Big trouble in little trivia

When people ask me to do a trivia event, my first thought is… blurgskdaskjhga. That’s right, blurgskdaskjhga is a real thing. Well, kind of. It’s a combination of two words. The words “blurg” and “skdaskjhga”. 

From Urban Dictionary, “blurg” is a “Versatile expression of confusion, annoyance, anger, boredom, or surprise, meaning may vary based on accompanying punctuation and prefix. Origins are believed to be in the internet slang used in ID Software’s computer game Quake”.

The second word, skdaskjhga, is the keyboard buttons my hands smash as I let loose my frustration. 

I used to love doing library holiday trivia but after years of doing it, I feel severely burned out and exhausted. 

Trivia is a balancing act

It’s all a balancing act. You don’t want your questions be too easy, but you can’t have them be too hard. Where is the fun in a trivia game with questions people can’t answer?

You also need to make the questions broad enough that many people will be able to answer them. The young crowd, the older crowd, the pop culture crowd, and the classics crowd.

Trivia is a balancing act.

No matter what questions you ask, there will be people in the crowd giving you death stares. Stares like you just murdered a clown…

It’s all about fun

At the end of the day, it’s all about fun. Creating a trivia experience for 45 people that everyone enjoys is exhausting. However, I’ve been told I’m good at it. I love that people enjoy themselves but the handful of snarky comments tend to leave a bad taste in my mouth.

Some people say they don’t like trivia because:

  • Too many sports questions
  • Not enough sports questions
  • Too much pop culture questions
  • Not enough pop culture questions
  • Too much history questions
  • Not enough history questions

Do you see the problem here? The perfect trivia is non-existent.

So I leave you with this. When is fun for the group at the expense of the fun for the organizer? I guess time will tell.

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