Editor’s note: This post will take a look back at the Winter/Spring 2019 Sporcle Live trivia season – in particular, my team’s scores at all of the “regulation” games. It will be updated periodically until the season completes in June, 2019.
Just to avoid confusion, this post will take a “deeper” look at our trivia games than the Captain’s Log.
Sporcle Live announced some big changes for their pub trivia leagues in December, 2018. Teams playing at bars/restaurants every week would have only the highest 12 scores out of a maximum of 21 scores count – which means the lowest scores would get thrown out. Teams finishing at the top of the heap at the end would have first “grab” at RSVPs (on day one) for the semifinal games, and teams playing 15 games or more at any combination of bars/restaurants throughout the season would have “second pick” on the next day and teams playing at least seven games would be able to RSVP on the third day. For more information, visit their web site here.
Under the “old” format, teams only needed to play at least half the games during the season, accumulating “tournament” points based on how they placed in weekly games (teams finishing first would get 15 points, second place teams 12 points, third place teams 9 points, etc.). At the end of season “venue tournaments,” those tournament points would be added to scores, and the winners of those games would advance to finals. Under this format, which was in place from the spring of 2015 to December, 2018, my team NEVER failed to advance to finals – even if we had to attempt to qualify in more than one bar – or use “barhop” (which is no longer allowed). I actually began to dislike the “barhop” means of qualifying for finals because I didn’t feel my team was really “earning” its way to the big dance (I guess I’m really just a tough old school marm at heart, LOL)! So we stopped using the “barhop” means of getting to finals after the winter/spring season in 2017.
The My Trivia Live pub trivia league still allows teams to “barhop” as a means of avoiding semifinal games. The top ten teams in the “barhop” standings get to bypass semifinal games. This requires teams playing (and I’m only guessing here) at LEAST three times a week *minimum.* The top teams in the barhop standings play 5-7 times a week. I know some teams with players who play all seven nights of the week. I know one team in particular with players who play four MTL games a week – and three Sporcle Live games a week. No…joke! I’m not judging – but even with as much as I love trivia games my “cup” would runneth over with that kind of nightly schedule. I honestly don’t know how these players can keep up that kind of momentum – though my team engaged in its own barhop craziness back in 2012 when various “swag” was on the line (personalized hoodies).
We’ve kind of scaled back the competitive trivia a bit for at least a couple of seasons now, so I’m not as certain about us qualifying for semifinals this time around! But I will make every attempt to do so! We haven’t played in any “one” bar every week, but there has still been SOME consistency to our trivia routines! A “method to the madness,” if you will…
Winter/Spring 2019 Scores – Miskatonic University Fighting Cephalopods
A list of all of the places we’ve played week by week this past season – and our scores…
Week 1 – (Jan. 7- Jan. 13) – 62, Original Gravity
Week 2 – (Jan. 14- Jan. 20) – 114, Tower Inn
Week 3 – (Jan. 21-Jan. 27) – 62, Original Gravity
Week 4 – (Jan. 26-Feb. 3) – 156, Sticks
Week 5 – (Feb. 4-Feb. 10) – 108, Original Gravity
Week 6 – (Feb. 11-Feb. 17) – 81, Corner Brewery
Week 7 – (Feb. 18-Feb. 24) – 110, Sticks
Week 8 – (Feb. 25-March 3) – 110, Oscar’s
Week 9 – (March 4-March 10) – 91, Original Gravity
Week 10 – (March 11-March 17) – 102, Sticks
Week 11 – (March 18-March 24) – 3, Johnny’s Grill
Week 12 – (March 25-March 31) NO SPORCLE LIVE GAMES PLAYED
Week 13 – (April 1-April 7) – 95, Original Gravity
Week 14 – (April 8-April 14) – 74, Sticks
Week 15 – (April 15-April 21) – 85 Sticks (Monday) and 126, Original Gravity
Week 16 – (April 22-April 28) – 107, Sticks (Monday) and 110, Sticks (Thursday)
Week 17 – (April 29-May 5) – 114, Sticks (Monday) and 50, Corner Brewery
Week 18 – (May 6-May 12) – 103, Sticks (Monday) and 77, The Owl
Week 19 – (May 13-May 19) – 148, Sticks (Monday) and 153 Sticks (Thursday)
Week 20 – (May 20-26) – 106, Sticks (Monday), and 87 Original Gravity
Our highest 12 scores so far over all of the places we’ve played (with lowest scores thrown out): 110, 110, 156, 125, 108, 114, 107, 105, 114, 148 and 153 and 106 (average score out of all of those scores 121 points per night for a total of 1,456 points). Compared to other pub trivia teams in contention out there, I would call us “above average,” but not “great.” I don’t have the trivia “army” to hold our own in spots where 7-10 player teams are required (such as the Corner Brewery), and don’t have enough players who can play regularly at Original Gravity and beat the “top dogs” there. But we can throw our hats in the ring for a spot close to home for us (more about that in a bit).
While we were “flying casual” these past couple of seasons, I was still really, really paying close attention to see what was working – and what was not working – for my team. I was also “scoping out” competition at the different bars we were playing. I was trying to figure out what trivia spots my team could possibly win – and which ones we couldn’t win – and which ones would be good “just for fun” spots (not playing for tournament purposes).
Results? Original Gravity will no longer be a place we attempt to play for tournament qualification, though “cameo” appearances are NOT being ruled out! I just don’t have enough players who can play there regularly, and it is… kind of a drive! The Owl (a new trivia spot in Milan) will be a good “just for fun” summer spot on those weeks when weather is nice – and Thursday games aren’t in the cards. The early start time (7 p.m.) at The Owl is very appealing, as are its fair beer prices and overall laid-back vibe (my husband is really excited about checking this place out). Sticks (Mondays) will be a good spot to try qualifying next season – my team seems to like the day/time/spot. Thursday games at Sticks are also not being ruled out – when mine and Evan’s work schedules allow (my husband works from home so his work schedule is irrelevant, LOL)! Having Evan in our mix will be key to our success with Thursday games (he’s about 16 years younger than my husband and I). His presence will also be key to our chances in tournaments.
All signs point to the ‘Pods coming out of “retirement” and going all in for tournaments again in the second half of 2019!