Invariably, when I mention the League to a stranger, they say, "Oh, you mean that electronic game that you see in bars?" Emphatically not! They are referring to the NTN trivia network, found all over North America, and becoming known in Europe.

 

The biggest difference between that sort of trivia game and the experience of trivia league play is the social aspect. With NTN, a person sits with a machine called a "playmaker" and answers questions given on a TV screen. It is primarily a solo
experience (although to be fair, one machine is often surrounded by a cooperative group of players), and relatively limited social interaction. Team trivia, on the other hand, offers ten other people with whom you interact.


Imagine a bar or restaurant anywhere. It is Monday night, 8:00 pm; time for the regular trivia league match. At a group of reserved tables, eleven eggheads with laptop computers and photographic memories gather to face each other across the table...

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Trivia leagues by and large are populated with average people off the street, who gather for a social evening with ten like-minded people. The server has placed the beers in front of everyone, and the Quizmaster has loaded the portable stereo. The first round in our league is an audio round (usually music, but not necessarily) with ten 30-second sound bites. Immediately, witticisms start to fly, generously sprinkled with epithets and ins