Writing your Own Linkees: Hints and Tips


Linkee is pretty cool, because you can have a go at writing your own questions for the game. The best ones may actually be included in future production runs.

So you’ve decided to have a crack at writing a Linkee, have you? Good stuff. Let’s have a quick look at some hints and tips to get you on your way.

What is the link? Think about the link between your questions first and foremost. It makes sense as a link, right? It’s something people can guess? Maybe sort of obvious, but the best Linkees have been thought about carefully at every step. You know, where you’re going to write it, if you have tea or coffee, whether you have a biscuit…oh, and the actual writing process.

Let’s keep it clean, people.  Linkee is aimed at ages 12 and up. That means you shouldn’t make your questions (or answers!) too naughty. No swearing, no rude bits, nothing you wouldn’t talk to your granny about. Got it? Good.

Give the kids a chance. Yes, it’s all well and good showing off your knowledge of 1970s pop bands (and all the terrible clothes that come with the territory) but that might be a little tricky for those who grew up when the Teletubbies were the height of popularity. So try writing some questions the kids will know the answers to: cartoon characters, or sweets that haven’t been boiled or named after eyeballs. Sneak up to them and quiz them on their favourite band. They’ll be glad you did.

Alternatively, give the grown ups a chance. Hey! There’s adults playing this game too! If you’re reading this, who knows? You could be an adult, for all we know. So do dredge up your own memories of old TV shows and obscure foodstuffs and give those older team-mates food for thought. Variety is the spice of life, is what we’re trying to say. If you’re writing a few Linkees (and we hope you do) try and cater to everyone who’s going to be playing.

Maybe don’t go too obscure. Did you know William Shakespeare, Isambard Brunel, Oliver Cromwell and Dwight D. Eisenhower all have trains named after them? Of course you didn’t, because that’s stupidly esoteric. And it’s locomotives, thank you very much. Write a head-scratcher, but don’t dive too deep into the well of human knowledge with your questions. Not everyone is as knowledgeable as you are, and we’ve got to give people a fighting chance, haven’t we?

Don’t forget the clue. The clue isn’t a vital part of every round, since a boffin might work out the link, but it can be a little nudge in the right direction and is still important. Think as it almost as a 5th question that nobody asked but you’re answering anyway because why not? It should follow the same sorts of rules as the actual questions: there’s a strong link at work, and it shouldn’t be too obscure.

It doesn’t have to be exact. We’re going to have to use an example here. Say your link is ice creams, and when you’re coming up with questions you suddenly think “Hey! The Beatles were called The Fab Four, and Fab was an ice cream!” (Don’t believe us? Look it up. They still make them, actually.) Throwing in questions like these gets the players to think outside the box, and other workplace phrases nobody can decipher. Ooh, there’s a Linkee in here somewhere…Anyway, it just makes the game a bit more interesting if you can throw in a question like this one.

Have fun. Yeah, we’d almost forgotten: this is a game, isn’t it? Have fun writing you’re Linkees, and don’t take it too seriously. Actually, do: your questions are pretty important. But have fun while doing them, okay?


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