Bible Grand Slam 3.0* Tech Notes & Question Editor Tutorial
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NOTE: We’ve been carrying Bible Grand Slam CD (“BGS”) since version 1. When the company licensing BGS went out of business, we contacted the original developer and brought it back in print. The editor was updated to accommodate newer operating systems. It’s available below. The Editor takes a little getting used to, but you’ll be a pro in no time.
If you have Windows 7 or 8, you’ll want to download the free Updated Question Editor that works with Bible Grand Slam. After downloading it, unzip the downloaded file and install the editor application where you have Bible Grand Slam installed. Then, read the helpful Question Editor Tutorial Below!
If you have questions about the Editor download, read the box below. It’s a small download which can be copied to a disc or flash drive and taken to any computer where you have Grand Slam installed.
BIBLE GRAND SLAM INSTALLATION NOTES:
Typically, you’d place the CD in the drive of the computer where you want to install Grand Slam game. The installation file on the CD is “CDstarter.exe”. Depending on your computer, this file may or may not autorun when you place the CD in your CD drive. If it doesn’t start, look for it on the CD’s files using Windows Explorer (aka: My Computer, “Computer,” or “This PC” on your desktop) and double click it.
When you get to the Bible Grand Slam installation menu, IGNORE several items on the CD’s starter menu which are defunct. These include the Bible Games Co website links, Help Files, and Registration page. (Remember that we brought this back in print, but the developer did not change the installer.)
- Install the Bible Grand Slam Game first.
- Then install the Question Editor using THIS updated editor → BGEditorsetup.zip, (and not the one on the CD). See my notes below about downloading this file. This revised editor works in Windows 7 and 8.
JANUARY 2014 NOTE: If you received your new copies of Bible Grand Slam AFTER January 1, 2014, you will need to download the following Updated Question Editor and run it. It’s a small file that you will need to unzip and install. It will install a new Windows Vista/7/8 Compatible Question Editor. NEW EDITOR DOWNLOAD NOTES:
JANUARY 2014 NOTE:
If you received your new copies of Bible Grand Slam AFTER January 1, 2014, you will need to download the following Updated Question Editor and run it. It’s a small file that you will need to unzip and install. It will install a new Windows Vista/7/8 Compatible Question Editor.
NEW EDITOR DOWNLOAD NOTES:
Misc Tech Notes:
After opening BGS, click the full window icon in the upper right corner to get it to fill the screen. You can also drag the corners of the BGS screen to resize the window.
During Installation or Operation of the BGS game or Editor….
In Vista or Windows 7 or 8, if you get an “error 339” permissions message, it means you need to RIGHT click the desktop shortcut and select “Run as Administrator.”
Depending on your version of Windows, you may also need to RIGHT click the Question editor program’s icon and select “Run as Admin”.
In Vista or Windows 7 or 8, if you are trying to install the Question Editor and you get an error message saying “SETUP.EXE cannot start or run due to incompatibility with 64-bit versions of Windows”, then download and install the new Updated Question Editor. See instructions above.
The Editor’s Help and Report functions no longer work (unnecessary too).
TO OPEN THE EDITOR, click the TOOLS option in the main Bible Grand Slam game screen. You’ll see the Question File Editor launch button there.
(Alternately, click the file “Wbbe3.exe” in the installed game folder: c:/programs86/BibleGrandSlam).
If you want to edit the MAIN question set that came with the game, select FILE, then OPEN, then look in c:\ program files \ biblegrandslam to find the Bible.qus file.
UNDERSTANDING THE EDITOR
With the editor…
♦ You can create new sets, edit existing sets, and edit individual questions.
♦ “Saving” your questions, edits, and sets is important. Read carefully!!
♦ Always click “SAVE NEW” after typing a new question.
♦ Always click SAVE before exiting a set.
♦ Many common actions found in the drop-down items are also represented as icons.
During the “Save” process, when giving your question set a name, always remember to add the extension “.qus” to your question set file name. The editor won’t do it for you. If you accidentally forget, you can open the editor, then click FILE, then OPEN, and then right click your file name and select “RENAME” and add the .qus file extension. Without the .qus file extension, the Grand Slam game won’t be able to see your set.
When you first open the Editor, there is no file selected. Click FILE, then OPEN to select an existing file. Or, click FILE, then NEW to create a new file and start adding questions.
TIP: After opening an existing file, clicking a question on the list allows you to then scroll up or down the list using your keyboard arrow keys.
TIP: The icons will appear greyed-out until you select either an existing file, or create a new one.
To edit an existing question…
Click FILE, OPEN, and select your existing set. Then highlight your question from the list, (or highlight any question and scroll up/down using your arrow keys to find the right question). The lower box with the question text will now be editable.
After making changes to the question, you can move on to the next question you want to edit in that set.
After you finishing editing in the set, click SAVE to save the set.
When editing a question, it is automatically saved when you move on to edit another question. When a question has been modified since the file was last saved, an “M” will appear in the third column of the grid (M = Modified). However, before exiting the Editor, you MUST click the SAVE ICON to save all your edits.
(This ‘save’ process when editing an existing question is different than when you are ADDING a new question. When adding a new question, you must click “save new” after typing it in.)
To add a new question to an existing file:
First, open the existing file by clicking FILE then OPEN and selecting your file.
Next, click the “New” button on the toolbar or select “Actions” then “Add” from the menu. At this point, the user must fill in all the fields in the lower section.
When ADDING a new question, you MUST click the “Save New” button after adding the new question text. (Note: The Save New button only appears in Add mode.)
To create a new Question set:
1. Click FILE in the Question Editor, then NEW. The editor is now ready for your first question.
2. Type your first question in the Question Field. Complete the Answer fields and Book/Reference/Level/Correct fields. Don’t worry, if you don’t complete a field the editor will prompt you. Remember to use numbers in the Reference field, or you’ll get an error message about it. Uncheck “validate” to speed up the process.
3. Once you’ve created one question, click SAVE NEW, then click the “Add Question” icon to add another question. (you click “save new” after you edit in each new question)
TIP: Every Question Set must have at least one question you have designated as a single, double, triple and homerun. If you only give it one ‘single’ the game will keep using that question everytime the player selects ‘single’.
HOT TIP: When giving your question set a name, always remember to add the extension “.qus” to your question set file name. The editor won’t do it for you. If you accidentally forget, you can click FILE, then OPEN, and then right click your file name and select “RENAME” and add the .qus file extension so that the game can find it.
Alternate way of editing the stock question set that comes with the program:
Some people have asked if they can edit the stock question set (Bible.qus). The answer is yes, you can pull it up in the Question Editor. But if you want to pull questions from it into your own groups of files, or want to delete whole sections of questions (or make a lot of quick changes, there is an ALTERNATE way to edit the stock set of questions. Here it is:
1. Navigate through Windows Explorer to the program’s default installation folder — c:\Program Files \ GrandSlam
2. RIGHT CLICK the Bible.qus file.
3. Select “open” and click the “select from list” option.
4. Select NOTEPAD and click OK. This will bring up all the questions and allow you to edit them manually.
This approach is only recommended for those with some computer/file knowledge.
If you’re creating question sets, you need to follow the advice on these graphics:
Oddities for Techies:
On some operating systems, you cannot ‘see’ the question files you create by using Windows Explorer. Only the Question Editor can ‘see’ those files when you select FILE then OPEN. Why? Who knows. However, if you forget to add “.qus” to your new question set, the Editor won’t show you the file unless you select File Type: All instead of File Type QUS.
Note about the Computer Teams you can play against:
If you choose to play against the computer….Each computer team has its own strengths and weaknesses. For instance, the “Patriarchs” will do real well on questions from the beginning of the Old Testament, but they won’t do very well on New Testament questions. “Adam and Eve” were not around when the Bible was written, so they won’t do real well on questions from any area of the Bible. But watch out for the “Angels”, because they have been around the whole time!
1. Keep this in mind when you’re looking for files and trying to move files. Depending on which edition you have of Grand Slam, the Question Editor installs to the folder c:\program files\house on the rock software. But the Grand Slam game itself installs in c:\program files\biblegrandslam).
OLDER EDITOR FOLDER LOCATION NOTE:
Use Windows Explorer to MOVE the Question Editor folder into the BibleGrandSlam folder so it’s all together, and then remember to change the installed shortcut to the Editor to reflect the new location.That way six months later when you don’t remember any of this, and you go to search for a question set, you know to drill down in the game’s folder and don’t have to remember that question sets were saved in the “house on the rock” folder. Alternately, you can change the Question Editor’s folder name to “Question Editor” instead of “House on the Rock Software.” The point is that when you want to play Grand Slam with a set of your own making, the file dialog boxes will ask you “where to find sets” and you need to know where you saved them. Keeping it all in the same folder with the game is easy to remember.
Tips on Teaching with Quizzes
Good teachers know that every question and every set of possible answers, is an opportunity for discussion.
Write questions and answers that make kids read carefully and think.
Encourage kids to discuss answers before clicking (some kids take over and answer too quickly). Best to rotate who gets to click the screen.
Include quiz questions that promote reflection, and not just trivia. For example, ask “Which of the following answers summarizes what the story of the Prodigal Son teaches…” Or, “If you were the Older Son, what do you think he should have done in the story?”
Keep your questions and answers short.
Include a question asking the Book/Chapter/Verse of the passage you are quizzing them about.
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