)
- Jürgen Gilg and Simon Singer have developed their own version of a Jeopardy Game, in German. They did a great job in the design of the game, whether you read German or not, take a look at their Mathe_Quiz Jeopardy game.
- David Arnold of the Redwoods College is preparing a series of Jeopardy games that for his classes on a regular basis. Go to main page for a listing: topics include
- (06/11/07) Uploaded v3.0
- (03/13/07) Added link to Stat Jeopardy Game
- (12/05/00) Uploaded jj_game with support for dvipdfm.
- (09/13/00) Uploaded jj_game with a new key in the \GameDesign macro. Use GoalPercentage to set a goal as a percentage of the total money in the game.
- (09/03/00) Uploaded jj_game for the first time.
Now, I simply must get back to work!
D. P. Story firstname.lastname@example.org.