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Written by Thomas "CigDangle" Balistreri   
Tuesday, 09 January 2007

I love gaming; not just video games, but board games, mind games, and trivia games, as well. In fact my whole family loves games. I remember as a child, playing board games together with my family, and then finishing off with a trouncing playing Combat against my father. I especially love team games, whether the endeavor is physical or mental - there is just something about the camaraderie that spawns from the collective drive to defeat the competition.

It is the preparation for one such game that has kept me from writing here lately.

You see, 3 of the last 4 years, I have competed in a trivia contest, but not just any trivia contest. I and a team, comprised of friends and family, compete in a 50-Hour Non-Stop Trivia Marathon! Yes, I said 50 hour, non-stop - and its a riot.

Each year, 6-15 of us, have met at my house to spend the next 2+ days tasking our brains, our bodies, and a ramshackle computer network we hobble together for the event. Little sleep, lots of junk food, and even more caffeine all help to lead the team to victory, or at least a respectable finish. We usually finish in the top half of the more than 70 teams that compete each year. The contest is put on by a radio station in St. Cloud, Minnesota. The station has a Internet stream, which is how we participate. We then phone in the answers to the nine questions an hour. It's rough, but we love it.

Interested in the insanity? Check out KVSC website here. Then, call your friends, buy some pizza and soda, setup some PCs, and get ready to "Google". And if its not for you, you can always change it to a LAN party.

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