Friday, September 12, 2014

Settle Down, Kent Brockman

It was a close game this week at Pub Quiz. The first three rounds were all ties, each requiring us to use the song length to break the tie and award tokens.  Each round went to a different team, but I For One, Welcome our Isis Overlords was in all three of them. Round 4 was the only round won straight up, and that was by a different team.  I For One, Welcome our Isis Overlords were lucky enough, and pulled the week 2 jackpot chip. Since we had a jackpot winner, we also gave out our second place prize, which went to the Stinky Bananas.

Remember, next week begins our first of 4 week without round 2 topics. We really are trying to see how this affects the game, and want your feedback as we go along.

Our another announcement is that we'll be doing our Tournament of Champions again with Sequoia North Pub Quiz. The match will be on October 23rd, and will be hosted by Sequoia Pub Quiz.  This year, we'll be sending 8 of our best team against 8 of theirs to decide who is the best Pub Quiz team in Fresno.  We'll be qualifying top teams in October.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Can You Write About This?

It was a new week at Pub Quiz, a new jackpot, and 14 teams gave it their best in a surprisingly difficult game.  Every so often these tough questions leak out of our heads and we end up with a night of lower scores.  It's Hard to Get Ahead in Journalism These Days was consistent on the night, pulling in scores of 6, 7, 7, and 7 to take the game. They didn't pull the jackpot chip, so that will start to grow with better odds.

Last of the White Washed Mohicans was randomly chosen for round 2 topics and here they are:
Lost (tv series)
Rocko's Modern Life
Ecuador
One Way Streets in Fresno
English Premier League Football
Water Polo
California Water Bond
The Jimmy Hendrix Experience album
Chess
Reddit
Super Smash Brothers series
Paso Robles Winer Region
Blade Runner
Marijuana dispensaries in Fresno

A couple of notes:
If you remember, we did a Tournament of Champions last year with teams from Fresno Pub Quiz & Teams from Sequoia North Pub Quiz.  We are currently firming up a date to do that again and will let you know as soon as we can.

Every so often, we like to tinker with the game. Ultimately, our goal is to provide a fun experience every week for every player, to have an enjoyable event, and grow our crowd. So, unless there is a massive quibble, we're going to try something out for a month. THIS WILL BE THE LAST WEEK WITH ROUND 2 TOPICS. That's right, we won't be doing round 2 topics after the September 10th game.  We'll monitor the game, the crowds, and take input from you all about it, but we want to give it a try and see if it improves the Fresno Pub Quiz experience.  Feel free to share your thoughts already in the comments.

Friday, August 29, 2014

4th Time Was a Charm

We see that you're gunning after the kings, but you're just missing.  Although they had different names each time, the same team has won the last 4 games in a row, and they finally managed to pull that jackpot chip. Congrats to Uzi: So Simple a 9 Year Old Can Use It for winning the game and taking home the big ca$h.

Alana, Not So Bad After All was our randomly chosen team for next week's round 2, and here's what they chose:
Denver Broncos
Space 1999 (tv show)
Americas Cup Sailing
Prehistoric History
Janis Joplin
Gilmore Girls
Emergency (70's tv show)
Kenny Chesney
Ray Donovan
Dixie Chicks
Cabernet Franc
St. Louis Rams
Harry Potter
Depeche Mode

So there you have it. Study up for next week as we start a new jackpot.

Friday, August 22, 2014

It's a Shiver and a Shake

UPDATE: A little heads up: the songs this week are all hip hop songs, from movies that were released from 1994 - 2000

Some teams lead from the start. Others grab the lead mid game and don't let go. Some teams just hang around and then win it in the end. Any strategy can work, but to win Pub Quiz you've got to get the right mix of team and pull it all together.  This week, I Challenge Lou Gherig to take the Ice Water Challenge stayed just off the lead and then took round 4 and the game. This is the third week in a row that this team won the game. But, for the third week in a row, they failed to pull the jackpot chip. So next week, it will be 50/50 odds on the jackpot!

Fresnocity was chosen for Round 2 topics, and here's what you need to study:
Cards Against Humanity (the game)
Disneyland attractions
Batman (60's tv show)
What's Happening (tv show)
Lots Lenski books including agriculture
The Monkey's Headquarters album songs
The Beatles second album songs
Mormonism
Playboy interviews
Tobyisms (West Wings season 1)
Famed Don Rickles insults
high school basketball rules
1970's Doonesbury characters
Star Trek original series

Study up, and we'll see you next week at Pub Quiz!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Play the Instrument

They had a different name, but they were still dominant. If Peeing Your Pants is Cool, Consider Me Miles Davis was hot for the first 3 rounds, and even though they cooled off a little in round 4, they still ended up with a 3.5 point victory. That takes skill & study. But, their chip pulling skills are as random as yours, and so they were unable to grab the blue chip. Next week will be 1 in 3.

Princess Plant & the Bed of Arugula won round 4 and was randomly chosen for next week's round 2 topics. Here's what they want you all to study:
US Presidents
Music Theory
Punjabi Words
Ray Donovan (tv show)
Fashion Designers
Musical Theater
French Wine Appellations
Geography
Rolex Watches
Assault Rifles
How Was Your Week w/Julie Klausner
Late Night w/Jimmy Fallon
The Leftovers (tv show)
NATO phonetic alphabet

Watch some tv, hit the internet, get your study on and we'll see you next Wednesday at Pub Quiz.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Apparently Diseases are Jokeworthy

Adam & Ed were back at the hosting table this week, and you all were back and on fire. Seriously, the scores for the first few rounds were pretty impressive. When You're Vomiting Up Blood Til You Die in The Mud, That's Ebola was nearly unstoppable on the night. They won 3 rounds & the game, but were unable to win the jackpot. So, it starts building.

Ronin the Gasmer was randomly chosen to pick round 2 topics, and here's what they chose for you to study up on:

Carpentry
Casablanca (film)
A Young Doctor’s Notebook (tv show)
Skyrim
Bored to Death (tv show)
Clueless (movie)
Kevin Bacon
California Trade Secret Law
Home Brewing (beer)
Kit Kat flavors in Japan
League of Legends
Calculus
Miles Davis
Birkenstock

Study those topics and we'll see you next Wednesday. Need more trivia in your life? Check out Sequoia North's Pub Quiz on Monday nights.

One final note: we want to take a moment to encourage you all to be patient during Pub Quiz. Pub Quiz brings in a large group of people to the Landmark, all ordering food & drinks at pretty much the same time. If your order takes a minute to come out, know that they are working hard to get it to you as quickly as possible. We'd like to encourage all our patrons to be decent human beings and treat the staff like you would want to be treated.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Guest Host not a Ghost Host

This week at Pub Quiz we let someone else challenge your knowledge.  We does this about 4 times a year to give ourselves a break and to let someone else twist your brain in different ways.  The team that has frequently been a Spoiler Alert was behind the head table, and they did their best to make you think and rethink your answers. We Survived San Diego Gasm-con showed that they were true believers and true survivors as they won 3 of 4 rounds and won the night. Star Wars Episode VII: Crisis on Malaysian Star Tours tried their best to keep up, but finished second.

If you're interested in guest hosting, talk to Adam at Pub Quiz and he'll put you on our list of future hosts.

At the last game hosted by Adam & Ed, Crash Bandicoot was randomly chosen for round 2 topics and here's what they want you to study up on:
Krebs Cycle
Elvis Costello Get Happy album
Guardians of the Galaxy comic book
The Godfather movies
Snowpiercer
Dewey Decimal System
Black Sabbath - Dio era
Periodic Table of Elements
Fauna of the Galapagos Islands
US Presidential elections of last 80 years
Manchurian Candidate - the novel
Italian Cuisine
Pai Gow poker
King of Queens characters

It'll be the first week of a jackpot run, but that doesn't mean you can't come out to Pub Quiz and take home the big prize. We'll see you next Wednesday at Pub Quiz.  If you want to get extra quizzy, check out Sequoia North Pub Quiz on Monday nights.