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What is a quiz night table game ?

We’ve provided a number of quiz night table game examples on this blog but recently someone contacted us asking for some clarification as to what a table game was. So with apologies to old hands who need no such clarification…

A quiz night table game is a game / series of questions / puzzle that can be left on the table of each participating team for them to work on at their own pace.

The primary difference between a table game and a normal round of questions is that all the participating teams must work through a round of questions together.

The MC (Mic Controller / announcer) reads out the questions for a round and each team must write down their answers and then hand in their answer sheet for that round once it is complete.

A table game on the other hand can be left on the tables at the beginning of the night and teams may work on them at their convenience up until the point they are to be collected (perhaps at the halfway break).

The easiest way to understand what a table game is is to look at some examples :

A Quiz Night Table Game : Name the Logo/Flag

A Quiz Night Table Game : Name the African Countries

A Quiz Night Table Game : 1920s Slang

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Ideas for small quiz prizes

Quiz nights can be super duper fun and if your running one for a good cause you can raise some funds at the same time.

As chronicled in this blog you can make your quiz night more enjoyable by adding table games  and novelty events. Often these side games will earn the winning team a small prize.

If your quiz is a fundraiser for a good cause don’t be shy about asking local businesses to sponsor the night by providing a couple of prizes.

Here are a few ideas for small quiz prizes.

Quiz Prizes from Amazon.com

If you haven’t left your prize purchasing to the last minute (hey you’re busy, we understand), Amazon is a great place to browse for small quiz prizes. Here are a couple of examples.

The Mathematical Quiz Clock – For around $30 this clock is perfect as a prize for a math based round or table game. You could also aware it as a special prize for the team that did best in the Science and Technology quiz round.

<a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001FVRUFQ?ie=UTF8&tag=custome09-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B001FVRUFQ”>MATH pop QUIZ Clock NOVELTY Mathematical Equation NEW</a><img src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=custome09-20&l=as2&o=1&a=B001FVRUFQ” width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” />

Amazon Math Quiz Clock Link

Joke Prize – For the team than did best in the ’1980s’ round – A VHS video!

Amazon The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride Link[VHS]

Gifts for the whole team

Some side games can be individual based but often the whole team will submit a single answer and so it makes sense to look at gifts for the whole team. Bottles of wine or other alcohol may be appropriate. Even a board game can work well.

A voucher for a dog or cat portrait

This can be a great prize because there will be at least one person in every team with a beloved pet. And a pet portrait is something that many people would get enjoyment from but would not go and purchase themselves. It’s the kind of thing that will make someone smile as they drive home from the quiz night.

There are many great artists that offer animal portraits, I’m sure it wouldn’t take long for you to find one in your area.

A guitar or piano lesson!

You may be able to find musical teachers in your area who would be willing to donate a free lesson. From their perspective they are possibly gaining a new regular client. From the quiz participant’s perspective going along and trying out a musical instrument is an experience they will remember. It would only take a few minutes to search for some local teachers and give them a call to see if they would donate a lesson to your quiz night.

Movie Ticket Vouchers!

Getting some vouchers from your local cinema / movie theater is bound to be an appreciated prize.

There are of course lots of ideas for prizes that are specific to your location or your cause or your quiz context. If you have seen any interesting or funny quiz prizes please leave a comment and let us know!

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