It's a Monday night and you and all of your friends are scattered among your separate residences with nothing to do. Perhaps one of you is cutting on your PlayStation 4 and another has dusted off their Nintendo Switch; all you know is that whatever you're doing, it's probably not going to be with people who don't live with you.
Luckily, Triv101 can change that. Triv101 is the newest trivia game out there for both trivia hosts and trivia enthusiasts alike. If you and your friends and family are looking for something new to do while you hunker down and ride out the COVID pandemic, this is definitely up your alley.
What Makes Triv101 Unique?
Let's be honest, even if you do want to go out and have a good time, your options are more limited than ever before. Things like movies, theme parks, bars, and pubs are pretty much a no go. On top of that, many people are just afraid to venture out so totally unrestrained.
The beautiful thing about Triv101 is that you don't have to go anywhere. It's a web app screen game, so you don't have to get up from that nice butt groove you've made on your couch. A brilliant way to enjoy the game with all of your friends and family is through Zoom.
For those of you who may not be familiar with the platform, Zoom allows people to virtually meet each other and collaborate on all sorts of projects. In this case, the screen sharing function will allow everyone to see the Triv101 board with ease.
As a web app screen game, Triv101 is incredibly easy to stream Let's Plays with your friends on either YouTube or Twitch. You could think of it as hosting your own version of Jeopardy, except with a much less charismatic version of Alex Trebek.
You can even project Triv101 to your tv for your and the family to play if you're all stuck at home together. After you've downloaded the game, you can simply connect your laptop to your tv via an HDMI cable and it'll show the game board. The digital, app-based nature of the game makes it easy for trivia lovers and bored people everywhere to get together and have a good time.
The Basic Breakdown of the Game:
Like all trivia games, you get questions and you answer them. That part is simple enough to grasp. But the basic structure of the game is a little more complex. There's actually two different versions of Triv101; the free version, we can call this one "basic" and the premium version.
The basic version comes "prepackaged" with 350 questions. Now for true trivia enthusiasts, this might not be enough to get your nerd on. If you feel that you need more to fuel your trivia fix, the premium package has 1350 questions for you and your crew to crank your way through.
Speaking of, "you and your crew", all of you can actually form into teams to put your knowledge against each other. The point system works much like a game of darts. While you can choose about of points to start with, the default is 101. Once settled on an amount of points, your goal is to get them down to zero.
Who is Triv101 For?
The obvious answer is, of course, trivia buffs. But, really, you can't go wrong with a few rounds of trivia questions regardless of who you are. You can have everyone get together on Zoom and host a social distancing trivia party or play a few rounds on the laptop with your roommates.
There's likely many of you at home right now that are probably anxious and bored. Kicking back with friends and family while trying to guess your way through the answers can be an awesome way to get your mind off of what's going on outside. Triv101 is simple in its execution, but sometimes, simple is best.
The true beauty of Triv101 is its versatility. The fact that it's a web app screen game makes it easy to play with others no matter where they might be.
Before COVID-19, Triv101 is the kind of game that would have been great for bars and pubs. You could knock back a few cold ones and belt out your trivia knowledge loud and proud in front of everyone. With restrictions lifting, we may be able to see teams of people at parties and workplace gatherings play their way through rounds of Triv101. For now, it's ok to enjoy it from the comfort of your own couch.
By Danielle Bradshaw - May 19, 2020
There's no denying that there's just something amazing about the idea of trying out a new game. Be it a video game, a tabletop game, a board game, or in this case a web app screen game; there's just something that really makes us want to give it a go.
It's the ultimate trivia game for both trivia hosts and trivia enthusiasts alike and down below is a basic blow-by-blow account as to why that is.
In a nutshell, there' a lot that makes this the ultimate trivia game, but don't worry, we'll start slow. To begin with, the game has an incredible amount of versatility. As previously stated, it's a web app screen game which essentially means it's a downloadable app that you can keep on your desktop or laptop to play whenever you want.
What Makes Triv101 the "Ultimate Trivia Game"?
The very nature of the game makes is really easy to share and play among friends and family. If you want to put the game on a larger screen - like your TV - you totally can. All you've got to do is connect your television to your computer with an HDMI cable and, voila! Everyone's got a picture-perfect view.
If you want to flex your extraordinary trivia know-how for everyone to see, stream it on Twitch. Everyone and their grandmother use the streaming platform to show their skills and for Let's Plays, there's no reason why you couldn't do the same with Triv101. YouTube would work much the same way; stream yourselves (you, your friends, and family) having a good time showing off your smarts. You can just keep it simple and play each over Zoom as a fun way to keep in touch.
Triv101 can be used in various ways but arguably the best trait of the game is the ability to be shared, displayed by, and played by multiple people at once.
This is technically still a point toward Triv101's versatility, but it's important enough to get its own section in this article. The point being, that you can play Triv101 pretty much anywhere. Part of the reason why is because it's actually a really simple game. There is a free version of the game and a premium version. Each version has 350 and 1350 questions respectively.
The trivia enthusiasts out there will definitely be pleased by that amount of questions to try their hand at. You and your friends and family can create teams to compete against each other and show off what you know.
The relatively streamlined design of the game makes it easy to learn and lends to its "ultimate play-ability". You can play it in pubs, at parties, it's excellent for team-building exercises, and yes, you can play it at home while social distancing. Needless to say, it's quite a bit different from the trivia games that people download onto their phones. There are so many ways to share and play Triv101 that it's in a breed all their own.
Like any good game, there's more than just a single reason why anyone should play Triv101, really. One good motive, though, is so that you can stay in contact with distant loved ones. Right now, it's more important than ever to stay connected with friends and family during this time.
It can serve as a terrific means of expanding your knowledge too. Some of the facts may be totally random, sure, but if you're a true trivia aficionado, that's a definite plus. Triv101 is an outstanding way to kill time too, a boring Friday night can go by in a flash answering question after question.
There is really no wrong way to share or play Triv101, which is why it's such a good time. The versatility makes it plenty of fun. The sheer amount of questions and the portability ensures that you'll get plenty of variety when playing.
Triv101 offers a truckload of entertainment and can keep a large group busy for a long time. You can grab some beers, snatch up some snacks, and settle in for a long night winning (or losing) while trying your hand at some trivia. Triv101 is a different kind of trivia game and those differences really make it stand out from the rest.
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Ready for a fun game celebrating the originality of songwriters? /s
Your group is bound to get a kick out of this game. Of course, it would be perfect for a baby shower, it is fun for all crowds of all ages.
Note: mildly explicit lyrics in some songs, such as "Baby Got Back" by Sir Mix-A-Lot. However, this is pretty mild by today's standards. You are bound to hear worse cursing on an average Netflix episode or presidential debate...
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Listen to the fun music, download Music Bingo cards that match the playlists
Try hosting games online using Zoom or Google Meet
Many of our users have taken the initiative to create online events in the wake of covid-19. Here is some great advice from Jen M:
"We have had so much fun! It’s given us something to look forward too!
"For the family and friends that live in the same city I print all the cards (making sure I am washing my hands and bring isogel) I drop off cards in their mailboxes which was a very exciting outing for me lol. For the ones further away I emailed them and they either printed them selves or hand wrote out their cards.
"Each week we have used the theme of the bingo along with decorating area that we are playing in along with hair styles and costumes. We use the zoom app and using a mixer and a good quality mic along with iPhone directly into computer so the sound is great for all playing. Most of the players use their phones and use either Apple TV or a lighting cord to put up on tv so we can see everyone.
"We are very lucky my dad was the morning man for the radio station for 35 years plus a dj back in the day so this isolation along with you guys has brought him out of retirement!"
Thanks so much Jen for allowing us to share your experience, and to help others! You are a true supporter of Live Entertainment!
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With the current situation of the world we continue to need to look to the future, and what the future has in store for our trivia shows and live entertainment. I am writing this on a Trivia Tuesday, but bars & restaurants are not permitted to open in my location, and this is the same for many cities, and perhaps from where you are reading this.
We have seen many requests for online tools to host trivia events using live streaming, so I thought I would take the time to compile my favorites here for you. You should be able to utilize any of our FBT PowerPoint Presentations to screen share and work with these tools, as well as our newest game Triv101 (currently in beta-access) "Survey" style trivia party game.
Music Bingo is a little bit more difficult to play online. You can share streaming services by allowing multiple people to listen to the same Spotify account, but in order to distribute cards, you will need to send them out or have everyone print their own cards beforehand. Perhaps you can send out the cards to each persons computers and have them "dob" off answers on their individual screens, but this can be a lot of work to set up for guests too. If you have attempted Music Bingo online yourself, please let us know how it went in the comment section below.
If you haven't heard about Zoom already, you're gonna. It is quickly taking the market by storm with its easy-to-use platform and screensharing service. It is free to use for up to 100 participants, but it does have a premium add-on for up to 500 participants. This is a good place to start if you aren't super tech savvy.
Google is offering a free upgrade, currently, and you should be able to get 150 people on the same call at once. This might be a good option for you if you already have all your contacts within your Gmail.
This is my personal favorite option for sharing your trivia content right now. It's free to join, and you can easily begin taking donations and gaining paid subscribers to your stream. While they don't yet have a category specifically for Trivia, I think we can work together and get them to change that. There are several other option that will work in the meantime, such as Twitch Plays or Just Chatting.
This is Microsoft's new answer to live streaming. While there are not near as many viewers as Twitch or YouTube, this is a nicely laid out platform with everything you need to make an income online for your guests
YouTube is kind of hard to navigate and doesn't categorize too well yet, but it does have one of the largest viewer bases to work with. If you are planning on opening your trivia show up to the world, this could be an option for you.
Could be OK if you are into that sort of thing. I don't enjoy Facebook's marketing algorithms, and find them a burden on society... but whatever. To each their own.
This option was built mainly for online meetings but is easy-to-use and fits our needs nicely. Free for up to 10 users or 250 with their pro account. Not bad at all
Bonus option for the true virtual trivia experience!
I have hosted dozens of trivia events using Bigscreen VR and it is quickly becoming one of my favorites. The experiences you can have interacting with guests in virtual reality is far greater than you will find with any other platform. You can have players draw their answer in 3d, raise their hands, and even have a dance contest!
You will be limited by how many people have the gear to join your event right now... but one day soon this will be THE way to host your virtual trivia night.
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