Geeks Who Drink, the nationwide pub quiz, is celebrating the most hallowed day on the geek calendar with a very special quiz. This May 4, select bars across the country will be hosting "Let the Wookiee Win: A Star Wars Quiz."
At regular Geeks Who Drink events, attendees are tested on general nerdiness. There are questions about world history, geography, current events, movies, video games, etc. To win, you have to make sure that you and your teammates are well-rounded in your knowledge of minutia. Every now and again, though, the group hosts theme nights. Previously, they’ve held quizzes dedicated to Arrested Development, Game of Thrones, Doctor Who and, most recently, the Avengers.
Theme quizzes are for the hardcore. Trust me on this. Last year, I participated in the Game of Thrones quiz with some friends. As far as tests go, I would rank it as more difficult than AP U.S. History. It is, however, much more fun than any advanced placement test. That’s why I’ll likely participate in the Star Wars quiz.
This is what you need to know about the Star Wars quiz. It’s testing knowledge from the original trilogy, i.e. episodes IV-VI. According to the Facebook invite, you won’t need to watch the entire run of The Clone Wars or read all the novels or play the video games. The invite also stresses that there will be no prequel questions. If you’re one of those people who is all, “grumble grumble Phantom Menace grumble grumble Jar Jar Binks,” fear not.
However, that doesn’t mean that this will be an easy shot for those of us who grew up watching and rewatching Empire Strikes Back. We’re dealing with test-makers who can properly spell Wookiee. They know their stuff. After participating in the Game of Thrones quiz, and observing the Doctor Who quiz, I can tell you that the quiz writers dig deep for their questions. You can say that you’re the biggest fan – and you might be – but they will probably stump you.
The one exception to the original trilogy rule is that Geeks Who Drink has stated that they will be asking a question about the Holiday Special. They also specify that this will be “really, really hard.” Some venues will also have costume contests during the quiz.
The standard rules of Geeks Who Drink apply here. Teams cannot exceed six members. You can play by yourself. Unlike regular quizzes, there is a cover charge of $5 for this event. Even if you aren’t playing, you’ll have to pay the cover. That money goes into the pot, about half of that provides the cash prize for first place in this “winner-takes-all” event (the rest covers overhead, according to the FAQ). Age restrictions depend on the venue, so check beforehand to see whether or not your local Geeks Who Drink establishment is 21+.
Also, note that you can’t reserve a spot for your team for this event. You will have to line up before the event. The lines can be long, as was the case when we did the Game of Thrones quiz. Also, bars can be kind of small and this is Star Wars, one of the biggest pop culture touchstones of the past century. Do yourself a favor and plan for early arrival.
Here are the locations and times for “Let the Wookiee Win: A Star Wars Quiz” that have been announced. More locations are coming. Los Angeles Star Wars fanatics, please note that so far there is only one location for the quiz, at Complex in Glendale. However, a source with knowledge of the situation did confirm to me that they are planning adding a second quiz to serve fans who live at the southern end of L.A. Check the Facebook event page for further updates and more information.
Albuquerque, NM, O’Niell’s (Nob Hill), 8 p.m.
Austin, TX, Opal Divines Penn Field, 6 p.m.
Denver, CO, Three Lions Pub, 5 p.m.
Glendale, CA, Complex, 4 p.m.
Houston, TX, Baker Street Pub (Rice Village), 6 p.m.
Kansas City, MO, Charlie Hooper’s, 6 p.m.
Madison, WI, Buck and Badger, 4 p.m.
Minneapolis, MN, Cardinal Tavern, 2 p.m.
New Orleans, LA, Twelve Mile Limit, 6 p.m.
Raleigh, NC, Natty Greene’s, 6 p.m.
Rochester, NY, Lovin’ Cup, 5 p.m.
Sacramento, CA, Alley Katz, 7:30 p.m.
San Antonio, TX, Firehouse Pub, 7 p.m.
Seattle, WA, Buckley’s in Belltown, 6 p.m.
Tucson, AZ, Hotel Congress, 7 p.m.
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