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Monday, March 12th, 2007
5:52 pm
O Lylly, Düd?
Not to be obnoxious, but:
Seriously, only two of you had anything to say about this?
(See previous entry if you don't know what I'm talkin')
That's fine if it's true, but somehow I don't (want to) believe it.
Friday, March 9th, 2007
1:42 pm
Hey guys I know I posted awhile back asking who was in to rock some new rounds of Trivia_Rockout. I think we're gonna try a format change that will make both scoring and participating a little easier.

This is what I am thinking (feel free to jump in and shoot down anything that sucks or champion anything that rocks or bring something, anything new to the table):

Instead of 10 rounds of 5 questions with a bonus round per game as we've done, we would have 5 rounds of 10 questions and no bonus round per game, where each round lasted exactly (or at least, approximately) a week before the next round was posted. In other words, we'd choose a specific day of the week, and that would always be the day that new trivia was posted. Since it'd only be one day a week that a new round was posted (we'd have to be pretty strict about this), it would be easier to keep a scoreboard, since I (or whoever was the moderator/wanted to do it--I am still not opposed to someone else taking that position of course) could just tally up all of the scores once a week.

In the posting for the new round, the answers for the previous round would be featured (rather than in a comment on the round for which they are the answers). The questions in each round could have a theme, or two themes, or no specific theme at all (themes preferable I guess?).

Also, one of the ten questions (preferably the same numbered question every time--Question #10 would make it easiest probably) would have to be "un-Googleable." I got this idea from the Ken Jennings weekly trivia E-Mails. What I mean is basically that the question would have to be something like "what do the following rock albums have in common?" or "what is unique about the following world cities that applies to no other cities anywhere?" or maybe even like "identify this painting" or "from what movie did this video clip come?" As always we'd be on the honor system not to use search engines or look at the answers (which, as I said, won't be in the comments on the post anymore, and which won't even appear until it's too late to answer them), but this Question #10 would make it much more difficult and interesting, and perhaps we could weight this question separately, or weigh it the same as all the others but keep a special separate tally for Question #10s? That's kinda how Jennings does it too, I don't wanna be a ripoff but it is a pretty good system and I would like to revive this community from COMPLETE DORMANCY and DOWNRIGHT CHODERY.

Plus PRIZES! I could offer prizes. I have enough awesome stuff that I'm likely willing to part with to give out prizes even if the moderator does not want to, but obviously that (or a combination of both) is acceptable. Hell we could give stuff out for 2nd and 3rd, too. In the interests of covering shipping we could solicit donations, which of course would, by no means, be necessary/required to JINE IN THE FUN.

Also I kind of like the idea of E-Mailing your answers in rather than leaving them as comments. That sorta destroys the purpose of an LJ-based trivia game in a way, maybe? Or maybe the answers to the questions COULD be posted in the comments, but just not 'til a week later. HMMM...

Also no half- or partial-points. One question, one point. The end. I was looking at the main scoreboard on the userinfo page here, and I won once with 30 and one-twelfth points...that's just ridiculous. One question, one point.

So what do you guys think? EVERYBODY WEIGH IN HERE, I mean we'll all be playing it, let's hear your thoughts on this new format or anything else really, hell just ask a trivia question or say hello if you want, I just wanna know you guys are still out there and willing to reign down on the LJ online trivia gamin' once again.
Thursday, August 10th, 2006
11:20 pm
1) How many of you would actually play this consistently if it was resurrected?

2) What about if PRIZES were offered?

3) Is anyone interested in keeping detailed scoreboards like the ones formerly kept for this community (or perhaps slightly fancier--I have some ideas)? That is essentially the only thing keeping me from bringing back the Rockout perma-style with prizes and other bitching fun.

Your feedback is appreciated my friends!
Thursday, February 23rd, 2006
4:31 pm
Game XVI: Final Scores
The final results for Game XVI have been tabulated. In Olympic style, I shall present the recipients of the gold, silver, and bronze medals.

Current Mood: accomplished
Friday, February 3rd, 2006
9:14 am
Game XVI: Bounus Round (Africian Nations)
Name 10 African nations.

You may submit up to 10 answers to the bonus question. One will not be penalized for an incorrect answer, but only unique answers (i.e. answers not submitted by another contestant) will count.
Monday, January 30th, 2006
1:54 pm
Results: Game XV
I finally found time to make a score board à la jodamiller for Game XV. It turns out he's also the big winner of that game! Congratulations!

jabberwocky, you placed in 3rd close behind augustar, but you didn't get points for the first question since you didn't want to answer because you saw the titles in the sound files. Would you like m to create a make-up question for that, or are you ok with your score being what it is now?
10:29 am
Deadline Update
I had said that the deadline for Game XVI answers was midnight this morning, but it seems that Round 10 does not expire until 11:59:59 PM CDT on February 1. So, you still have until that time to get your answers in.

Even if you are past deadline for full credit, don't let that stop you from answering any questions! Opportunities to move up the score board are plentiful. To see which questions you may still need to answer, consult the score board.
Wednesday, January 25th, 2006
9:19 pm
Trivia Rockout: Dire Straits
My friends, we have reached a crucial crossroads. The scoreboards on which we'd come to rely are no more to be, and I, the Head Moderator, Creator, and self-proclaimed Emperor of this Community, don't work a job where I can internet around for hours on end any longer. This is doubly complicated by the notion that by the time I get home at night I don't usually feel like internetting around. I mean, the impossible has occurred: I answered like three rounds in the current game too late to even receive full credit.

So, I am considering retiring the community. Involvement seems to be at an all-time low, for whatever reason. Nobody knows who won the last three games. The last three moderators probably all still have posting access; I'm too lazy to find out. After Josh's game is over, nobody's slated to moderate the next one, and I'm not feelin' it ("it" being "picking up the reins just now"). Has trivia_rockout truly jumped the shark?Maybe in the next 48 hours (or ten minutes, or week and a half, or 73 months) I'll change my mind, but I think after this round, unless someone can submit/suggest an alternative, or have a go at moderating (again or for the first time), or whatever, it's time to put the ol' TR on hold until I/we can come up with a plan for restoring it beyond its former glory. We really did have like 12 people consistently submitting answers for a little while. It always seemed like somehow we should have much more than that, even, though. Oh, but for the days where meow4margs won a game, and everyone chuckled at the witticisms offered up by buckhill and thedaneoflawder...I'm talking about the trivia_rockout glory days of sonicwishfish (the only person to get the V.S. Naipaul question in Game I right), babydinosaur (winner of the first game ever), and lilygish (who knows if she's still alive, let alone a LiveJournal user).

So, say what you will, but for now, starting with the end of this round, alternative suggestions notwithstanding, I thank you all for what support you were willing to give as long as you did so. I don't want to say we've partied our last party, nor would I suggest or recommend un-joining the community, but the outlook isn't pleasant for the Mudville Nine today.

See ya on Jeopardy!, my friends. See ya on Jeopardy!.
9:23 am
Game XVI, Round 10: Wonders
  1. Do you want your bonus points go to toward this round game or the next round game?
  2. Name a wonder of the ancient world.
  3. Name a different wonder of the ancient world.
  4. Name a different different wonder of the ancient world.
  5. Name a different different different wonder of the ancient world.
  6. Name a different different different different wonder of the ancient world.

The bonus round will be posted on Monday, Januray 30, 2006. All answers must be submitted prior to that date (i.e. 11:59:59 on Sunday, January 29, 2006).
Monday, January 23rd, 2006
8:39 am
Game XVI, Round 9: Nature
Name the trees to which these leaves belong.
1. 2.3.
Friday, January 20th, 2006
9:42 am
Game XVI, Round 8: Pop Culture
Given each person's birth name, provide the more common public identity.

Richard Starkey - Ringo Starr
  1. Paul Hewson
  2. Michael Douglas
  3. Thomas Mapother IV
  4. Diana Spencer
  5. Reginald Dwight
Thursday, January 19th, 2006
1:51 pm
Expiration Dates
ATTN: Some people have answered some rounds and not others while some have answered the rounds the others haven't answered and not the ones that the others have. Regardless, this is a notice that the Round 1 time limit has expired, though a late response is worth 75% credit. Round 2 will expire tonight. So, if you have not taken the opportunity to answer the questions asked to date, feel free to do so.
1:34 pm
Game XVI, Round 7: Languages
Given a country, name its official language.

Countries with multiple official languages will have any of their languages accepted. National and minority languages will not count unless they are somehow also one of the official languages.
  1. Angola
  2. Moldova
  3. Bahrain
  4. Sweden
  5. Andorra
Wednesday, January 18th, 2006
8:53 am
Game XVI, Round 6: Games
  1. How many blank tiles are in a Scrabble game?
  2. What is the point value of the outer bulls eye on a dartboard?
  3. How many feet apart are the stakes in horseshoes?
  4. On a roulette wheel what color is the zero?
  5. How many one eyed jacks are in a 52 card deck?

Current Mood: working
Tuesday, January 17th, 2006
11:15 pm
Game XVI, Round 5: Business
  1. What major US oil company once filed for bankruptcy as the result of a suit brought against it by Pennzoil?
  2. Andy Grove is most closely associated with what company?
  3. Of Kraft, Post Cereal, Little Debbie Snack Cakes, and Miller Beer, which is NOT manufactured by or otherwise affiliated with Phillip Morris?
  4. Of Delta Airlines, FedEx, Home Depot, and Georgia Pacific, which company is NOT based in Atlanta, GA?
  5. What does IPO stand for, as it relates to the stock market?
Saturday, January 14th, 2006
11:15 pm
Game XVI, Round 4: U.S. Presidents
Ok, name the president in question.

Because there have been Presidents with the same Last name PLEASE PUT THE FIRST AND LAST NAME for full points. Thanks for the understanding.

  1. Who is the only president that was never married?
  2. Name one of the three presidents who died on the 4th of July.
  3. Who was the first president to be born a US Citizen?
  4. Who was the first president to ride in a car, as well as an airplane?
  5. What president was born with the name Leslie Lynch King, Jr?
  • Bonus: Name the other presidents who died on the 4th of July (one point for each, remember the total points cannot exceed 5)
Friday, January 13th, 2006
10:32 pm
Game XVI Scores
Scores for this game will be kept here: http://homepage.mac.com/jodamiller/tr/gxvi.html
9:15 am
Game XVI, Round 3: Philosophy
Given a quote and a time period, name the famous philosopher.

  1. "Crito, we owe a cock to Asclepius." Ancient.
  2. "If there is a God, whence proceed so many evils? If there is no God, whence cometh any good?" Medieval.
  3. "Cogito ergo sum." Modern.
  4. "Without music life would be a mistake." Postmodern.
  5. "Man has free choice to the extent that he is rational." Medieval.
Thursday, January 12th, 2006
9:27 am
Game XVI, Round 2: Literature
Below are the first lines from different books.  One-half point will be awarded for the title of the book, one-half point will be awareded for the author of the book.

  1. It was a feature peculiar to the colonial wars of North America, that the toils and dangers of the wilderness were to be encountered before the adverse hosts could meet.
  2. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way--in short, the period was so.
  3. "Well, Prince, so Genoa and Lucca are now just family estates of the Buonapartes."
  4. To the red country and part of the gray country of Oklahoma, the last rains came gently, and they did not cut the scarred earth.
  5. The boy with fair hair lowered himself down the last few feet of rock and began to pick his way towards the lagoon.

Current Mood: calm
Tuesday, January 10th, 2006
11:56 pm
Game XVI, Round 1: Explorers
I thought about doing this when I was moderating Game XIII, but am going to follow my idea this time. I'm going to pick one question each from Games I-X and use them as Rounds 1-10 in this game. These are all question which have been asked here before, so lets see how many you remember (especially if you were the one who asked the question)!

"Name the Explorer who is considered to have...
  1. ...been the first to reach the Pacific Ocean by crossing the American continent (1513; Spanish).
  2. ...led the first expedition to travel all the way around the world (1519-1522; Portugese).
  3. ...led the first European expedition to travel around Africa's Cape of Good Hope (1488; Portugese).
  4. ...been the first European to sail to Greenland (982; Norwegian/Icelandic).
  5. ...been the first person to fly over the North Pole (in a dirigible), and the first person to reach the South Pole, becoming also the first person to visit both poles (1926 and 1911, respectively; Norwegian)."

Current Mood: nerdy
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