Friday, October 17, 2014

It Seems You Like This Ebola

In our third week of qualification for our Tournament of Champions, you all gave it your best. Or, perhaps you gave it your best because it was a guaranteed jackpot night. Whatever the reason, we had a fairly close game that had 4 different round winners, 3 lead changes, and ended in an overall tie. Our tiebreaker question settled it, and We Must Quarantine and Destroy Texas. Also, There's Ebola There triumphed. They pulled the ceremonial blue chip and took home the jackpot. Marvel Presents: Ebola is Bigger in Texas took home our 2nd place prize on the night.

Qualifying for our Tournament of Champions were Marvel Presents: Ebola is Bigger in Texas and Princess Drowned Fly & the Salt Revival.  Next Wednesday is the last chance for teams to qualify, and next Thursday, October 23rd we will send our 8 best teams over to Sequoia North to face off against their 8 best teams to determine the royalty of Pub Quiz in Fresno. If you haven't qualified, there's still hope - you can qualify at either Sequoia North on Monday, or Fresno Pub Quiz on Wednesday.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Jackpot is Not Dead Yet

It was week 2 of our qualifying for the Tournament of Champions and teams were working to get themselves qualified.  Round one was super close, and the top 5 teams were within 2 points of each other. These teams stayed up there, with a little bit of movement and a lead change. Alana is Satan took down rounds 1 and 4, Bring Out Yer Dead took rounds 2 and 3. Ultimately, it was a half point in round 2 and a half point in round 3 that decided the game. Bring Out Yer Dead was spry enough to win the match, but they weren't lucky enough to win the jackpot. So, that means that next week there will be a...
GUARANTEED JACKPOT!
yes, we're down to one chip in the bag. Not only will we be qualifying 2 more teams for the tournament in champions, we'll for sure be giving away a jackpot win.

On the tournament of champions side, Alana is Satan and Los Jugadores Mas Finas worked their way into the game. 4 teams have qualified, and we'll qualify 4 more over the next 2 weeks. You can also qualify at Sequoia North Pub Quiz on Monday nights. October 23rd will be our night to crown a new champion of Fresno.

Friday, October 3, 2014

What is this, Coffee Talk?

October is upon us. The Big Fresno Fair is here with all its delights. We have days and nights of pleasant weather, and others where you have no idea what time of year it is. And at Pub Quiz, you have preparation for our Tournament of Champions.  For the second time we've joined up with Sequoia North Pub Quiz to have a little contest to crown the best Pub Quiz team in Fresno, qualifying teams from each of our regular games. On October 23rd we will crown some royalty.

This week, we had 12 teams matching wits. The game included several lead changes, great round scores, and hopefully a good time. The Secret Service is Neither Secret Nor a Service...Discuss was our eventual winner, but they didn't pull the jackpot. That means next week will be 50/50 odds. They qualified for the Tournament of Champions, and so did our second place team, Number 1 is #1.

We have 3 more weeks of qualification ahead. Teams can qualify at either Sequoia North on Mondays or Fresno Pub Quiz on Wednesday. Once your team qualifies, you're in, and every week each Pub Quiz will qualify two teams. The top 2 teams (that haven't qualified) get in, and then we'll have a face off on Thursday, October 23rd. Last year was at the Landmark, this year will be at Sequoia North. You don't want to miss out.

Friday, September 26, 2014

That's a Lot of Seconds, Mr. Rooney

You would think that after writing Pub Quiz questions for 4 years we would have it down to a science. In reality, sometimes we can get a little wonky on questions or answers. This last Wednesday was an example of that. We always are striving for a good, fun, challenging game of trivia. We hope to write solid questions, that you can work at, and only have one answer. Unfortunately, it doesn't always happen that way. Our sincerest apologies go out to you, our players, on these occasions.

As for the game itself, we had twelve teams square off. Five of those teams rose to the top after round 1, and they stayed up there on the night. Iphone 6 Flip Phone was most dominant on the night, taking the game but not the week 2 jackpot. It'll keep rolling and growing for your benefit.

Next week brings a new game. More importantly, next week brings the beginning of our qualifications for the 2nd Pub Quiz Tournament of Champions. The top 8 teams from Fresno Pub Quiz will square off against the top 8 from Sequoia North Pub Quiz. Teams can qualify at either Pub Quiz during the month of October for our championship game on October 23rd. We'll be qualifying 2 teams a week for the next 4 weeks. (Shhhh, last year our teams dominated. We want to do it again!) Who will be crowned  the royalty of Fresno Pub trivia?

Friday, September 19, 2014

You So Fine

Wednesday nights are the best because of you. We had another great game at Pub Quiz this week, with the first three rounds all going to the time tie breaker. All four rounds were won by different teams, and it was a close game most of the way through. When it was all said and done, Los Jugadores Mas Fina! were the champs of the night. They pulled in 29.5 points, and had a small, 1 point victory over their next closest opponent.  However, they weren't fine enough to pull the jackpot chip, so that starts to build.

This week's game was the first without topics, and we have 3 more where we won't be doing them, and monitoring how it affects the game. Feel free to comment and give us your feedback along the way.

Coming soon - qualification for our Tournament of Champions. Once again, we'll be having a game with Sequoia North Pub Quiz to determine who is the quizziest in Fresno. 8 teams from Fresno Pub Quiz will square off against 8 teams from Sequoia North Pub Quiz.  The championship game will be on Thursday, October 23rd at Sequoia North. Qualies will happen in October so get ready.

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.