How will we play on teams? It’s COVID you guys, we can’t go to each other’s houses.
First of all, seeing your friends IRL is so 2019. You and your teammates can collaborate in any way you’d like — you might want to have a WhatsApp group chat or everyone on speaker phone, or a concurrent Zoom call of just team members. The only methods that we really don’t recommend are telepathy and faxing.
How can we do two concurrent Zoom calls? Won’t that be very noisy?
Yes, it can be very noisy depending on the loudness of your team members (you know who you are).
No, I meant because it’s two concurrent Zoom calls.
Right. In order to avoid a pretty horrific feedback situation, we suggest that only one person on your team keep the sound on the main call. You will all listen to the questions through that person’s computer speaker.
What if we have the first problem and we can’t hear the questions?
The questions will also be presented over PowerPoint, so you can read them as well.
How many people per team?
Each team is made up of a maximum of six households, regardless of how many adults there are per household.
I don’t have any smart friends. Can I play alone?
Yes, or you can indicate that you’d like to be placed on a team with people looking for extra teammates.
Can you guarantee that my new teammates will be as smart as I am?
No. But we can guarantee that they will be as nice as you are.
My spouse and I are very competitive. Can two people from the same household be on different teams?
Yes. You will need two tickets and two separate logins. And possibly separate sleeping arrangements.
We have chosen a super-hilarious team name that may or may not involve the words “Glebe” and “winners” and “trivia”. Should that be our login name?
Yes! When you log in make sure your team name is first. So If your team name was say “Glebe Trivia Winners” you would put that as your login name.
How do you know our team name?! Is this not a secure connection?
Please contact your Internet service provider.
How will it work?
Questions will be read and presented over Power Point (or played, for the music round) by our Trivia Master, twice each. In that time, you will collaborate with your teammates and then your team captain will record your team’s final answer. At the end of every second round, answers will be read out, you will mark your own answers, tally, and submit your scores.
Wait! What? We are marking our own answers? How do we stop people from cheating?
Well, first of all, people can also cheat when they are answering the questions. Their sixth teammate might be Alexa, or Siri, or Jeeves. But then what’s the point in playing? Also, we have some moles scattered around the neighbourhood, ready to make a citizen’s arrest and ban you from all future Trivia Nights and Taste in the Glebe events if you are caught cheating.
No. Just don’t cheat, okay?
Last time there were a few people using Google to argue with the Trivia Master. Is Google allowed now?
No. It’s not. The Trivia Master’s word is final. If you come back at us with an example from Google you will be called out as a cheating cheater.
But what if I’m only using Google to prove a point?
We have decided to take the rhino by the (keratin) horns. No Googling from the start of the game until the end. You can do it.
How long will it last?
About two hours. But it will be so much fun that it will feel like one hour and forty-five minutes.
Will we ever get to see our team?
Yes! There will be a fifteen minute intermission where you and your teammates will have the option to join a team breakout room, so that you can all point fingers at the person who keeps giving you the most wrong answers (and ostensibly so you can say hi to your friends).
What’s the prize?
The Neighbourhood Exceptional Reasoning Distinction
Isn’t that just an acronym for NERD?.
How do we choose the team captain?
Choose someone kind of nerdy and officious, and also, gullible. I’m telling my husband that he’s been chosen because he’s the smartest.
Can young children join in?
This activity is geared toward adults. We recommend that you put your kids to bed, or in front of a video. It’s not like you don’t get to see them. It’s a pandemic. They go to school in your actual home.
But my kids are exceptionally smart.
Can they join then?
Well, as long as the moles don’t find out.
You said there were no moles.
That’s not actually a question.
I’m really bad at trivia. Should I still play?
Yes! There will be a variety of fun questions in many different areas, aimed at every skill level (but if you care about winning and are really bad, try to find teammates who are a little smarter than you are).
I don’t really like trivia, should I still play?
Yes, but not on my team.