We will emcee the game on Gather, the virtual gathering space. There's no setup or installation necessary; everything runs in the browser. Each team of 4-6 players will be assigned their own area of the virtual room, where they can communicate privately while still being able to see and hear the host.
At the end of every round, each team will submit their answers via a form. Between rounds, all teams will get to chat with one another, giving the whole event the same vibe as a bar trivia night.
Our game avoids the awkward features of Zoom social events, by providing a single gathering space and a structure where small groups can bond. Between rounds, we offer breaks that give the full group a chance to chat together. Teams leave the event feeling energized, smarter, and more creative.
Our event is more than just trivia. Our mystery rounds require you to find patterns in the answers. Our music rounds are more than just name-that-tune. Our puzzle rounds require you to look for connections that go deeper than surface-level information. Teammates get to witness each other problem-solving in a new way. See below for examples.
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In a Mystery Round, we present 10-12 questions whose answers have a common theme that players have to figure out. The answers to the above questions are: Bollywood, Brexit, Juneteenth, and Freakonomics. Can you spot the theme?
In the Poetry Round, we show the first three lines of a poem, and a picture that clues the last line. The answer is a famous quote or meme.
In the Name One round, each question has dozens of answers. Answering correctly earns you 1 point. But if you submit an answer that no one else does, you get 3 points.
In Overlaps, you have to find the one word that fits in both categories. Can you figure out what should replace the question marks?
In a Picture Round, I show four pictures and you have to figure out what they have in common.
“We LOVED Mystery League. Sandy took trivia to a new level we didn’t know existed! Everyone’s minds were buzzing with curiosity throughout and we got to know our team so much better. A+!”— Fernando at Meta
Time. We recommend a 90-minute game, which includes four rounds of trivia. But we can run the game for any duration from 60 minutes to three hours.
Size. We can run the game for any size group, divided into teams of 4-6 players.
Cost. We charge $45/person for four rounds of trivia (90-ish minutes), or $35/person for 3 rounds (60-ish minutes). The minimum cost is $700.
“The clues were just challenging enough that it was immensely satisfying when the answer clicked. Our team's consensus: ‘Just the right level of challenging.’ The answers had us in stitches. We're still talking about it the next day. It was such a fun break from our day-to-day remote work and a great upside to the end of 2020.”— Dawn at Textio
We’ve built games and run events for dozens of companies and organizations, including:
I work with very smart, very discerning colleagues who can be difficult to impress, at best. This was the perfect creative mix of head-scratching, fun, a-ha moments. I 100% recommend The Mystery League.— Annette at IDEO
Sandor Weisz runs The Mystery League. He has been making puzzles and games since he was a teenager. He's a member of the National Puzzler's League. He writes puzzles any chance he can get, which you can find at our Signals newsletter, @pzlr on Twitter, @mysteryleague on Instagram, or occasionally on the NPR Sunday puzzle. He lives in Chicago with his wife, two kids, and dog.