It’s always a bummer when good and fun things come to an end. For the past 9 or so months, I’ve been going to the weekly Geeks Who Drink pub trivia at Rock Bottom Brewery in Bellevue. I believe Eric and Chris were the first to go and then they recruited Matt and eventually me. I was initially a holdout because I wasn’t sure I’d like it or be good at it. Eventually I gave it a shot and was hooked immediately.
Now, I don’t have the best memory when it comes to most things. My strength did not lie in having a vast wealth of knowledge, that was more of Eric’s job. I was most useful by knowing completely random things and songs that the rest of the team didn’t. I may have only individually contributed a few points to the team each week, but given the top three teams were frequently separated by no more than two points, every point mattered.
Speaking of the top three teams, I don’t think there was any other team that consistently placed in the top three as much as we did. Out of our 36 appearances, we placed 32 times (89%) taking first 13 times! The first place prize is $50 in gift certificates to RBB, second place is $25, and third was some kind of merch usually beer glasses, of which we collected quite a few. In total, we earned about $900 (which paid for or subsidized our dinner nearly every week), roughly 36 glasses, and countless bonus question free beers (guestimating two per week yields 72 free beers.)
Oh, and we played with four of a possible six every week – almost every team that beat us needed five or six players to do so!
My personal favorite moment was during one of the music rounds. They had orchestral covers of music or something like that and we had to name the original artist and title. There was one that rang such a vague bell that I was convinced it couldn’t be right, but it sounded familiar enough that we went with it, and sure enough it was Telstar by The Tornados. The only reason I had even heard it before is because it was an inspiration for Muse’s Knights of Cydonia since Matt Bellamy’s father was in The Tornados. I’m pretty sure I was either the only or possibly one of two people in the entire room to get it right which was a pretty awesome feeling. Unfortunately I don’t remember how we did that night, but it completely validated all of those hours I’ve spent crawling Wikipedia!
There was also the night where we won by such a HUGE majority (12 points) that we could have not used our joker (which doubles points on a single round) and still tied for first! Usually if you don’t joker there’s ZERO chance of being even in the top five. I’ll probably blog about how Geeks Who Drink trivia works soon to explain how the night goes in case you’re thinking about finding one by you. They’re probably the largest nation-wide pub trivia group out there and are really good at what they do.
It was always fun hanging out with the team every week while we ate dinner and waited for trivia to start. Our waitresses were great and our quizmaster Brendan was excellent! There was one week we couldn’t make our usual trivia so we tried one of the others and it was nowhere near as enjoyable. I’ll definitely miss it! …and also learning about the existence of stuff like this.
Some more stats (please excuse any rounding error):
First: 13 (36%)
Second: 10 (28%)
Third: 9 (25%)
Top 3: 32 (89%)
Average bar dollars per visit: $25
Largest margin of victory: 12
Average margin between us and the highest score that wasn’t us: -1.5