"There has been a very concerted appeal and effort within the trivia community to make sure you aren't just asking questions about White America and White Americana," said Ms. Yu.
Newbies to Trivia, even those with decent general knowledge and loads of strange information housed somewhere in the hippocampus, can find trivia questions difficult. "To be completely honest, a lot of the pub trivia I've played online are too difficult," said Bill Patschak, founder of the new BPtrivia website. But as with any new skill, players will improve through practice, learning not only facts but the types of questions asked and the way writers design them.
"Everyone is an expert on something," Ms. Yu said reassuringly. "And they know more than they think." And if you think too much about health crises or overloaded power transfers, it can be relaxing to immerse yourself for 10 minutes or a couple of hours in material that doesn't matter at all.
"It tests knowledge, but it doesn't test anything important," said Shayne Busfield, founder of the exclusive Learned League quiz site.
Here are some ways to play bar trivia from home, with or without pants. Just bring your brain and your own alcohol.
Bar trivia without the bar
Lots of great trivia companies like King Trivia, Geeks Who Drink, and Brainstormer Trivia! and the Big Quiz Thing have all migrated some of their live events online. While O & # 39; Brien's weekly quiz questions are only available by invitation, the monthly franc quizzes, which can be found on the pub's Facebook and Twitter pages, are open to everyone. There are two rounds of 15 questions each and two handouts (now Google Docs) that players can work on in a matter of minutes between rounds.
If you can remotely assemble a dedicated squad, try the Online Quiz League USA, which Mr. Bahnaman co-founded and referred to as the Bowling League for the Brain. Every week your team of four plays a different one via Zoom, Skype or Messenger. The season ends with a cup tournament in which the teams compete for trophies and bragging rights.