Learning through Play: Trivia Night at Factotum Brewhouse

For my final Games and Learning play journal entry,

I’ve chosen to write about a recent encounter with trivia (and craft beer). In support of my boyfriend’s chiropractic business, we (and his massage therapist) attended a community networking event at Factotum Brewhouse in the Sunnyside neighborhood of Denver, CO. I was not expecting game night. In fact, I was actually planning on not attending. Glad I did. Trivia was something I had considered for my play journal but had yet to find something that coincided with our course schedule.

For anyone who has never participated in trivia night,

it’s really not much different than a test at school or board games like trivial pursuit. An entertaining announcer or, MC, kicks things off by getting everyone in teams (players choice). They then hand out some form of answer sheets and reviewing the game rules. On our night of trivia, there were about five teams that consisted of three to five players. Each team gave themselves a name, which is what the MC used throughout each round.

Our trivia had four categories / rounds with about eight questions in each. The MC announced each question and gave everyone a few minutes to jot down their answers. At the end of the round, the MC collected our sheets and tallied up the scores. The team with the most correct answers won.

Prizes for the evening included a free growler, a t-shirt, and a slab of meat –bacon, I believe. Unfortunately, our team did not win any prizes.

Here’s what we did win:

Laughs. A lot of laughs. And the realization that we know absolutely nothing about the corporate food industry. I take that as a good thing. 😉

Trivia is the type of game that is full of surprises. It’s based on player’s previous knowledge and requires collaboration / cooperation from the entire team. Some rounds you may get lucky and know all the answers and others (eh hem… corporate food industry) it’s a guessing game. This makes trivia challenging however, I think the real challenge is working together to agree on a final answer.

Throughout the course of the game each of us had specific moments of “I know this is right.” Sometimes that worked in our favor and other times it did not. It’s difficult to convince a group your answer is right if / when you’re out numbered. Then, you start second guessing yourself… I think this happens a lot on tests (at least for me anyway). But, that’s all part of it, right?

By design,

trivia is a great game for learning. Not only do you get to add random facts to your knowledge bank, but you learn how to work (quickly) with people while under pressure. A skill required for most of today’s competitive jobs. Additionally, I see characteristics of an affinity space here. For example, this particular trivia night happens every Tuesday at Factotum Brewhouse. People who live in the area and love trivia and good beer may participate every week. Participants are of different backgrounds but come together because of a shared interest (Gee & Hayes, 2012). I’ve also seen similar groups like Geeks who Drink, who’s space expands across both physical and virtual worlds.

All in all, trivia night can be fun –even if you lose.



Gee, J. P., & Hayes, E. (2012). Nurturing Affinity Spaces and Game-Based Learning. Games, Learning,  and Society, 129-153. doi:10.1017/cbo9781139031127.015





  4 Replies to “Learning through Play: Trivia Night at Factotum Brewhouse”

  1. April 18, 2017 at 8:03 am

    I was hoping that brewery was closer to where I live (South Broadway). It looks like a fun place. I especially enjoy the cupcake sampler tray. Also, why was bacon a prize? I would be excited to win that I just feel it is a bit random.

  2. April 19, 2017 at 8:33 am

    I’m sure there are trivia nights near you! Not sure why there was bacon? We thought it was random too but maybe that was just part of it 🙂 Thanks for checking out my post!

  3. April 19, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    Factotum Brewhouse sounds like a cool place! The prizes do seem a little random for a trivia contest–did the prizes themselves provide any incentive to win? Or was it more about the competitive atmosphere of the trivia night itself?

  4. April 20, 2017 at 7:34 am

    Hey Logan- I’m not sure and, we left before the game was over. It seemed like the prizes might be random every Tues. For us, it was about the atmosphere, being social, and just having a good time!

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