Trivia List Creation Guide

The Trivia cog allows you to create your own “trivia lists”, which are then processed in the cog - allowing you to create as many questions as you’d like, with easy to use syntax.

Getting Started

Let’s start off by creating a file named mytrivia.yaml. Our trivia list will be named after the file, so in this case, it will be called mytrivia.

Author Field

We should first include an AUTHOR field, to let the user know who wrote the questions.

When the user starts the trivia, the author(s) will be sent in the starting message (see below).


The following should be placed at the top of your file, replacing “Red” with your name:


If there are multiple authors, we can separate them with commas.

AUTHOR: Red, Rojo, Rouge

Questions and Answers

Writing questions and answers is simple. Once you’ve finished your AUTHOR field, you can move on to your questions just below.

Questions should consist of at least one answer, with other possible answers included if necessary. You must put a colon at the end of the question, for example:

How many days are there in a regular year?:

Answers will follow below, each separated by a line break and with a hyphen at the start of the line.

How many days are there in a regular year?:
- 365
- three hundred and sixty five

It’s always nice to include alternative answers if a question needs it. We can add as many valid answers as we’d like below this question. Answers are NOT case sensitive, so you don’t need to worry about adding the same answer multiple times in different casings.

There are multiple special characters in YAML, such as colons, hashtags, hyphens and more. If these characters are included within our questions or answers, you’ll need to enclose the content with quotation marks.

"Who is the #1 followed user on Twitter?":

If we didn’t have these quotation marks, the question would not render.

Who is the #1 followed user on Twitter?:


We can also include line breaks within our questions by using \n, like this for example:

"My first line\nMy second line":

As you’ve added more questions, your file should look something like this:

How many days are there in a regular year?:
- 365
- three hundred and sixty five
"Who is the #1 followed user on Twitter?":
- Barack Obama
- Obama
What is the only sea without any coasts?:
- Sargasso
- Sargasso Sea
Who won the Premier League in 2015?:
- Chelsea
- chelsea f.c.
How much money is a US Olympic gold medalist awarded?:
- $25,000
- 25,000
- 25k
- 25000
- $25000

You can keep adding questions until you are satisfied, and then you can upload and play your very own trivia! See here for more details.

Still stuck? Take a look at the core trivia lists for reference.