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Family Tree Bingo Game

  To reach the Family Tree Bingo Setup screen, choose Family Tree BINGO from the Other Reports button on the Reports tab on the Ribbon bar.

All work and no play is a bit boring...  Legacy now includes a fun game that can be played by groups small and large.  It is a great activity at a family reunion get-together or on a family game night.

Family Tree Bingo is very similar to the classic bingo game you grew up knowing except that in this variation Legacy gathers pictures from your family file and you are trying to match the pictures and names to end up with a complete row horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.   There are several options that you can choose to customize your game cards:
  • Title - The word BINGO is placed above the five picture columns of the card but you can specify a title line to go above it.
  • Number of Bingo Cards - Bingo cards are generated in random order from the collection of pictures that you have specified.  Each card is different from all the others.  Print enough cards to cover the size of the group of people playing the game.  There are two general ways to handle the cards during a game: One is to have the participants put an X on each picture as they are called out. When a player gets five in a row, either across, up-and-down, or diagonally, they call out, "BINGO!" and win the game.  In this case the cards are not reusable so new cards must be handed out for the next game.  The other way to play is to have the players just place a marker on the matching pictures.  This way the cards can be used again.  When playing this way (trying to reuse the cards) you could also have the cards laminated with plastic so that the players could mark the pictures with a dry-erase felt pen that could be wiped off at the end of each game.  Use your imagination...
  • Starting Card Number - When the cards are printed, a Card Number is printed on each one.  You can choose the starting card number if you want to.
  • Picture Grid Size - You can select the size of the picture grid.  This, of course, is limited by the size of paper you are printing on.  The grid looks best if the width and height are the same.
  • Include Caller Cards - Caller Cards are used by the game leader to announce the pictures in a random order.  If you plan on playing five games, you should print five Caller Cards.  The card for each game has a place to record the winner person's name and their Bingo card number.
  • Include pictures - Choose this option to include the picture of each person you are calling out as the game leader.
  • Include relationship term - Game pictures are often selected by choosing all the pictures starting from a certain ancestor.  It is fun to announce the relationship to this common ancestor while calling out the picture names.

    Whose Pictures - The group of pictures used to generate the Bingo cards can be selected from the following options:
  • Tagged individuals - Select the desired tag number.  Pictures will be collected from those people's individual pictures (either the preferred picture of each one or the first tagged picture of each one - depending on the option you choose from the Which Pictures box).
  • Descendants - Choose the starting ancestor and how many generations of descendants by clicking the Select button.
  • Ancestors - Choose the starting person and how many generations of ancestors by clicking the Select button.
  • Focus Groups - Choose or create a Focus Group from which to collect pictures by clicking the Select button.  See Focus Groups for more information.
  • Hashtag Groups - Create a group of people who have a common Hashtag by clicking the Select button.  See Hashtags for more information.

    Picture Options
    You can choose from one or more of the picture group options to create the pool of pictures to use for the cards.  For example, if collecting pictures from the descendants of a person results in fewer than the minimum required 24 pictures to fill a card, you can add to the pool by choose from one or more of the other options - perhaps creating a Hashtag group of other people who will be at the family reunion.

    Which Pictures - You can choose between the Preferred picture for each individual or the First tagged picture.

    Missing Pictures - When collection all the pictures from your selected option(s), there may be one or more who do not currently have a picture attached to them (for example, cousin Mary who still hasn't sent you a picture of herself even though you have asked her a dozen times...).  In these cases you can choose to just include a male or female silhouette generic graphic for them, or you can choose to skip the picture-less people from the group.

    Names - Having just the pictures on a Bingo card can be a bit challenging for some people when the caller announces just a name.  Therefore Legacy includes the name of each person on the card either under the picture or on a separate sheet.  You also have the option of including the lifespan of each person.

    Name Style - Choose between the full name of each person, just the given name(s), or just the first name.  Including just the given names or just the first names often adds a bit more challenge to the matching process...  You also have the option to use quoted portions of the given names as the first name under the picture.  For example, Katherine "Kate" would just show Kate under the picture.

    Printing the Game Pieces
    When you have set all the options, click either the Preview button to see an on-screen view of the Bingo and Caller cards before it is actually printed, or click Print to have them sent directly to the printer.

    Note:  The settings for the Family Tree Bingo screen are saved in a file called Bingo.usr in the [My Documents]\Legacy Family Tree\_AppData\Usr folder.

    Change Fonts
    You can set the font name and size used to print the labels and record information on the report.  Click Change Fonts to display the Report Fonts window.

    Page Setup
    Click Page Setup... to change the margins, page orientation, line spacing and print size.  (See Page Setup for more information.) 

    Printer Setup
    Lets you change the page size before generating the report.  You can also change the target printer and its specific settings.

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