Bullshit Bingo

This Flash applet allows you to easily create a fun Bingo game to play with your friends at meetings, debates, TV shows, movies, etc.  Pay attention to the show, and mark the boxes that match what is said, or what happens.  The first one to get a row, column or diagonal 'wins'.  Make up whatever rules you like. 

The only real features this has over any other web-based B.S. Bingo is that you can print out as many uniquely shuffled cards as you need, and make your own Bingo games trivially, for a party, for a meeting, for whatever.

A quick web search will yield up many more examples than I could elaborate here.


Be sure to use words likely to be spoken.  You can have many more bingo phrases than can be displayed on one card, so large crowds can play without the game being too easy.  TOO much variety, especially with too few people, or too short a presentation, and nobody may win.  If you are preparing a speech for an audience, you can prepare the bingo game at the same time to guarantee it works.

Caution: There are probably situations where shouting out 'BINGO!!!' is not appropriate, no matter how excited you feel.

If the noises may be disturbing to other people in a meeting, be sure to turn your device's volume all the way down, since OTHER kinds of noises made when someone IMs you, or email arrives, etc. would be similarly annoying. 

You can play a canned Bingo activity on the site, or you can edit your own and use that to print Bingo cards for your friends and coworkers to play with.

Any web device that supports Flash, such as an Android phone, notebook, netbook, tablet, PC clone, Mac, etc.  Steve Jobs hates Flash and Open Source, so you can't play it on an iPhone/iPad/iPod/iMaxiPad/etc. device, though someone is sure to clone this and charge you money to download it as an i* app, even though everyone else can play it for free.  Naturally they'd remove this statement and the copyleft statements, then insist what a good deal you're getting, paying for stuff freely available on the web to anyone with a device that doesn't suck so much it can't even have a Flash plugin.

The icons at the bottom of the screen are the UI.  You may have to scroll a browser to see them.  The layout is for filling a US 'letter' format document (8.5"x11").  It will scale to fit any page.

When you print, fill in the text field next to the printing press to set how many copies you want. Each page will be randomized and different, so only one player will 'win' at a time when you play.  That makes it more exciting.  The big OS-dependent dialog box that says 'number of copies' will make that many copies, per version of the page.  So if for some reason, you wanted ten copies, all the same, enter '1' in the text field, and then when your printer dialog pops up and asks how many, set the number there.  Otherwise, just set the number next to the printer icon, and 'OK' the dialogs, and out will pop the game sheets, just the way you need them. 

Some printer drivers have 'multiple pages' on a page settings, and this will allow you to print many smaller bingo sheets, if used correctly and followed up with a pair of scissors.

Most operating systems that don't suck have a 'Save as PDF' option, so you can preview what the forms will look like without killing a tree.  Or pre-print to the PDF and have them printed 'for real' on someone else's printer.

The Camera icon will take a snapshot of your screen, so you can post the picture on a web site, such as after viewing a Youtube video, or reading a forum debate and getting 'Bingo' on it.

The Thunder-Cloud icon will reset all of the stamps and randomize the page for a fresh game. 

Click on the Paper+Pencil to access the the editor.

The editor is about as simple as I could make it.  If you don't have enough items to fill the bingo sheet, a red box is revealed.  When that is covered, you have enough items to cover a card.  You can have many more.  Give your Bingo a title.  Click the '*' icon to add items.  Edit the text in the little box, provided.  Click the check icon to save that change, or the 'x' icon to cancel it.  Click the 'x' icon on an item to remove it.  Click 'Done' when you are done making changes.

The folders are for 'saving' and 'loading' the bingo items.  They don't actually go to a server.  They go to/from an XML file on your hard drive, and the locally running Flash applet in your browser.  Don't forget to save. 

The XML format is dirt simple, and if you choose to get fancy, you can add links and embed images and all manner of things in the html text, in that xml file by MANUALLY editing it.  If you do make 'fancy' text, be sure to wrap it in <![CDATA[]]>, to keep the XML parser happy, and not have to escape all kinds of things.  Be sure also to keep your html use within the scope of what the Flash HTML parser can handle.

To put a bingo game on a web server, copy the contents of the 'deploy' folder, customising it as you see fit (but leave the open source comments in this file) to a publicly available folder, according to whatever hoops your ISP makes you jump through.  Substitute the 'bingo.xml' file with your own bingo.xml, and you're in business.

If you want to accumulate bingo.xml content, you can solicit that and receive it through email or whatever other ways are available to you to send/receive the XML file, then post different 'bingo' games in different server folders, and make yourself an index.html to get at them.

Open Source And Copyleft/Copyright Statements

Bullshit Bingo
Copyright (C) 2011, David Mace

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or
(at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
along with this program.  If not, see <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/>.

The full source code, and copies of the other resources are available at https://sourceforge.net/projects/bsbingo/

Also uses <swfobjec>
Which uses the MIT License

Icons from the Crystal Clear icon set by Everaldo Coelho. – The icons are licensed under the GNU Lesser General Public License http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Crystal_Clear

The camera snapshot feature uses the Mike Chambers as3corelib PNGEncoder class. 
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