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Amid the lockdown, Chennai quizzers take to WhatsApp to host games

Last updated on March 26, 2020

Is it a pub quiz? Is it a boardgame? It’s somewhat little bit of each, really, and since Chennai’s quizzers and boardgame fanatics received’t be holding gatherings anytime quickly, they’re now holding periods on WhatsApp.

Considering its origins as a dialogue group for severe points, H-129 has had a few attention-grabbing modifications in course. Now, they aren’t solely an more and more in style title in the metropolis’s pub quiz circuit, however are additionally entertaining over 100 folks on WhatsApp. To hear co-founder Adithya Dhathathreyan clarify it, the core idea is fairly attention-grabbing: “We built a digital gameboard on a computer, and usually project on a screen at our events, so the eight or 10 participating teams can see how they are progressing. If you answer a question correctly, you get certain resources or points that help you build your strategy and progress in the game.”

The questions aren’t cut-and-dry both. “It’s not about trivia, but about what you come across when reading the news, or blogs, or scrolling social media, that you don’t directly associate with trivia facts. For example, when Apple came out with air pods, what came out on Twitter and in the news drew analogies between the air pods and a bunch of disconnected things… some noticed how they were shaped like hair dryers, others saw how they resembled certain kinds of Pokemon. Our questions revolve around these comparisons, so they are workable questions, as opposed to a proper quiz where you have to know the one correct answer.”

An H-129 occasion in Chennai in the days earlier than social distancing

Since that elaborate setup was not potential for his or her version this month, when all gatherings got here to a precautionary halt, they moved the complete format to WhatsApp, with a few modifications. “We have a common group of over 100 interested participants [named Quarantine Chaos]. From there, those who participated on March 22 got divided into teams of six (you could choose your team or be assigned random people) who made smaller WhatsApp groups of their own. The questions, final replies and scores were in the main group, while all internal discussions happened in the smaller one,” explains Adithya. He calls it a dry run, a model that simply had questions, not the recreation.

They couldn’t arrange the full, digital boardgame model on-line at quick discover, however plan to do it from the subsequent version. “There are two ways: either we take screenshots of how the game is progressing and share it on WhatsApp, or interface between Google Hangouts and WhatsApp. So we link the two platforms, put up the questions on the main WhatsApp group, let the discussion happen in the subgroups, put up the scores on the main group and update the board on Hangouts,” he says, including, “We will be holding weekly or bi-weekly events from now on.”

The founders of H-129, Chennai

The founders of H-129, Chennai

Aravindan Sudarsan is now a part of the workforce to assist out with this side, whereas avid quizzers Krishnan Ayalur Seshadrinathan and Prasanna Sugumaran proceed to be the quizmasters, like they’ve been since 2017 when H-129 was nonetheless known as Kuttam, and was held in flats and drawing rooms. “Kuttam was just a discussion group for interesting facts. But I wanted to make it a bit more interesting, so I invited Krishnan and Prasanna to hold a Kuttam quiz. It was a huge hit, there were about 30 participants, all of us packed into my bedroom,” he remembers with amusing.

From that, Kuttam finally developed into Porkalam, a game-plus-quiz designed particularly for The Board Game Lounge’s opening night time in Indira Nagar. Porkalam 1 and a pair of happened in June and July of 2019, and went up to 4 editions by the finish of that yr. And why did they modify the title to H-129? “That is the flat where we created it all.”

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