Rumble in the Pub is back! It's been a calendar year since we last challenged you to enter the ring against your fellow eggheads, so pull your gloves on, Rock, and get ready. This year we're getting down to business by shortening and simplifying things a bit. We're also adding a few more regions to our invitational throwdown. Teams will spend four weeks waging war in the qualifying period, leading up to a Final Rumble in each region. This year's Finals will take place in Denver, Seattle, Austin, Houston, D/FW, Chicago, Boston, Portland, Albuquerque, Kansas City and Los Angeles.
At the Final Rumble you’ll compete not only for the regional pot* but a chance at a national prize for the overall Rumble in the Pub winner. How do you get a Final Rumble invite for your team? Well, that’s where the fun comes in. If you want to eat lightnin' and crap thunder, read closely below.
*That's a pot of cash, Denver and Seattle. Calm down.
First things first: You'll need to register your team. Registration is open now, so head to this page and get your team set up. You'll need to give us the names and email addresses of two team captains. Once you’ve registered, you’ll receive an email confirmation. Any problems? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You’ll use the same team name every week, so pick something you can live with for a month's worth of quizzes. See our PAQ below for a few guidelines. If you played in the last Rumble, feel free to keep the torch going for that team name. Click here to download and print our handy registration cards to give to your Quizmaster so you don't forget to provide your registration number.
Registration will be open until end of day on August 10. Don’t get left behind.
Once you’ve registered, you’ll receive an email confirmation. Any problems? Email email@example.com.
Between Monday, August 4 and Sunday, August 31 (we don’t roll on Shabbos) your team will qualify for your region's Final Rumble via a point system. Winning 1st place at a quiz gets you three points, 2nd place gets you two, and 3rd gets you one. 4th through last? No points, try again tomorrow.
The top 30 teams (by points) in each region are automatically invited to their region's Final Rumble. Spots beyond that will depend on team availability, venue space and who gives the best back rubs. There’s incentive to rack up those points - we’ll reward the top ranked team in each Rumble region with a $100 gift card to the Geeks Who Drink venue of their choice, even if they win nothing at the Final Rumble.
Note: You can play ANY day of the week at ANY venue you like, ANYwhere in the Geeks network during the qualifying period, not just in the cities that are hosting the Final Rumble. Vacationing in another Geeks market? Great! Rack up some points on your downtime.
The Final Rumble will be an event to separate the heavyweights from the glass jaws. Saturday, September 6 (don't worry, that's the weekend after Labor Day) in Denver, Seattle, Austin, Houston, D/FW, Chicago, Boston, Portland, Albuquerque, Kansas City and Los Angeles. Tickets will be $30 per team and you’ll pay for them ahead of time via PayPal (we’ll send you the link if you qualify).
RSVP to the Facebook event at bit.ly/Rumble2014
Standings are posted once a week on the Geek in Review, which can be found on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/geekswhodrink (What, you aren't following us on Facebook? What kind of loyal quizzer are you?).
PAQs: Probably Asked Questions
I’m not getting emails from you guys. This is important. We’re going to email you from time to time, and some of them will be about things like PayPal, which sound awfully spammy to email providers. Please add firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com to your whitelist, okay?
How are teams defined in the Rumble? The usual teams of six, except a team will have two team “captains” who are our go-to contacts. Team members may rotate for any reason, but at least one of the two captains must be present.
How will team names work? Save your quips for Twitter because we’re making you keep the same team name throughout the Rumble. You’ll probably want to avoid overused teams names or pop-culture references, to be safe. Plus, if you’re referencing The Big Lebowski, Anchorman or especially Super Troopers, odds are it's been done and it's being done, right now, somewhere else in this tournament. Be creative!
Where will my region's Final Rumble be held? We'll know that soon. Watch this space and our Facebook event, where you should have already RSVPed, for that info.
So, it's way easier to qualify if I play at a venue with fewer teams than at the more competitive venues with lots of teams? That's not really a question, but yes, you can totally qualify this way.
Do I have to put my Rumble Code on every answer sheet I turn in? Technically, no. As long as the Quizmaster knows you are you, and your code gets uploaded to our blog at the end of quiz, then all is well.
Will this get me in to Geek Bowl? This has nothing to do with Geek Bowl, but you might want to look at it as a warmup exercise if you’re considering making the trip to Albuquerque in 2015.
What about video rounds, 104 pt. quizzes, lunar eclipses and stock market crashes? I’m scared and confused. Chillax. It’s not a perfect system, but it’s the best we got.
But we weren't planning on playing that night! You're getting closer to figuring out our fiendish plan.
Can I have your number? No. Well... maybe.