During the Game
- Break the group into teams. I used this team generator to quickly pick random teams and give them each a name. I highly recommend it. I also assigned a team leader to each team so that only one person was messaging me with answers.
- Have each team create their own private video conference. I left it up to the team leaders what conferencing tool they used, and most chose either Google Hangouts or a Slack call.
- Set the ground rules. You can obviously choose your own, but here were our rules:
• No using Google, spouses or children to get the answer.
• Only one answer per team.
• You’ll have 30 seconds to discuss and send your answer along with your team name in a DM to the moderator.
• Teams that accidentally broadcast answers to the Zoom meeting will be deducted 5 points.
- Get playing!
- Tally the scores and announce the winner. I ended with a complex question worth 15 points and gave teams the length of an entire song to put five historical events in chronological order. Not only did this add some drama (the team in the lead wouldn’t necessarily win) but it also gave me time to tally the score so I could easily and quickly announce a winner.
Overall, the trivia night with 31 questions took us about 45 minutes, which was an ideal amount of time. I’ve gotten a lot of feedback that it was a fun way to bond as a team, so we’ll probably keep doing trivia nights or other remote game nights.