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Pocket Millionaire: Questions file format

Creating a questions file of your own is easy! Check out Scott Luchetti's free Question Writer application which makes writing questions for the game a piece of cake!

However, there's no obligation to use any particular program. All you need is a standard text editor, such as Windows Notepad, capable of saving files in plain text format.

Here's an example of how the questions should be laid out:

1 Question level
Is this question 1? Question
Yes Correct answer
Hmm. Not too sure! Wrong answer
Can I phone a friend? Wrong answer
No idea. Sorry! Wrong answer
5 Question level
Do questions have to be entered in order? Question
No Correct answer
Yes Wrong answer
Can I ask the audience? Wrong answer
I'll pass on that one! Wrong answer
1 Question level
What about this one? Question
It's another level 1 question Correct answer
Pass! Wrong answer
Beat's me... Wrong answer
The answer's a lemon Wrong answer
3 Question level
What is the meaning of life? Question
Depends on the dictionary Correct answer
72.5 Wrong answer
Don't know the answer to that one! Wrong answer
I'll get back to you! Wrong answer

Here's what's important:

  • Put the question level (1-15) on the first line

  • The second line should contain the actual question

  • Next comes the correct answer. It's vital that you put the correct answer first!

  • Then come three wrong answers

You should put each separate element on a new line. Likewise, make sure that you don't have any line breaks in your questions or answers because that will muck things up!

You don't need to leave a one line (or more) space between each question and answer set as in the example above. However, it makes editing easier and it won't cause any problems.

There's no need to add the "A.", "B.", "C." or "D." text to your answers. The game does that automatically, in addition to randomising the order of the answers.

You don't need to enter questions in any particular order. For example, you could have a level 7 question followed by a level 2 question, or a level 15 question. The choice is yours!

You can of course include more than one question of the same level, as in the example above. When this happens, the game picks a question at random to use. Once again, as order is not important, there's no need to put questions of the same level next to each other.

Likewise, there's no need to have a complete set of questions. However, remember that if you're playing using a questions file that doesn't contain a question for each level, then high scores won't be recorded.

When saving your questions file, you should ideally give it one of the following extensions:

  • .txt

  • .psw (Pocket Word)

  • .pm

Don't forget to submit your questions file... it will make the world a better place!

If you have any questions, please send me a mail and I'll do my best to help out.

Pocket Millionaire is freeware, by Mike Wagstaff.

This program is completely free of charge. Enjoy!

If you have any questions that aren't answered in the manual, please feel free to send me a mail.

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