Thank you all for a wonderful TCONA weekend! Personal highlights include drunk Password during the 24-hour marathon with Home Game Enterprizes and scoring seven points in a game of SmartyPants that included Patrick Friel and Brian Fodera (who each scored three times as much, but still). It was all great, and 2016 is on the way to being all the greater. Can’t wait to see you in Vegas next August!
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This post will be updated as details are gathered, and will be where you can find all TCONA5 final times, scores, etc.
Great TCONA Scavenger Race Hunt Amazingness
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First Quiz of TCONA5
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Steve Perry got the highest score.
* please note that some First Quizzes were handed in NOT GRADED, and those have not been included on this list.
Learned League Live 2015 TCONA Open:
3rd place: Susannah Brooks & Shane Whitlock (a tie!)
2nd place: Yogesh Raut*
1st place: Joshua Kreitzer
Learned League Rundle Championship:
3rd place: Steve Perry**
2nd place: Raj Dhuwalia
1st place: Scott Blish
*Yogesh Raut was also the winner of SmartyPants.
3rd place: Steve Perry
2nd place: Matt Frost
1st place: Yogesh Raut
*click to see the rankings of all 117 players.
Team Trivia Championship
A whole lot of things went spectacularly right this weekend, but we want to know how we can make this better for you moving forward. If you went this year, please, do us a favor and fill out the short survey here.
Reactions, picture galleries, video mashups of people reading Emma Lazarus in the desert, and tons of everything else to come over the next few days, once we get back to the base, but we’re just so happy this weekend wound up rocking as hard as it did, and we’re touched that the national trivia community is really becoming a thing.
Thanks, you magnificent geniuses.
This is your seeding, based on scores received at The First Quiz of TCONA. You may still opt out, in which case the teams behind you will simply move up a spot.
||Patrick Friel & Raj Dhuwalia
||Steve Perry & Hans von Walter
||Pam Mueller & Brad Rutter
||Cliff Galiher & Brian Fodera
||Susannah Brooks & Matt Jones
||Steve Bahnaman & Solomon Stein
||Dave Legler & Jeremy Cahnmann
||Eric Panchenko & Jonathan Hess
||Jeremy Horwitz & Kira Pace
||Bill Penrose & Gene Bawdon
||Jerome Vered & Henry Herron
||Lee Ann Whitlock & Shane Whitlock
||Joshua Kreitzer & Jason Kreitzer
||Jeff Frank & Bill Patschak
||Jean Cui & David Whitley
||David Hirschberg & Paul Frankenstein
||Brian Ibbott & George Doro
||Mike Burger & Colby Burnett
||Harvey Silikovitz & Jackie Fox
||Sara Lehmann & Carlos Ross
||Kristin Sausville & Lee Ann Roberts
||Don Guckenberger & Julie Ghanbari
||Choyon Manjrekar & Matt Guerrasio
||Nathan Crane & Joe Griffin
||Liz Rosen & Dave Mattingly
||Jason V. Zuffranieri & Trevor Schultz
||Jill Gilbert & Hari Kadappa
||David Dixon & Kristina Larkins
||Peter Malone & Theresa Kim
||John Lance & Andrea Betancourt
The 5×5 website has been updated for the 2015 edition of the Trivia Championships of North America!
It covers the rules of the game, the criteria that determines the twenty-five  semi-finalists, as well as the history of the game. You can view the 2014 two-game final match! We recommend that new players familiarize themselves with the rules to better understand how the game is played before competing for the first time.
The player match-ups are pre-set. Bill Schantz has worked hard to make sure that those who signed up for the scavenger hunt are playing 5×5 at a time that does not conflict with that event. Thanks, Bill!
The semi-finalist results will be posted here on Saturday, August 8th, between 5:00 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. The semi-final games are on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. Then the top five  players will compete in the final game on Sunday morning.
Thanks for your interest in 5×5 and good luck to everyone!
If you’re still interested, there is a waiting list of both individuals and pairs, in case people change their mind etc. Email Jamie@TriviaNYC.net to be included on said list.
See you in less than a week!
Cocktails first, questions later.
Now that you’ve seen the TCONA5 schedule, do you know what you want to participate in? We’re hoping the answer is “everything,” but the more important thing is that if that is your answer, we want to make sure you can play everything. We’re scheduling everyone into event sessions that won’t interfere with their other event sessions, as long as we know what you want to play!
If you want to participate in the 5×5 tournament, email Jamie@TriviaNYC.net right away. Tell her that you want in, and that you got this directive from TCONA.com.
If you want to participate in The Great TCONA Scavenger Hunt [working title], you need a teammate. This is a pairs event with a player cap of twenty-five (potentially thirty) teams. Don’t have a teammate but still want in? Email Jamie at the above address and let her know so she can save you a spot and perhaps help you find a teammate.
If you want to participate in Quiz Bowl, make sure Jamie has your team name and roster ASAP. Want to play but need a team? Email Jamie or visit the TCONA facebook page to offer yourself up and look for other floaters. Some QB teams may still be coming together on Day One in Las Vegas, so don’t panic if you don’t have one yet.
And now, a GIF Challenge for your viewing and trivia pleasure.
Is this fact or fiction?
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Friends and quizzers, your patience is appreciated more than you know, and hopefully rewarded in spades with this short & sweet post!
There may be some impromptu late night trivia that is off-schedule, because WE ALL WANT ALL OF THE TRIVIA, and potentially minor tweaks along the lines of room changes, but this is at least 99% confirmed as the official TCONA5 schedule, and those are good numbers.
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After lots of experimentation, we’re finally at the point where we can announce the launch of the Quizzing North America Podcast Network. Our flagship podcast, Q&A, a straight-up Questions & Answers podcast (in the style of James Carter’s excellent, incredibly long-running, no-frills, all-content Podquiz cast), has been running live every Friday for a few weeks now.
Now, we can announce our second new cast, Behind The Questions, hosted by Million Second Quiz runner-up (and NYC live host) Brandon Saunders. Each week, he delves into the background behind a given trivia question. It’s 10 minutes of geekery on a different topic each week, and he’s glib and goofy without getting ranty.
This week, he talks about the history behind Asteroids, one of the most popular video games in history, and how important it was as a bridge between the monopixel games that came before it, and the fluid VR games of today. He also runs down some tips & tricks on how to beat this legendarily difficult game of inertia and flying rocks. Be the star of your local arcade! Save yourself a fortune in quarters!
Right now, all the podcasts in the QNA Network (we have a couple more in the pipe right now, and we’re always looking for other ideas; the world of trivia podcasts is kind of bare) are on the same RSS & iTunes friendly feed, though we might break them out at some point. We’ll see how it goes.
Please, do us a favor, and share this stuff if you like it. If you don’t, or if there’s a way we can make this better, do let us know.
Here’s hoping the pleasant weather is good where you are, and bad, well, nowhere, really.
Just to let you know that the Early Bird first-100 rate of $129 for TCONA5 registration is fast approaching. We should reach the end of it in the next day or two, so if you want in at that price for a full weekend of amazing quizzing, games, rubbing shoulders with trivia greats and general intellectual Vegas debauchery, now’s a good time to pull the trigger.
We’ve got a full docket of events already, and we’re still adding things. It’s already the biggest event of its kind in the world, and we’re just getting started.
Register today. Seriously, you’re going to want to.