When faced with an information need, different users are likely to issue different queries. A renewed interest in these user query variations has resulted in a number of collections, tasks, and studies which utilize multiple queries for each topic. The most commonly applied technique for generating query variations is to show a short backstory to a pool of crowdworkers, and ask each of them to provide a keyword query that they would expect to provide more information pertaining to the backstory. In this short paper we explore whether the length of the backstory and the mode in which the backstory is conveyed to crowdworkers affect the resulting queries. Our experiments demonstrate that both the length of the backstory and the mode in which the backstory is delivered influence the resultant query variations; and that there is a consequent downstream implication in terms of forming the judgment pools necessary to assess systems in the presence of query variations.