Turning up to a SpeedQuizzing event for the first time may seem a little bit daunting for some. This is a very modern quiz that uses only apps on phones a single laptop to make a really interactive a fun group affair.
The beauty of this type of quiz is that it’s pretty new to many people and therefore the quizmaster explains the rules and how to play quite clearly. Once you have the app downloaded onto your smartphone, the instructions on how to play are also right there on the screen of your phone.
Unlike quizzing days of yore you don’t end up sat in a room with people shushing you, this quiz is lively! Because it is also about being fast, this gives many people the giggles and the loud groans from team members when they get a correct answer but not fast enough, are always audible around the room.
At the start of the quiz each team (usually of two or more players), are given their own team theme tune that will be played each time they give a correct answer. If you are really lucky and get to the venue early enough, you may even be able to choose your own track from the ones available!
Most of the questions are multiple choice with a, b, c or d being the correct answer. As soon as the question is asked, the first team to hit their screen on the correct answer gets the points. You will know if you got there first if it’s your teams tune that you hear being played. This keeps everyone alert and involved, you know who is doing well when you hear the same song over and over.
If your general knowledge isn’t all that great don’t worry about it, categories range from famous faces, which is a picture round, to guessing the distance between here and Timbuktu!
There are also music rounds, one of my favourite is where you have to guess the song from only the intro, and it’s amazing how many songs sound similar from just the first few bars of music.
If you find your team aren’t playing too well, there are chances to double your score and to even jump right into first place if you answer one special round correctly. Sometimes the last question is for a huge amount of points, so if one team have been in the lead for a while, they may well end up in the middle of the scoreboard if they get the bonus question wrong.
There are plenty of breaks for you to get a round in, visit the loo or have a smoke. There has never been a quiz night with such a vibrant, welcoming and friendly atmosphere. SpeedQuizzing is for everyone, not just stuffy oldies who take themselves too seriously. There is no way you can cheat at this quiz; you just don’t have the time!
If there is a SpeedQuiz in your area gather a group of friends and have the best night out in town. If there isn’t one nearby, why not look at the SpeedQuizzing website and see how to become a host yourself. Do it, do it now and get buzzing!