Brainstorm Me a New Trivia Event for My Meetup Group
May 26, 2011 1:36 PM Subscribe
My Meetup group has grown too large for our regular trivia night. Help me brainstorm ideas for a group of 10-15 people (sometimes more, sometimes less) to play trivia, drink beer, and socialize.
posted by aabbbiee to Society & Culture (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
About 18 months ago, I posted my first events on a local Meetup, looking for trivia team members for a regular bar trivia event. Within a few months, I had a team of 4-8 players every week, whether it was posted on Meetup or not. The bar where we played was large and the event didn't limit our team size, so we played no matter how many people attended.
This has changed. Our trivia night was cancelled, and we have found a decent replacement game; however, the room is tiny and teams are limited to <9. At the same time, our group has grown. I now can get 10-12 without posting it on Meetup, so our team has to split up to play, which is not as much fun and I don't feel like I can post it to Meetup now.
The larger group also is harder on the newbies. The regulars can be inadvertently cliquish since they've been playing together for awhile. Generally, new people from Meetup tend to be introverted & socially anxious, so attending this group is already outside their comfort zone. It is important to connect with the new people, and for them to feel like this is a welcoming group. I'm trying to squash this cliquish behavior (the regulars were all from Meetup originally, so they really should be more empathetic, argh), but it is pervasive and it is exacerbated when we split the team up due to the size. The regulars all flock off to a separate team, and I usually head up the second team with the newbies. This does help me make that connection, but it is not as fun as when I get to play with my friends and we can all join in discussions together.
I want to post these trivia events to Meetup. I enjoy being a leader of this kind of group, and I think the trivia event lends itself to Meetup. (It's a casual atmosphere with alcohol; trivia is the focus, so you can talk to strangers but not have to come up with small talk; team playing is fun. It's perfect for the introverted geeks/nerds in our college town to meet each other.) However, this current game doesn't work for us, and there are no other established trivia nights in town that will work. So I need to brainstorm a new trivia activity for my Meetup group.
Please help me! Caveats:
- No board games or Trivial Pursuit. They take forever to play, and they are stilted and formal.
- I do have members who would love to write questions or MC a game. Maybe we could trade off?
- Bar environment: I'd like to be able to push tables together rather than reserve a back room.
- I don't want to split the group up too much. We could maybe do small teams, but I want there to be an emphasis on socializing as a group or as a team. I do not want people to pick teams, getting 'stuck' or only playing with people they already know.
- I really don't want to run my own official trivia night. I'd like to post a day/time/place on Meetup, have people show, and play trivia with people. I don't want to run something bigger than that.
We are in a midwestern college town. Group members are aged 23-45, mostly nerds and geeks (librarians, IT techs, grad students, etc.) Sometimes we have older attendees, but they don't seem to stick around (I tend to think it's because the trivia is often pop culture, not because of the newbie problem).
Please help me brainstorm!