Do you know your Corey Haim films from your Corey Feldman flicks? Are you hip to the fact that the Seattle Mariners are the only MLB team to never play in a World Series? Maybe you’re the person friends call to settle arguments about whether or not the guitar solo in “Freebird” is longer than the guitar solo in “Stairway to Heaven” (it is)?
Even if you don’t know anything other than you’re bored and you miss playing well with others, virtual trivia could be the antidote to atrophy that your medulla oblongata needs. Here are five trivia games you can play with friends (or foes) online.
1: Trivia for Crown Public House: Part of local quizmaster Ryan Kirsch’s “Virtual trivia benefit during the apocalypse” series, this weekly digital iteration emulates the in-person bar trivia that takes place at Crown Public House in downtown Phoenix when there’s not a pandemic. Kirsch hosts the competition on Zoom and winners get glory only. The $5 per-player minimum buy-in benefits Crown Public House. 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Visit Kirsch’s Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/523770301660634) to sign on.
2: Trivia for Ground Control: Benefiting Ground Control coffee shop in Litchfield Park, this installment in Kirsch’s “Virtual trivia benefit during the apocalypse” series (https://www.facebook.com/groups/523770301660634) takes place at 6:30 p.m. Mondays on Zoom. Five-dollar minimum entry fee per player.
3: Trivia for Luana’s: Luana’s Coffee & Beer sits in a historic home in central Phoenix, but if you have to play trivia in your own home, you can benefit Luana’s with a $5 minimum donation to join this part of the “Virtual trivia benefit during the apocalypse” series (https://www.facebook.com/groups/523770301660634). Games take place at 4 p.m. Saturdays on Zoom.
4: Brain Bash Trivia Live: Brain Bash isn’t local, but it’s free and open to everyone, so it’s easy to grab your friends (not literally, of course), and fire up your frontal lobes together. Games take place Mondays through Saturdays (see a full schedule on the Brain Bash Facebook page [https://www.facebook.com/groups/2343642719267897]), and feature fun and varied themes like sports trivia (May 22), Golden Girls (May 24), Music of the 2000s (May 26), Friends (May 28), and King of Queens (May 29).
5: Team Trivia Online: This national organization has trivia nights listed by region, and the Phoenix/Tempe region is packed with trivia nights (about six per week on average). Registration for an online trivia game costs $10 per team at teamtriviaonline.com. Check the website for more events and dates.