March 4th, 2017

Smith Cove Terminal

Seattle, WA


The parties? Legendary. The competition? Fierce. The money? Large, and in the form of a check. 

Geek Bowl XI is coming and, for the first time ever, America's largest trivia event is going down in the pacific time zone. Tie that flannel around your waist and make plans to be in Seattle, WA for the first weekend in March 2017. What is Geek Bowl you ask? It's the best Quiz we produce all year and, with over a thousand attendees, it’s the largest live trivia event in America. More than that, Geek Bowl is an over-the-top spectacle packed with subversive wit, absurd pageantry and all the beer your liver can handle. Teams from all across the 42 Geeks Who Drink states (and at least one team from the Great White North) will head to Seattle to play for nearly $20,000 in prizes. Simply put, it’s the best damn Quiz in the land. As if you needed another reason to come, this year, the whole thing is to benefit Child's Play and their children's hospital partners. Geek Bowl XI is SOLD OUT!

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When is Geek Bowl XI?

Saturday, March 4th, 2017. Now you know what to surprise your boyfriend, girlfriend, partner or guinea pig with for Valentine’s Day. Nothing says “I Love You” like tickets to Geek Bowl.

Where is Geek Bowl XI?

For the first time, Geek Bowl is taking place in the pacific time zone. Tie that flannel around your waist and make your way to Smith Cove Terminal in Seattle, WA for the best damn quiz in the land.


How much cash is on the line?
A lot. Almost $20,000!

Something feels.... different this year. What is it?
Geek Bowl XI will be the first Geek Bowl for a Cause. We've partnered with the Seattle based organization Child's Play. Half of all proceeds from this event will benefit Child's Play and their mission to improve the lives of children with toys and games in their network of over 100 hospitals worldwide. Learn more about our charity partner at

What about music?
We're excited to welcome Escort and their sweet disco sound as our musical guests for Geek Bowl XI!
Where do I buy tickets and how much are they?
All tickets to Geek Bowl XI are now SOLD OUT!
Are there discount accomodations for Geek Bowl players?
Yes! Use the "corporate or group" code g-geeks to book discounted lodging at Hyatt House, Seattle on March 3rd and 4th. You must book before February 9th and space is limited.

How does the seating work?
Seats will be assigned by purchase date, as a tiebreaker we will also take your registration time into account, so you'll want to buy early and register quickly. Teams who buy their tickets (in blocks of 6) first will receive (what we think) are the best seats available based on your placement in the queue. This generally means closest to furthest from the stage, starting in the middle of the room.

What's the deal with having to buy six tickets?
Tickets are sold in groups of six. If you haven't arranged a full team but you know you’re going to Geek Bowl, buy the six tickets and then recruit the rest of your squad.

Recruitment is never a problem and we’ll help you out via our Facebook and Twitter accounts. Plus, come Geek Bowl time we can more or less guarantee there will be lone Seattle players without tickets looking to get picked up.

Will there be food? What about beer?
Yes on both accounts. We have an exciting list of food trucks and vendors who will be providing the eats and there will absolutely be beer available. We are Geeks Who DRINK afterall.

What about the pre-party?
We'll be invading the Museum of Pop Culture (formerly EMP) for the Geek Bowl XI pre-party on Friday, March 3rd. Live music, drinks and access to a number of the musuem's best exhibits. Stay tuned for more info about our best pre-party yet!

Is Geek Bowl the same as a regular GWD quiz?
Well unless your weekly quiz featured a dance troupe reenacting famous dance scenes from movies live on stage, not exactly. 

That said, in terms of format and rules, Geek Bowl is identical to a regular GWD event, just bigger in scope. There are eight rounds of eight questions. You’ll still Joker one round, which will double your points for that round only. The point values for each round will be printed on the answer packets so you can make an informed decision on when to joker.

Will you tease the themes via email like a regular quiz?
With this much money on the line? Nope. Everyone enters the building fresh, including the staff. We don’t even give the quizmasters reading the rounds their script until they’re walking onto the stage.

Is it true that proctors monitor the floor and will drop-kick teams caught using their iPhones, iPads, Android devices, Blackberries, Windows Phones, HAL-9000s, Etch-a-Sketches, and any other extra-cranial devices?
Believe it. There's serious money on the line and we’re not taking any chances just because your stupid daughter has the flu and you’ve got to check in on her. Fuck your daughter. Wait, scratch that. Forget your daughter, because if you're seen so much as looking at a smartphone during Geek Bowl, your team gets a goose egg for the round and might even be ejected from the event.

Just humor us and leave your phones and any other wireless devices in the car. Additionally, if you leave the main seating area in the middle of a round to use the bathroom, make a call or smoke a cancer stick, you won’t be allowed back in until the answer sheets have been collected for that round.

Also, plan on minimalism at the table. Anything that wasn’t given to you by GWD (answer sheet packets, pencils, swag) or that you didn't buy (beer and food) must be put away while the quiz is in play. We’ve got to eliminate the possibility of outside notes/reference material being brought in. 

Oh, and trust us: you cannot study for Geek Bowl. Don’t bother. 

How long will the show run?
Our goal every year is to announce the winners three hours after we start. If we run over, it’s for a good reason.

Will there be quizmasters and teams from other states?
Yes. Each Geek Bowl attracts dozens of quizmasters and hundreds of players from all over the Geeks Who Drink empire. Last year, teams from places as far flung as Chicago, Seattle, Philadelphia and Vancouver B.C. competed for the grand prize.

Why should we buy tickets for Geek Bowl when our team never wins at our regular quiz?
So, you know the whole adage you heard as a kid about winning not being everything? Well, winning is merely most things, but when it comes to Geeks Who Drink we think it’s only the cherry on top (okay, so thousands of cherries). If you don’t think of yourself as a contender, consider Geek Bowl a dork bacchanal. Dress to the nines, drink up and enjoy, because we’ll give you one hell of a show. Promise. Here's just a taste of the nonsense you can expect.

Is there an actual Geek Bowl?
Absolutely! Thanks to Geek Bowl II's winners, The Betas, there's an actual bowl that’s been resides in Albuquerque, Denver, Philly and Little Rock over it's life time. If your team wins, your home bar hosts the Bowl until Geek Bowl 2017. Glory!

My question wasn’t answered here!
Sorry, but that's not really a question, is it? Shoot us an email at and we'll get back to you.