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South Bend Brew Werks
216 South Michigan Street
South Bend, IN
46601
Tuesday, Mar 28, 2017
[Tuesdays @ 7:00 pm]
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In Which We Quizzed for a Cause: Relay for Life
Mark, International Man of Intrigue

At the quiz, we held the first Quiz for a Cause under my tenure as QM: Relay for Life here in St. Joseph County.  We are proud to support the organization and the events coming up here in our community. To help further their goals and to assist in any fundraising efforts continuing, as well as anybody that may want to participate, the details for the event are below: The Relay for Life will take place on Saturday, June 3 and 4, 2017 at 10 AM at the St. Joseph County Fairgrounds. They are looking for more participants to assist in fundraising efforts as well as to generally volunteer. If you would like to sign up to participate as a survivor, caregiver, team captain,
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Regular Quizmaster of South Bend Brew Werks and Sub QM of other South Bend/Mishawaka area Quizzes.


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South Bend Brew Werks
216 South Michigan Street
South Bend, IN
46601
Tuesday, Mar 21, 2017
[Tuesdays @ 7:00 pm]

Regular Quizmaster of South Bend Brew Werks and Sub QM of other South Bend/Mishawaka area Quizzes.


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South Bend Brew Werks
216 South Michigan Street
South Bend, IN
46601
Tuesday, Mar 14, 2017
[Tuesdays @ 7:00 pm]
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In Which Krypton May or May Not Have Exploded
Mark, International Man of Intrigue

So as many of the regulars know, I am a massive DC person. Classic Marvel, up through about 2006 is good for the most part but once Secret Invasion hit [plus the whole Sins Remembered/One Last Day/Brand New Day era of Spider-Man] they haven’t ever been able to recover and I really believe that while occasionally they get some talented artists they have next to no writing talent. That Bendis and Slott still get storylines is beyond my comprehension. That being said, the new Rebirth set of storylines in DC has been really hit or miss. I was a major fan of the New 52 and how it composited the highlights of the characters and created an easy jump on point for new readers while maintaining
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Regular Quizmaster of South Bend Brew Werks and Sub QM of other South Bend/Mishawaka area Quizzes.


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South Bend Brew Werks
216 South Michigan Street
South Bend, IN
46601
Tuesday, Mar 07, 2017
[Tuesdays @ 7:00 pm]
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In Which No Replicants Were Harmed
Mark, International Man of Intrigue

In honour of how the venue was during the quiz, the rest of this blog will be ALL CAPS, ALL THE TIME. WE HAD A FULL RETINUE OF TEAMS SHOW UP INTO THE PACKED TO THE WALLS BAR FOR THE QUIZ AND WE MANAGED TO KEEP IT GOING THROUGH SOME NOISE. BETWEEN SOME BRILLIANT REFERENCES TO BLADE RUNNER AND THE PRINCESS BRIDE, AS WELL AS ONE TEAM BELIEVING THE PICTURE OF ALL WHITE PEOPLE IN THE VISUAL ROUND TO BE THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR, THERE WERE SOME SPECTACULAR MOMENTS TO BE HAD IN THE QUIZ. ADD IN THAT WE HAD (AN IMPOSTER?) THOM YORKE BASICALLY SOUNDING LIKE HE WAS STROKING OUT THROUGH AFRICA FOR A SECOND WEEK IN A ROW AND WE WERE JUST HITTING ALL THE BREW WERKS IN JOKES. PLUS KEVIN WAS RAMPING UP
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Regular Quizmaster of South Bend Brew Werks and Sub QM of other South Bend/Mishawaka area Quizzes.


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South Bend Brew Werks
216 South Michigan Street
South Bend, IN
46601
Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017
[Tuesdays @ 7:00 pm]
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In Which the Fattest Tuesday is the Wettest Tuesday
Mark, International Man of Intrigue

So being away for a couple of weeks – you know, holidays and vacations – will make anybody fond for something. But coming back, not only did we have the regular teams, but we had basically everybody who could show up do so. We packed the place out, we had Ricky do a dance break during scoring, I had to yell over the whole bar all evening. Really it was an impressive feat of social gathering. I’m fairly positive that the internal capacity of the Brew Werks is about 44 and we had to have pushed that the entire time. Considering that as the quiz was wrapping up we managed to get slapped with a tornado warning and flood-level [for our area] rains, we partied down well. There
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Regular Quizmaster of South Bend Brew Werks and Sub QM of other South Bend/Mishawaka area Quizzes.


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South Bend Brew Werks
216 South Michigan Street
South Bend, IN
46601
Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017
[Tuesdays @ 7:00 pm]
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Signal Interruption
Tracy

BEEEEEEEEEEEEP BEEEEEEEEEP This is just a test...quiz...if this were a real emergency this would be followed by directions… Tracy here, I filled in for ‘not Dave’ last night which I guess makes me decidedly ‘Not Not Dave’ or does that make me Dave...double negatives are confusing...Anyway we had a birthday and some off key singing at the beginning..Then the quiz began, All teams started out strongly but lost momentum when it came to movie punctuation. Yes, ‘To Wong Fu, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar’ is tough to remember
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South Bend Brew Werks
216 South Michigan Street
South Bend, IN
46601
Tuesday, Feb 07, 2017
[Tuesdays @ 7:00 pm]
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In Which Emily and Shayla's Off Hours Victory Made Me Nostalgic
Mark, International Man of Intrigue

So when I took this job running the quiz over at the Brew Werks, it started out as just a way to get some extra cash and get out in the town I had just moved out to. What has occurred over the past sixteen months has been something far beyond that as I have made basically a community here. The staff is fantastic to work with, I have a whole passel of regular teams (many of which have some kind of snarky nick names gained through the quiz – I’m fairly positive that Chocolate Thunder goes around his everyday life using it), as well as a place that I can come and just really enjoy myself. People know me as the quizmaster and know pretty specifically that while I’m not part of
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Regular Quizmaster of South Bend Brew Werks and Sub QM of other South Bend/Mishawaka area Quizzes.


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South Bend Brew Werks
216 South Michigan Street
South Bend, IN
46601
Tuesday, Jan 31, 2017
[Tuesdays @ 7:00 pm]
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In Which We Invoke Rob Paravonian
Mark, International Man of Intrigue

So there is a brilliant comedian named Rob Paravonian who has a long and semi-rambling rant about Johann Pachelbel and how the god awful Canon in D has infiltrated most modern music without most people realizing it. Since he was a cellist, he was forced to realize it and made sure to bring that awareness to the fore. Since we discussed the Canon in the quiz, I thought it would be useful to lay out the text of Mr. Paravonian's quarrel with a centuries dead musican for all to read. It really is best experienced in an audio/video format since getting to hear all the comparisons shows the striking comparisons, but the point is still made and I like spreading awareness. Here you go: I'm
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Regular Quizmaster of South Bend Brew Werks and Sub QM of other South Bend/Mishawaka area Quizzes.


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South Bend Brew Werks
216 South Michigan Street
South Bend, IN
46601
Tuesday, Jan 24, 2017
[Tuesdays @ 7:00 pm]
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In Which I Have A Fire Inside
Mark, International Man of Intrigue

So we filled up the entire bar last night, which was a good draw since it took the place over during Restaurant Week. The new menu is delicious and we pushed out the people who may have wanted to try it by just having all of the teams. What was great about it though is that after the quiz, I threw on the new AFI album as post quiz music and as I was discussing the quiz with the winning team (A Team Haz No Name – first timers to the venue!), they noticed the music and my shirt (also AFI) and we got to discussing the band. Now, the chances of me running into fellow AFI fans is rare but being able to talk to people about the Blood Album just days after it’s release
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South Bend Brew Werks
216 South Michigan Street
South Bend, IN
46601
Tuesday, Jan 17, 2017
[Tuesdays @ 7:00 pm]
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In Which a Secret Raccoon is Found
Mark, International Man of Intrigue

This has been both a week of returns and a week of finding silly surprises in silly places. We had basically all of the regulars show back up, as well as some surprise returns from the semi-regulars. We packed ten teams in and managed to have a random SBPD officer walk in and ask how we were the only place in downtown that was active and what was going on. We even managed to have Kevin be there all night and have him walk out under his own power and completely cognizant while not desperately asking for Taco Bell. It was, all things considered, an impressive feat. With four (!) rounds that counted for double points this evening, there were plenty of opportunities to cash in the joker
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South Bend Brew Werks
216 South Michigan Street
South Bend, IN
46601
Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017
[Tuesdays @ 7:00 pm]
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In Which We Discuss Moral Philosophy Via Polyhedrons
Mark, International Man of Intrigue

So I’ve been drafted into DMing a new D&D campaign. I’m entirely ok with doing this. The playgroup is (basically) entirely new players. I, on the other hand, have been playing and DMing since about 2001. So it’ll be fun to do this. As a note to new players to the game when creating characters: There are generally three paths that happen on a players first couple characters (and none are wrong at all, and in fact are generally the right way to go since it helps newer players get into it):   1) You make the character that is an exaggeration of yourself. You basically think who would I be in this world or what would I want to do and go with it.
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South Bend Brew Werks
216 South Michigan Street
South Bend, IN
46601
Tuesday, Jan 03, 2017
[Tuesdays @ 7:00 pm]
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In Which I Desire to Be Augmented Just SO HARD You Guys
Mark, International Man of Intrigue

Let an ultraintelligent machine be defined as a machine that can far surpass all the intellectual activities of any man however clever. Since the design of machines is one of these intellectual activities, an ultraintelligent machine could design even better machines; there would then unquestionably be an ‘intelligence explosion’, and the intelligence of man would be left far behind. Thus the first ultraintelligent machine is the last invention that man need ever make. -Stanislaw Ulam With a vision of a future like that, things may seem terrifying. But I will always argue in favor of technological advancement and the idea of transhumanist ideals. That we can push
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Regular Quizmaster of South Bend Brew Werks and Sub QM of other South Bend/Mishawaka area Quizzes.


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South Bend Brew Werks
216 South Michigan Street
South Bend, IN
46601
Tuesday, Dec 27, 2016
[Tuesdays @ 7:00 pm]
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In Which I Exclaim My Love of Blue Robots
Mark, International Man of Intrigue

So my holiday was largely themed around Mega Man (which was just phenomenal for me) and it confuses me that for something that is as zeitgeist-y as he is (games, cartoons, cereals, a brand new board game, t-shirts, comics, everything in between), the Blue Bomber still manages to be unknown to a good portion of the under 65 populace. So I’m going to overwhelm you with Mega Man for my own pleasure. Traditionally speaking there are 7 distinct, main Mega Man series plus a wild amount of other spin-offs and compilations that can be thought of when video games roll around which comprise approximately 137 titles that I can track down. The first game released in 1987 with 6 original
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South Bend Brew Werks
216 South Michigan Street
South Bend, IN
46601
Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016
[Tuesdays @ 7:00 pm]
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In Which Literature Meets Technology via a QM's Incredibly Nerdy Joke
Mark, International Man of Intrigue

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Regular Quizmaster of South Bend Brew Werks and Sub QM of other South Bend/Mishawaka area Quizzes.


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South Bend Brew Werks
216 South Michigan Street
South Bend, IN
46601
Tuesday, Dec 13, 2016
[Tuesdays @ 7:00 pm]
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In Which I Take My Teeth Out and Put Them On the Bed Side Table
Mark, International Man of Intrigue

The gap of less than a decade between myself and people younger than myself should not feel that different. I am still in my twenties (even if barely and I’m staring down the next digit flip in a mere three months) and I really quite honestly believed that those in their early twenties could not be that far separated from those in their late twenties as far as cultural knowledge. Obviously those in their early twenties know absolute shit all and are complete morons (just as we of the late twenties and early thirties know nothing compared to the mid thirties/late thirties and continuing relativistic scales), HOWEVER. When I’m having a conversation and I see the movie The Terror
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Regular Quizmaster of South Bend Brew Werks and Sub QM of other South Bend/Mishawaka area Quizzes.


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South Bend Brew Werks
216 South Michigan Street
South Bend, IN
46601
Tuesday, Dec 06, 2016
[Tuesdays @ 7:00 pm]
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Corn Chips...I don't know, let's have fun
Tracy

This place has grown since last I was here. 11 teams! The lawyers and the punniest shone radiantly tonight (that bar exam wasn’t easy). I am still trying to figure out how the clue for Gone with the Wind, which was interpreted as: Fart, Gas, and Farting at Dinner by some teams became...Sense and Sensibility by others...I am baffled….but still highly amused by the entire punny book round. So now to the winners: Taking third place was Team Turbo, and Good News Everyone! You came in second, with a great use of the Joker. And in First place,
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