60 questions each night – 12 categories with five questions each. We announce each category as it comes up, read through the questions, and move onto the next category. Questions cover everything from basic chemistry to pop culture to whether or not Keanu Reeves is Canadian (he is). Don’t expect to get many right – this is hardest trivia in town, after all.
The first question in each category is worth one point, the second two, and so on with the last question in each round worth five points. Each team has a chance to double their points one category. Teams must let us know which category they’d like to double after we’ve announced what the category is but before the first question in that category is asked. Each team must use their double, so any team left with theirs must use it on the last category.
Teams hand in their sheets every 20 questions. We’ll go through the answers with you after we’ve graded them and handed them back. Afterward, we’ll update you on your score and where you stand vs. everyone else. Make sure you score along with us and double check our math. There’s beer involved, so we might screw something up. We’re not going back to change scores later on in the night, so pay attention!
Each team is allowed six members. Larger teams are welcome, but take a 15 point penalty for each person over six. Large teams can split into smaller teams to avoid the penalty, but cannot share answers.
Prizes will be announced each night at the beginning of the game. Prizes can vary, but generally fall along these lines:
1st prize: Bar tab to wherever you’re playing trivia
2nd prize: Smaller bar tab to wherever you’re playing trivia
3rd prize: Pitcher of beer
We usually also give out a prize for the highest score in each 20-question round (when you hand in your sheets). Sometimes we have stuff to give away to everyone just for the sake of it.
If the regular crowd is interested, we run leagues run for eight weeks at a time. Normal week-to-week scoring and prizes apply. In addition, each team receives one league point for every team they beat each week plus a three point bonus for taking first place. The team with the most points over eight weeks wins the league and first choice of the league prizes. League prizes vary and consist of whatever we can gather. Quarter barrel parties, pizza parties, Schlit coolers, grills, neon signs and the like. The second place team gets their pick of what’s left, and so on until the prizes are gone.
Don’t be a dick; it’s just bar trivia. Phones, laptops, iPads, etc. – anything you can use to look up answers – must not be used during the game. Feel free to bring them back out once we’ve collected your answer sheets.