AnswerFest news coming soon.

The seeds of what is now called AnswerFest go back a full fifteen years, when the great Paul Bailey convened a group of game show fans in Colorado to form the first Game Show Congress. The GSC was a small group of fans and players who loved quizzes and game shows, and wanted to just get together for a few drinks over a weekend and chat and play with each other.
But over time, game show legends came, and some stayed, and in 2011, the trivia part of the GSC became the Trivia Championships of North America (TCONA), which spent eight glorious summers in Las Vegas, bringing game show casting sessions, podcast recordings, simulations of great classic games, documentary screenings, and all the trivia anyone could ever want.
Now, we’re moving to New York, and refining the concept into a complete immersive experience for gamers, quizzers, game show nuts, fans, puzzlers, podcasters, broadcasters, vloggers, professionals from the game show industry, smart new people with fresh ideas, and curious players from around the world, fronted by a team with a vision and logistical skill to build this into the planet’s premier gathering for fans and purveyors of fact-based entertainment.

FAQ

WHAT IS ANSWERFEST?

AnswerFest is an annual trivia convention and game festival held in New York City, born out of TCONA, and expanded to include panels, live discussions, new game showcases and livecasting alongside wall-to-wall gaming. As this is our first year in New York City, our plans are modest, but we have multi-track programming, including plenty of live gaming to participate and watch.

We plan to expand out into assorted venues around New York City next year, providing an ever-increasing slate of activities and great things to see, do, talk about, and inspire you to go back out into the world and fight ignorance, in all its forms.

WHERE WILL IT TAKE PLACE?

The main stage of AnswerFest will take place at a single location in New York, over one day in November 2019. Doors will open early, so our two event spaces will be humming all day, building to our QCNY Team Trivia Grand Final starting at 7pm, where we’ll be giving away thousands of dollars in prizes.

WHO SHOULD COME?

  • Do you playing enjoy trivia, game shows, puzzles, mindbenders, or discussions about such things?
  • Would you like to rub shoulders with game show legends and test your smarts against them?
  • Do you feel like the world is getting dumber, and you’d like to do something about it, but you don’t know what?
  • Would you like to meet some great podcasters, radio pundits, & online puzzlers?
  • Are you looking to get better at trivia? At puzzling? Are you looking for tips on how to win at Jeopardy! or other shows?

That’s what AnswerFest is for!

WHAT SHOULD WE EXPECT?

AF2019 will be a one-day, one location affair, with two tracks of events running the whole day. In the main space, we’ll have trivia and puzzle games happening from morning to night, where you can play along with your fellow fans, game show champions, and quiz and puzzle legends. In the second space, we’ll have panel discussions, live podcast recordings, and Q&As running all day, with the smartest, funniest and coolest people in fact-based entertainment.

In the evening, we’ll be holding the QCNY Grand Final, a live bar trivia event for everyone, in which local players who qualified over weeks of play compete for a $2500 cash grand prize. Now, the QCNY Grand Final isn’t just for qualifiers: everyone can play the Grand Final, regardless: teams who have met over the course of the event get to play as well, for other prizes, including medals and trophies.

And glory. Always, there’s glory.

WHAT SETS THIS APART FROM ALL OTHER TRIVIA CONFERENCES?

There are generally two kinds of trivia conferences: single-event championships run by individual companies, and large-scale multi-discipline events, where players spend their time in small rooms, grinding out multiple Quiz Bowl matches against each other. AF looks to bring the best of those two formats together into one large party: you can compete in a dazzling assortment of trivia and puzzle events all day against friends, peers and champions, and you also get the chance to meet with professionals and celebrities who are eager to share their secrets, stories, and experiences with you.

To that, we’re adding a whole raft of podcasters, training sessions to help make you a better puzzler and quizzer, puzzle games, demos of the newest game designs, and panel discussions. At least, that’s the plan.

CAN WE BUY TICKETS AT THE DOOR?

As of this writing, you can, but once we reach capacity, we will not be able to oversell access. We highly recommend you buy in advance.

Unfortunately, if you find yourself unable to attend after buying a ticket, we cannot issue refunds, but if there’s an issue, let us know and we’ll do what we can to not leave you out in the cold.

CAN WE PHOTOGRAPH/RECORD THE EVENT?

If you take pictures or video at #AF19, you have to share them online using the hashtag #AF19. That’s the rules. We don’t make the rules.

(Okay, I guess these are the actual rules.)

I HAVE A PRESENTATION/PODCAST/GAME/COOL THING I WANT TO PRESENT AT ANSWERFEST. WHAT DO I DO?

Contact us! We have extremely limited schedule space, but we’d love to see if your P/P/G/CT would be a good fit.

WE’D LIKE TO BE A SPONSOR OF ANSWERFEST. WHAT DO WE NEED TO DO?

Awesome! Contact us here. We’ll help you get your name/brand/idea in front of the smartest people on Earth.