The Question Block League Structure (Season 06)

About the League

The Question Block league is an optional framework for teams who want to participate in a year-long competition designed to determine the BEST TEAM EVER for that year.  Our league is meant to foster competition between teams, and the rules have been tweaked to encourage teams to join even after the league has started.  League teams have the opportunity to be invited to the season championships held at the Seattle Retro Gaming Expo.  You do NOT have to join the league to participate or win the monthly prizes.

Team Structure

League teams can include up to 6 registered members. At a bare minimum, each team must have the following

  • 1 registered captain
  • UP TO 5 additional registered team members
  • ONE registered player must be present for the game to count towards the season scores
  • A team CAN NOT have more than 3 rotating/floating players per game

Rotating / Floating Players

If a team chooses to have fewer than 4 registered players, then the team size will be restricted to a max of all registered players plus 3 rotating/floating players per game.

EXAMPLE: Team Tiny has 1 captain and 1 registered member (total 2 registered players). Team Tiny’s max team size for the season is 5 players (2 registered plus 3 rotating/floaters).

A team with 6 registered members is still allowed to have 3 rotating/floating players per game (for a max of 6 active players).

Registered players can play with another team; they count as a rotating/floating player for that team. Rotating players can register with a team after participating in 3 games with the same team.  Once registered, a rotating player can not be removed from the team roster (players registered at the time of league sign-up may be removed).  Once removed, a player can not be re-registered for the same team.  Players can NOT be registered to multiple teams.


Game Points  vs. Season Points

Season Points will be different from Game Points earned during a game. Game Points are the points you see during a regular trivia game.  Game Points will be used to determine the scores at the end of the game.

Season Points will be based on Game Points, but normalized.

Since the total possible Game Points varies from game to game (double point rounds, bonus points, etc.), Season Points will be calculated as a percentage of the total number of points possible per game. This normalizes the scoring across all games to be out of 100

EXAMPLE: Team Tiny scores 55 out of 84 possible points for the night, or 65.5% of the total points possible. Their Game Points are 55, and their Season Points are 65.5, rounded up to 66 points.

Fractional points of .5 or higher will be rounded up.  In the event of a close cumulative score (<5 points) at the end of the season, fractional points will be used to determine actual scores.

Dropped Scores

The Question Block is focused on fun and inclusive rules that enable the widest possible number of teams to participate while remaining competitive and fair.  To that end, we’re implementing a “Dropped Score” rule.

The lowest two scores from the first 6 league games will be dropped for all teams.  This includes games where a league team did not attend (the score for that game is 0).  Low scoring games will only be dropped for games played from July 2017 to January 2018.  After January 2018, every game score will count.

Attendance Bonus

5 bonus Season Points are awarded for every game attended.  Bonus Season Points are kept even if that game’s score is dropped.

EXAMPLE: Team Tiny misses the first game of the season but attends every other game.  Team Huge attends every game in the season.  It is a 10 game season.  Both teams have their lowest two scores dropped.  Team Tiny gets 45 Bonus Season Points for attending 9 games.  Team Huge gets 50 Bonus Season Points for attending 10 games (even though the two lowest scores for both teams were dropped)

Ranking League Teams

LEAGUE TEAMS MUST ATTEND A MINIMUM OF 6 GAMES PER SEASON. Failure to meet the minimum results in disqualification.

Season Rankings are determined by dropping each team’s two lowest scores according to the rule above, and adding up the Season Points for the remaining games. Season Bonus Points are then applied, and the final scores are ranked.

Scoring Summary

  • Season Points are a percentage of the total possible Game Points for a game
    • The percentage is converted to Season Points
    • Season points are used to determine rankings for the championship
    • Game Points may still be used to award league prizes or recognition
  • Bonus Season Points can be earned
    • 5 points for every game attended
  • Teams MUST attend 6 games to qualify
  • Games not attended count as 0 point games
  • The lowest 2 scores prior to Feb 2018 will be dropped from scoring
    • Games not attended after Jan 2018 will count as 0 point games and cannot be dropped