Rules of the Contest
Here are the official rules for the May, 2021 Williams Trivia Contest. See the Introduction Page for instructions on registering and getting started, and a more general overview.
- The contest runs from 10pm on Friday, May 14th to 6am on Saturday, May 15th.
- The website for the contest is www.williamstrivia.com . This is your portal for everything.
- Teams must register before they can play. Click on the Register your team link on the homepage to register. When you do, you have the option to post a link to a picture. If you do, and the picture is either a photo of your team or something which evokes your team's name, then we will award you one magical point. The rest should be pretty straightforward (make sure you write down your team password and share it with all your team members).
- Teams may be of any size. The more the merrier.
- By registering and playing you agree to the sacred covenant of Trivia:
If you win this contest, you will create and host the next contest.
The next contest will be on a Friday in January, 2022. It's a great honor and a great thrill, but also an obligation.
How to Join
See the Introduction Page for instructions on how to join the contest and get set up to play.
The heart of the contest is a set of questions asked throughout the night over the audio stream.
- At 10pm, we will ask a question over the stream, and then play a song. Teams have the duration of the song to tell us the answer to the question and to name the song and artist. One point is awarded for the trivia, and one point for the song and artist.
- This contest there are two ways you can tell us answers:
- You can type the answer into your team's chat room, which one of the hosts will be monitoring. Or,
- You can shout it out to a host who is visiting your Zoom breakout room.
- That pattern of question/song will continue throughout the night. Occasionally there may be three-point plays, where a piece of trivia is worth 2 points, and the trivia and song together are worth 3 points.
- There will often be some connection between the trivia question and the accompanying song. This may help. Or it may not.
- Important: You MAY use the internet to answer on-air questions. HOWEVER, you MAY NOT use it to Google song lyrics. You must identify songs the old-fashioned way, with your ears. This is on the honor system. But come on, how much fun is Googling lyrics, anyway? Really. Same goes for Shazam, Soundhound, etc. Where's the sport in that?
- You can ask for hints from your host, either in the chat room or in Zoom. Any hint you get will either be for the song or the question, and it will be up to you to figure out which. Traditionally you can also ask any yes-or-no question of your host, and they will usually answer it. Usually. Remember to be nice to your host—they are a real person, a volunteer, who has wide discretion over how you are scored!
In Williams Trivia, the plural of "bonus" is "boni". There will be 4 types of boni in the contest. General scoring rules:
- For each hour and super bonus, you may either use the internet or not. If you choose "not", then you may use any other resources, e.g., books, friends, professors. But not a friend who looks stuff up for you on the internet.
- Boni are worth more points if you don't use the internet. So whenever you submit a bonus, there will be a place to say whether you used the internet or not. This is on the honor system.
At the beginning of every hour, a link to an hour bonus will appear on the website; there will be a total of 8 hour boni. The bonus will contain a set of questions on a particular topic. Teams have until the end of the hour to submit their answers, using the answer sheet linked to on the web page. Hour boni are worth up to 15 points if you don't use the internet, and up to 5 points if you do.
At 10:00 and 2:00 we will release a super bonus, which is a bigger and badder hour bonus. Teams have four hours for each super bonus. It will be worth up to 30 points if you don't use the internet, and 10 if you do.
Action Trivias are usually scenes which teams act out and film, but could also be anything under the sun that gets you up and, you know, active. You will have an hour for each, and they are worth up to 6 points and there will be 7 in total. Some of the points will be for accurate execution and good trivia, and some for style and whether you make us laugh.
There will be one ultra bonus. It will be in 8 parts. The first set of clues will be released at 10pm, and your objective is to tell us what they have in common. Another set will come out at 11, and then at midnight, etc. All clues together lead to one thing, and you get points if you tell us what. Guess as many times as you like. The value of the ultra depends on how early you get it:
You may use the internet "at will" on the Ultra bonus.