Invest in a good set of speakers, as you’re going to be loading them in and out of your car and into a bar with some regularity. You’ll want something that can stand up to the abuses of the road, and handle a drop or two without breaking down.
But you’ll also need far more cords, pens and paper products than you’d ever thought you’d need!
Those three products are the things you should stock up on as a trivia host!
Extra Cords and Microphones
Cords will fail over time, even if you handle them with care (and you should, because beating up your cables is a sure-fire way to kill them!)
Failure of cords and microphones always seems to happen at the most inopportune times, as well.
Picture it: You’re reading off a question, doing so with the the proper aplomb we covered in our Hosting post, and suddenly…silence!
Don’t get caught like this, and have to shout your questions for the rest of the night!
Pens, Pens and MORE PENS!
You need to buy three times as many pens as you need. Seriously!
You will set out 50 pens at the start of the night, and I can almost guarantee you won’t have 50 pens on your table at the end of the evening of pub trivia.
Waitresses will accidentally grab them. Your players will inadvertently pocket them. Or maybe they have a pen shrine at home?
They’ll roll under the booths, or between the cushions, and generally just disappear.
Luckily, the solution is easy – grab an extra box or two when you buy pens, and alleviate your issues!
Paper and other products
If you have 10 teams playing trivia, you’ll need 10 answer sheets for them right?
Unfortunately, no. After years of hosting, we can tell you that players LOVE to grab some extra supplies at your table, whether for scrap paper or even to play your game head to head within their own team. So load up before every game!
Be smart, and go way over the top with your supply of…supplies, and don’t be forced to turn away players!