QB1 Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why wasn't QB1 playing at my favorite location?
A: QB1 is a selectable game on the Buzztime 1 channel this year. If you don't see QB1 on the screens, just ask your server to put it on for you! They can go into the Manager Functions menu on the Playmaker to choose a selectable game. If you want to go somewhere that has the game playing as the default game, check out this list of QB1 locations!
Q: Let's say a receiver jumps in the air to catch a pass at 11 or 12 yards beyond the line of scrimmage (PASS DEEP territory), but he gets knocked back by a defensive player and lands at 9 yards (PASS SHORT territory). The referee spots the ball for a first down, acknowledging the receiver's forward progress to 11 yards from the line. Why isn't the Official Play-Call PASS DEEP?
A: Where the referee spots the ball after such a play has no bearing on the Official Play-Call. The QB1 rule for marking PASS calls states that the determination is made based on where the receiver first makes contact with the field, after either making the catch or attempting to do so. In this instance, the receiver's first foot landed at 9 yards, making the Official Play-Call PASS SHORT. We have found this to be the clearest and most consistently accurate way to make judgments on PASS calls.
Q: The camera coverage missed the snap, but the result of the play was plainly seen. Why is the Official Play-Call NO PLAY?
A: The reasoning behind the NO PLAY in the case of a missed snap due to poor camera coverage is two-fold. First, there is the possibility of having missed a key aspect of the play which would have been necessary to determine the Official Play-Call. There are times when the cameras come back to the field in mid-play or later. The second reason is that it puts QB1 players at a disadvantage when trying to make an educated prediction. Not being able to see the offensive alignment before the snap is taken, makes a prediction too much like a guess. So, regardless of whether the result of the play is seen, a NO PLAY is called.
Q: The QB just "took a knee" to run out the clock. What is the Official Play-Call?
A: RUN SCRAMBLE. The best call for a QB1 player to make when he suspects the QB will take a knee is basic RUN.
Q: Let's say a Receiver is running a route 15 yards downfield, heading toward the sideline. The QB is under pressure and unloads the ball in the general direction of the Receiver, but well out of bounds. Why is the Official Play-Call PASS SCRAMBLE?
A: There will inevitably be some gray areas with plays like these. Our rule of thumb is this: if, in our estimation, the QB had any intention whatsoever of completing the pass, and tried to give the Receiver the slightest chance to make the catch, then the distance and direction is called (PASS DEEP RIGHT, etc). If, in our estimation, the intention of the pass was entirely to throw the ball away and avoid a loss on the play, then the Official Play-Call is PASS SCRAMBLE.
Q: Can I predict kicking plays? Are they worth points? What about fakes?
A: Kicking plays are not a part of QB1 scoring. No points are awarded on kickoffs, punts, or field goals. The only situation in which a fake is called is when the kicking team breaks kick or punt formation, lines up under center, and takes a traditional offensive snap.
Q: My points were just wiped out because a PENALTY was called on the play. Why don't I get to keep my points?
A: As much as possible, we try to keep our rules consistent with the NFL's. In the NFL, a play called back due to a Penalty is not recorded as an official play. In accordance with that standard, a QB1 PENALTY Play-Call overrides the initial Official Play-Call, scores no points, and resets all GAMEBREAKERS to their previous status. However, in the case of a Dead Ball Foul, the Official Play-Call stands, and is not changed to PENALTY. This also coincides with the NFL standard.
Q. When can I change my play-call?
A. At any time before the snap of the ball. Then the play is locked out by the NTN referees.
Q. Do I have to make every play-call?
A. No. You're not required to make every play-call, but other players may pass you by if they are correctly making more play-calls than you.
Q. How often can I use my gamebreaker and what is the result?
A. You may use your gamebreaker once every set of downs. Gamebreakers allow you the opportunity to double your points if you are correct, but double the loss if you are incorrect, so use them wisely!
Q: What is the pregame QB1 Sync and how does it work?
A: Before the kickoff of each QB1 game, locations have the ability to synchronize the broadcast feed they're watching with the feed Buzztime is using. All that's required are players at the site hitting "Enter" on their Playmaker the instant the ball is kicked. Early or late execution will cause an inaccurate sync in which players at that site will either be cut-off too early, or be able to put play-calls in late. If there's a problem at your site the manager can call Buzztime Customer Service to manually sync their feed. This usually happens in merely a play or two your site is synced-up for the remainder of that QB1 game for the best QB1 experience.
Q: I scored 90,000 points in the QB1 game. Why didn't I see my score in the rankings?
A: Because broadcast feeds can vary by as much as 10-plus seconds depending on your service (cable or satellite) and location (country/city), some locations will see plays earlier than others, while others sites will see plays later than what we do in our production studio. The aforementioned QB1 Sync was created to give players/sites the opportunity to play on a level playing field no matter which feed they're playing on to calibrate with our feed at Buzztime. In some instances players/sites choose to put QB1 play-calls in after they've already seen the play happen and post bogus and inflated scores. We attempt to remove the cheating players/sites before displaying our rankings as a courtesy to those playing QB1 as it was intended to be played.
Q: I used to play QB1 online but I can't find it now. Where did it go?
A: Buzztime is no longer offering QB1 online. To find a location near you please visit our site finder!
Q: How many PlayersPlus Points do I get for playing QB1?
A: You will receive 3000 PlayersPlus points for participating in QB1 and earn an additional 3000 PlayersPlus points if you score at least 9000 points in the game.