Welcome to the game guide for SparkNovo, the couples game. To get started with playing the game, you will need to Register for your free SparkNovo account. Please visit the SparkNovo Support forum for help or the SparkNovo Discussion forum for information or to ask questions to the community.
There are some important differences between your SparkNovo site profile and your gaming profile.
Your site profile can be found by clicking your name in the logged-in form. This takes you to your profile where you can view and change your preferences for site notifications (messaging, forums), screen names, email addresses, site social features, profile photo, and other similar features.
Your gaming profile is found on the Play page. This is where you can track your partners, games, custom tasks, and game notification preferences.
An important difference to note is the visibility of your names and how they are displayed to other members:
- username: This is your unique SparkNovo login username that you chose at registration (visible as @username in your profile).
- Name: This is your display name. Other members of the site will see this name when you use the forums and send messages to other members.
- Nickname: This name is used for in-game use. Only your current partners will be able to see this name.
Only your Name and Nickname are editable within your profile after registration. Your Gender selection in your profile (also editable) is similar to your Nickname in that it is private and only required for use in the game.
Each player is assigned a series of tasks within different categories of activities. Points are awarded for completing tasks and the total points awarded depends on how well the task was completed, as judged by their partner. The number of points accumulated by each player determines their level in each of the categories. Point rewards increase with each level, but so do task difficulty and the amount of preparation required. Options are available to allow for exchanging tasks that players do not want to complete.
Follow the menu link Play to access your game page. You can manage current partners, games, custom tasks, and game settings from this page.
In order to play, you’ll need a partner; otherwise it wouldn’t be very much fun! To add a partner, you can either request to partner with an existing SparkNovo member (use the search form to find them using their email address) or you can send an email invitation to your partner (using the email form). Once a partner request has been initiated, it needs to be accepted by the other partner before play can begin. Once confirmed, a game between the partners is initiated. From the confirmed partners menu you can play the current game with that partner, reset the current game with that partner, or delete the partner from your confirmed partners list.
The custom tasks menu is where you can create, edit, delete, and submit your custom tasks. The edit page is self-explanatory, and there are help bubbles on mouseover to guide you through the process. The activate button makes a task available in your games. When set to off, you can view and edit the task, but it will not be among the possible tasks in your games. Tasks can be submitted for inclusion into the database for all users of SparkNovo using the submit button. Once a task is submitted, you won’t be able to see it in your custom tasks and it won’t be available in-game until approved by an administrator (you may be contacted by email). Please follow the guidelines below for submitting a custom task:
- Do not submit copyrighted or plagiarized material.
- Double-check your spelling and grammar. Feel free to ask other members for help with this on the forum.
- Try to not submit tasks that are similar to others already in the database.
- Changes may need to be made to the task text, category, or level. You will be notified of any major changes.
Game Settings include your preferences for game notifications. On this page, you can select for which game and partner events you would like to receive email notifications. These notifications are useful because, at times, you will be waiting for your partner to make selections in the game. Note that these notifications are different from account notifications, which includes site-wide notices, account changes, private messaging, and forum subscriptions; these settings are found within your profile, which can be viewed by clicking your name while logged in to SparkNovo.
To access your current game with a partner, click the play button in the Partners table. The following items should be visible on the Game page.
The categories that the tasks are divided into are listed on the left side of the table. Some of these only become visible once you have completed certain levels within other categories (for example, category 1 level 1 needs to be completed before category 3 level 1 is available). Category descriptions can be viewed by holding the mouse over the category image.
Points that you have acquired for task completion within each category are indicated on each row of the game table. Your total points are calculated at the bottom of the game table. The transaction row includes any point correction needed for point expenditures you have made, and includes points paid and received in the game in exchange for items (i.e., swap, shuffle).
There are three levels of tasks within each category. Your current level, and the level of the task that you are assigned, is determined by your point total in a given category.
Escapes: Swap and Shuffle
Swap or Shuffle can be used to exchange tasks that you do not wish to complete. Each player is given a few swaps and shuffles at the beginning of the game. Extra swaps or shuffles can be purchased in exchange for points. When you use a swap, your partner is given a choice of what task you will be assigned. When you use a shuffle, a new task of the same level is randomly selected for you.
When waiting for your partner to respond to a request, such as a confirmation of task completion or a swap, the waiting button will be visible in place of the GO button in the game table. Clicking the waiting button will display the details and offer you the opportunity to withdraw the request; however, once your partner responds to the request, withdrawing the request is no longer an option.
Your currently assigned task within each category can be viewed by clicking the GO button. The task view includes the task name, category, level, and total maximum points for the task. Also included are descriptions of the planning required and how the task should be executed. At the bottom are several buttons. Once you have completed a task, select complete to submit the completed task for confirmation and point allocation by your partner. Other buttons include swap and shuffle; these buttons are used to swap or shuffle the current task for another one.
Please be safe and use common sense when playing and completing tasks in SparkNovo. As game content has been submitted by site members with a variety of different tastes, experience, and backgrounds, there are going to be many different types of activities suggested. Remember that these activities are only suggestions. Some of these activities may be new to you, may require special safety precautions, or could even be downright dangerous. If you have doubts about anything, do some research of your own, discuss it with your partner, or ask for guidance from others in the SparkNovo forum or elsewhere.