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Geek Discussion: Pub Quizzes- 36

Episode Overview

In our first “Geek Discussion” Episode of Season 5 of Board Gaming with Education, Dustin brings on for the first time, Jay and Spencer. Jay runs the Asian board game review site called Cardboard East. Spencer owns a vegan restaurant in Taipei called Ooh Cha Cha. He also wrote and designed the RPG system The Northern Realm. Be sure to listen in to hear them discuss the topic of pub quizzes, games they enjoy, and other topics.

Read more about the episode and take a look at the games they talk about in this episode below.

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Episode Topics

Amped Up Learning- 1:23

AmpedUplLearning, a teacher owned company, that strives to make
learning fun, engaging and competitive with their unique games and
teacher-created lessons.

Check out their game FRECK!- A new tabletop card game AND classroom resource aimed at teaching your students key social studies vocabulary in an engaging, competitive & creative way. Easy-to-learn game steps, quick-hitting clues & dynamic gameplay make FRECK! a must-have for every history classroom.

Meet Jay and Spencer- 2:08

Jay and Spencer make their first appearance on the Board Gaming with Education podcast! They will be around a lot as semi-regular co-hosts for Season 5. Be sure to listen in to get to know Jay from Cardboard East and Spencer from vegan restaurant Ooh Cha Cha and designer of Northern Realms.

Jay talks about his experience reviewing games in the Asian board game space. He helps designers and publishers bridge the language, cultur, and market gap by holding their hand along the way.

Jay talks a little bit about Shepherd Kit Ocean Crisis. You can keep up to dat on Jay’s reviews on his site Cardboard East.

Spencer discusses his reasons for creating an RPG system called The Northern Realm. He also talks about his experience with Games by Email.

Pub Quizzes- 14:36

Our Geek Discussion topic of this episode is pub quizzes. Spencer walks us through his experience using pub quizzes at his restaurant. He goes into the trials and tribulations of creating a quiz that keeps players coming back. He works with another quiz master to create the quiz for his restaurant. Be sure to listen in to hear the full answers to the questions below:

What type of system does Spencer use for his pub quizzes? At Ooh Cha Cha, Spencer uses a topical question system. They use a color-coded system to organize the questions into different topics. This is to be sure not too many of the same question topics are coming up. Listen in to hear how he does this.

How long is your pub quiz? Spencer runs a two-hour quiz game. He also found that using 15 questions each for three rounds is a perfect length for the game.

What type of questions do you use for the quizzes? Have you ever had an answer to a question on the tip of your tongue, and you just could not think of it. You even refused to look it up on your phone. “No, Google will not help me with this!” Spencer is very conscious about the questions he creates. He talks about the need to write questions that activate memory recall, instead of questions people “just know” like dates and numbers.

How do you make a pub quiz fair? Do you hope to have a static group and create a wide range of questions, or do you plan for a more dynamic group each week? It really depends on your pub quiz. Listen to how Spencer handles this at his pub quiz.

Games from the Episode

Throughout the episode several games are mentioned. If any of these games sound like something you might enjoy playing yourself or in your class, you can help support our podcast by purchasing these games through our Amazon affiliate links. We will earn a small commission at no expense to you. Check out the games below:

Spencer’s Recent Favorite: Lost Expedition

Jay’s Recent Favorite: Net Runner

Dustin’s Recent Favorite: Clank! In! Space!

Other Games Discussed in this Episode


Tales from the Loop

Ocean Crisis

Northern Realms

Dice Fishing


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