Welcome back to Trivial Warfare Episode #4.
We have a great show for you this week. In episode 4 Chris stumps Jonathan with a Jamaica Mistaica and Chris faces a spelling quiz focused on the governator.
On the positive side, Jonathan shows off his knowledge of elements and Chris refuses to lose when it comes to modern world politics questions.
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I expect that most of what you'll read on this page will be the show notes that go along with each episode. That being said, I want to take a minute and explain why we're here.
About a year ago I was complaining to a friend about the lack of good trivia podcasts available. As a competitive person I was looking for something a little like the pub quiz games that Chris and I play regularly or something like Jeopardy. I was really looking for a show that I could play along with. That friend introduced me to the Good Job Brain podcast and I fell in love with it immediately. The show they are doing wasn't exactly what I was imagining, but it was excellent and showed me that the host's personalities could carry a trivia show a long way.
Eventually I learned that GJB had gotten their start from a kickstarter project and I heard the little voice in my head say the words I've heard so many times in my life - "if they can do it, you can do it". I realized that I could create the show that I was searching for myself. Sure, it could flop. Maybe nobody would listen at all. I knew I couldn't control that, but I also knew that we could do a good show. I knew that Chris and I would have fun doing it and I hoped that the fun would find its way from the microphone into your hearts.
So in November of 2013 we gave it a good try. The original show was more organized into rounds and more stringent in terms of categories. It also sounded terrible. We were sharing a headset microphone and you could hear background noise and static all throughout the broadcast. Those 3 shows are still on my hard drive. They aren't terrible, but I knew that I wouldn't be proud to release them to the public. I was also too busy with my infant son and finishing my MBA to do anything about it immediately.
The next try sometime in mid-2014 was a little better. We had upgraded to better (but still inferior) equipment on the cheap but it still sounded bad. However, we had learned from our first mistakes and the shows were a little better, but they still weren't good enough. We hadn't found our groove yet. After I finished school I forked over the money for a mixer, some decent microphones and other recording paraphernalia. We changed the show up to make it more easy going. We decreased the difficulty level a little bit and focused more on chatting back and forth and generally having a good time.
The result of our third try is what you hear in the first two episodes that have already been released. Now that we had a product I was proud of it was time to invest. I can't count the hours I've spent learning about equipment, broadcasting, editing and working logos and other design elements. I forked over the money for a website domain and hosting as well as a few other things and have spent the last couple of weeks trying to make sure that people can get a hold of the shows when we actually convince them to listen.
That's where we are now. I'm very proud of what we've done. I think the shows are good, the website is coming together bit by bit and we've gotten very positive reactions from our friends who have taken the time to listen. Both Chris and I are excited to see where this goes.
Other than downloading and listening we really only ask one thing. If you really enjoyed the show, then share it with people via your social network of choice. We're going to do our part, but the true success of the show rests in the hands of those who would listen to it.