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Host an online quiz night

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What’s the Idea?

Some easy tips and ideas to successfully host an online quiz night with family and friends.

What’s the story

With most of us in lockdown due to the Coronavirus, the usual nights out have unfortunately been postponed.

Luckily with platforms such as Zoom we can still easily connect with family and friends for a social ‘night out’!

Hosting an online quiz is a fun way to get everyone together, see familiar faces, and have a bit of a laugh (maybe with a beer or glass of wine).

No taxis needed, relax and enjoy from your own home!

People should do this because…?

If you are looking for something a bit different or need a break from Netflix or Amazon Prime, an online quiz with family or friends is a fun option.

It gets you socialising, brings a bit of a laugh and lends some structure and organisation to an evening.

We have organised a ‘family quiz night’ every Friday as a way to keep in touch and give my parents a bit of variety on at least one day of the week.

How do you do it?

The first step is to sign up to a video platform such as Zoom or if you only have a few people (couples) playing you can use WhatsApp Video.

(Find out how to get a Zoom account here.)

If you are hosting the quiz this can take a bit of time and preparation before hand but hopefully the tips below will make it easier.

We arrange it so whoever wins the quiz one night will then host the following week.

Organising the Quiz

  1. Decide who will be hosting and playing  – to start with keep the numbers small to get the hang of things and figure out what works best
  2. Ask everyone to come up with a team name beforehand
  3. Decide how many rounds you would like to do – the recommended number of rounds is 5-8
  4. Create 5-10 questions per round. Each round should be around 10-15 minutes
  5. Find a good balance between difficult and easy questions
  6. Make sure the answer is something specific – no grey areas
  7. On the night before starting make sure everyone has their drinks, snacks, takeaway etc…to hand
  8. Allow a break after the 3rd round to get some drinks, snacks or stretch your legs!

Question suggestions:

  1. You could email a picture sheet before the quiz for one of the rounds
  2. Set people tasks, such as asking them to find common household items; the first to hold the object up to the camera wins.
  3. Anagrams
  4. Performance rounds such as charades, where you act out a film for people to guess – do this live or pre-record it and play the video.
  5. If you are playing with close friends or family you could ask a few ‘nostalgia’ questions
  6. Who am I?
  7. Guess the song
  8. History
  9. Sports
  10. Food
  11. General knowledge
  12. Emoji riddles

Some pre-made quizzes:

How to keep score:

  • ask people to email you their answers or
  • ask people to mark themselves (hopefully people will be honest otherwise it wouldn’t be much fun anyway!)

You never know, it might become part of your weekly routine!

Stuff you may need

  • Computer, laptop, phone, tablet
  • Wifi
  • Quiz teams!

Links to other Stuffer pages

Set up a Zoom Account

Links to other articles on the web

https://www.wired.co.uk/article/virtual-pub-quiz-tips/

https://www.challengethebrain.com/

https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/people/best-virtual-pub-quizzes-online-quiz-events-keep-you-entertained-during-lockdown-and-how-host-your-own-2523187/

https://www.techradar.com/uk/news/best-virtual-pub-quiz-a-great-live-online-quiz-for-every-day-of-the-week/

Links to other videos on the web

Links to apps

‘Quizzland’ app for Android

‘Quizzland’ app for iPhone

Links to books

The Times Quiz Book

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