For the duration of our stay in purgatory (i.e. the world’s longest lockdown, take that Guiness Book), a group of friends and I have kept sane through an every-Friday ritual: a trivia night inspired heavily by the format of GeekFight! Trivia Nights.
We’re all somewhat familiar with the format of a quiz night, but how do you make that Jeopardy image in your head more your own? The best part about having a quiz night with friends is that you can customize it to your liking — fill it with inside jokes and references that only you would understand! Not to toot our own horn, but I feel like my friends and I have this formula down. Want to organize your own? Here’s a lowdown on the logistics:
Scout the field for like minded individuals who will know what the hell you’re asking them. Get friends to get their friends, or make friends on the internet! Whether it’s a massive pool of shared interests, or one really niche thing you can stretch into categories, it’s always good to find a common denominator to help create the questions and categories for the quiz.
(If you’re shy, watch out for an Underdog Trivia Night on the horizon. We’ve had one before!)
You’ll need to host your quiz night somewhere online. My friends and I use Discord. To set the battlefield you need two things: a Discord server to share your screen, and Telegram the telegram app for chatting. There are other platforms, but these are the ones my friends and I have tried and tested for six months. If you’re comfortable elsewhere, that’s fine too!
Make the Discord Server. This is where you’ll be holding your quiz night via share screen.
Create a general chat channel and a voice channel. The voice channel on Discord is where you can share your screen (and even play music for everyone). Discord lets you share your screen with a maximum of 25 people with video on.
Make groups for your quiz night.
Create separate chats for your friends and organize them into teams on a separate messaging app altogether. Think of this as the white board you raise on a physical quiz night. Teams can discuss and send in their answers through the group chat. When separating your teams, make sure to add the quiz master to all the chats so they can keep track of the scores.
This is pretty straightforward. Friday nights are great because we’re not going outside to see them any time soon. (This is the part where you try to hold yourself together.)
Create a presentation you can share through your video call. Go ham with your categories. It’s your quiz after all. Switch it up from the usual written question and answer format and try using different kinds of media. GIFS? Movie clips? They can’t Google a soundbite of a cover of a hit from the 2000s! Make listening categories, identify who owns this body part category. Get creative and have fun.
If you need a little inspiration, here are some examples of categories my friends and I have done:
Are you an MVP? (Guess that 2nd gen K-pop group)
Spook-e (Urban legends on the internet)
Alexa, play yung ano. (Badly translated song lyrics)
Jellicles Are and Jellicle Do (Cats, all the cats)
As Emperor Palpatine once said, “do it.” Don’t let your dreams be dreams.
On the night of the quiz, go live on your Discord server and have everyone convene in your voice channel. Share your screen and allow your friends to watch your stream. Video calls are optional but having your audio turned on makes it much more fun. Allow the chaos to run its course.
You can choose to have an intermission at half time to let your friends and yourself refill their drinks or scurry off to the bathrooms. At the end of the quiz, tally the points and crown a winner. Prizes are optional, but full satisfaction is guaranteed.
Watch the full Underdog Quiz Night starter pack below:
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