I’ve been thinking about the sort of social event that might make sense over a virtual channel, and one of them that I keep coming back to are games. Not necessarily video games, but I’ve begun collecting interesting/potential options for things like Trivia nights, board games, and even a sort of choose-your-own-adventure light RPG style game…all of which are designed for Zoom/virtual/distant play.
Here’s a few links, I’d love to get some feedback on whether y’all think this is worth continuing to pursue.
http://www.memento-mori.com/pdf/parsely-preview-n-play-edition (this one is a personal fav)
Series of ideas here: https://www.twoscotsabroad.com/zoom-video-conference-call-games/
If anyone has other suggestions, that would be great as well…but I’m super into the idea of a sort of conference-long trivia series, with a prize being given to the winning team of information professionals.
i like the trivia idea alot. also (though not public domain I guess) something related to Jeopardy. could be questions based on information industry history, products, themes etc. Not sure what others think but it’d be good to have a bit of fun since we can’t attend a magic show this year… if something like trivia ran over a course of days it could a way to keep folks engaged …
I agree that games of some sort would be great! I personally love trivia/quizzes but I haven’t (yet) had a great experience with the off-the-shelf versions. We do a homemade family quiz monthly where we take it in turns to create and ask the questions and the scoring is done on an honor basis. It’s more work - and possibly not scalable! - but is my favorite version of online trivia so far…
I think the good news here is that we could afford to pay for a service to design and run Trivia nights for us…
We’ve been playing remote games of Jeopardy at Digital Science quite successfully - the only problem is that the UK folks keep forgetting to answer as a question I’m sure the organisers wouldn’t mind us borrowing the basics for their slide deck if we wanted to. Otherwise, yes to quizzes and RPGs. I think these are great ideas and can take place any time of the day, with and without a drink.
Just as another thought. Not sure whether you would like to do a ‘charity’ quiz or anything for attendees and beyond, but I spent a LOT of lockdown doing Spectacular Quizzes, themed around all sorts of nerdery (Harry Potter was a fave). I don’t know whether they do quizzes for events, and I know they were raising money for Child.org through them, but they would be a fun bunch to potentially work with.
@nlagace and I are thinking of proposing a Standards Jeopardy session at PIDapalooza
Amazing! As a former newbie to this world, I can reveal that a Standards round in DS Jeopardy taught me A LOT. Dublin Core, who knew?!
I definitely think that the trivia idea is worth pursuing.
Another idea possibility would be to run a few rounds of games in the Jackbox Party Pack series. I’ve had great fun with these! Although most of the games have a maximum of eight players, they have been catering to streamers for a while now, so they have robust options for “audience participation”.
My favourite game of theirs is called Fibbage: https://youtu.be/3sXdZPiNTbY
Lots of good ideas in the replies for us to pursue…well done.
I’ve seen a lot of suggestions for these! I’m curious to try a few to see how they work/flow in a large group, though…But yes, these are exactly the sort of thing I’d love to experiment with.