The TeeKay-421 Quizmeeting is an annual event, feared by all contestants. We thought Star Wars Celebration Europe would be an excellent opportunity to offer fans around the world a taste of what our trivia contests are made of.
After our idea was approved by Mary Franklin, our core team created a series of questions. Before we decided to go with the final selection of questions, we had several debates about which should be included and which shouldn’t. Since every member of the core team had his preferences, we found a great balance between movies, television, source, Expanded Universe, merchandising and behind the scenes. Some of our most difficult questions were abandoned, because we feared nobody would know the answer (the name of the last Snivvian dictator was among the deleted questions). We also immediately decided that the challenge should not be an easy one. There’s just no fun in answering easy questions, is there?
Lucasfilm kindly donated twenty prizes for the contest and above all, the overall winner would be invited on stage during the closing ceremony of Celebration Europe! We frankly had no idea if the trivia would be a success during the convention, where it took place in the Star Wars University hall. All panels had been great so far, but when you enter a trivia contest, you’re supposed to do and (preferably) know something. When the participants started to enter, a good-size line had formed and almost every chair was taken when we began.
Leland Chee, Keeper of the Lucasfilm Holocron, honored us with his presence during the trivia challenge. He wished all the contestants the very best. He confessed that we had indeed come up with some hard questions, especially the ones based on character and story developments added in the last couple of years.
After Tim quickly introduced the rules and talked about our interest in Star Wars trivia, Kevin started asking the questions, which were also projected simultaneously. Asking questions for a trivia contest is really easy; asking interesting questions is not. You need to find questions that people want to answer correctly — not questions that people don’t care about. There were 30 questions in the contest; some of them were open questions, others had multiple choice. The trivia also included a bonus question written in Aurebesh for the contestants to decipher, and at the end was a tie-breaker question that asked for the amount of entries in the Essential Atlas index.
While Tim revealed the answers to the eager participants, the people of TeeKay-421 corrected the answers of the contestants. Some contestants lost all hope, while others became more confident. In the end it was Pavel Klimeš from the Czech Republic who was crowned as the overall winner of the contest. Pavel got invited on stage during the closing ceremonies by Warwick Davis, along with the winners of the tattoo and costume challenges organized during Celebration. We all hope you really enjoyed participating and that you may have learned something new. For those who didn’t attend Celebration Europe, you can try the challenge yourself.
We would like to thank all the people from TeeKay-421 and Lucasfilm that helped us during the trivia event. Especially Sander de Lange and Stefan Pfister of TeeKay-421/Star Wars Sourcebooks who were part of the core team.
Tim Veekhoven (Sompeetalay) is president, editor-in-chief, and cofounder of TeeKay-421, the Belgian Star Wars Fanclub. He’s an administrator for Yodapedia and has written four (former) Databank entries on the official Star Wars website, thanks to “What’s the Story.”
Kevin Beentjes (Wild Whiphid) is a molecular biologist working at the Dutch natural history museum. He’s an editor for TeeKay-421, an administrator for Yodapedia and fascinated with the myriad of alien life forms, in that galaxy far, far away.