no wrong answers: the hypothetical quiz
- Mechanical hair implants to change your style at the press of a button
- Exploding canisters of glow in the dark foam to aide nighttime rescue parties seeking those lost at sea
- Pizza delivery men singing A Capella versions of the Game of Thrones theme tune to get you in the mood for some fantasy mayhem
These aren't the sort of answers you get at a regular quiz. But at No Wrong Answers they're par for the course.
The Hard Not Complicated method, the way Sabre Tooth Panda works, can be a little tricky to get your head around. We know that "building a strong relationship with creativity" can sound a little new age and out there. That's why we love playing No Wrong Answers; especially with new people. No Wrong Answers is the easiest way to understand how creativity happens.
It's amazing what an hour or two of dipping your toes in the cool waters of creativity can do to deepen your understanding of what it means to have a relationship with creativity. Also, as a bonus, a No Wrong Answers session is never short of at least one good laugh.
How No Wrong Answers was born
It all started on a balmy evening in 2014 as a few friends sat sipping ice cold Tuborgs at a beachside bar in the little town of Akbük on the Turkish coast.
Idly chatting about the sort of entertainment you normally find in bars and pubs they started thinking about pub quizzes and, more specifically, how they could be different. That's when No Wrong Answers was born; a quiz where what you know is less important than what you can imagine.
From humble beginnings in the basement of a bar just off of Baker Street (three people came... we still played!) No Wrong Answers has now been played by hundreds of people in pubs, bars, offices and conferences rooms.
It turns out the fun, relaxed atmosphere reminiscent of an old school pub quiz, mixed with some outlandish questions and some expert coaching from people who love ideas is a great way to remind yourself how creative you really are.
What exactly is No Wrong Answers?
To the casual observer No Wrong Answers might look just like a regular pub quiz. We have teams, we have rounds. We even host them in pubs sometimes. But if that observer were to look closer he'd notice that the debates are a little more intense, eyes a little wider, and laughs a darn sight more raucous. Were said stranger to pull up a chair he'd realise why; instead of trivia and general knowledge each round is a hypothetical challenge and the teams must think creatively to come up with the most interesting, amusing, and surprising answer they can collectively muster.
Imagine trying to mash up movies one minute and the next trying to turn a poem about sausages into the basis for a political campaign? And how exactly would you turn a coach trip through a war zone into a romantic getaway?
Feel like finding out how far No Wrong Answers can get you and your colleagues out of their respective boxes?
What's No Wrong Answers for?
Fundamentally No Wrong Answers is an opportunity to spend some getting reacquainted with creativity while also having some fun. But like so many simple ideas you can use it in any number of ways:
- Team building
- Project kick off events
- Networking with clients or peers
- As part of a big training day or team get together
- To generate ideas for a tricky problem solving exercise
What's more, you can tweak No Wrong Answers to be more formal or informal, to focus on specific themes or hit specific behaviours, to sneakily probe players to find out how to relate to various topics or attitudes - like the answers in No Wrong Answers, the uses of this game are limited only by your imagination.
Can you think of a way that No Wrong Answers could help you?
What about the logistics?
We've played No Wrong Answers in pubs and bars, in offices, in rehearsal spaces and classrooms. All you need is:
- A room or quiet outdoor space with tables and chairs
- A group of people ready to have some fun and get creative
- Between an hour and a half and three hours
- Pens and paper
- Sabre Tooth Panda!
*While not strictly necessary, snacks and beverages never hurts
No Wrong Answers is easy to play and powerful to experience. Why not try it?
How about some examples?
You get the general idea, right? But how about some examples of the kinds of hypotheticals that we ask our teams to wrap their creative noggins around. Read on.
The Movie Mashup game is a perennial favourite. Teams are placed in the role of a newly formed content strategy team seeking to make a blockbuster crossover hit by combining two old blockbuster franchises, one taken from each of the two provided lists. Until you've heard the harrowing tail of a small boy and his love for a captive killer parasitic alien or sat on the edge of your seat as John Mcclane races to save the Titanic from a terrorist iceberg then you, sir or madam, have never lived.
Unlikely Conspiracy Theories has thrown up some outlandish concepts over the years. In the role of a shock jock radio host and purveyor of poorly researched but entertaining email newsletters promising to reveal the truth that "they" don't want you to know, you have to constantly find new targets for your tinfoil hat wearing fans to hate and fear. So in this game we challenge teams to think of the least scary organisation ever and convince us that they're embroiled in a shadowy plot to take over the world.
Parse the Parcel is one of our newer innovations, designed to prove that creativity is a living breathing beast that flourishes best when allowed to roam free. In several rapid fire rounds teams are asked to take a given item and transform it - a poem about jellyfish into a murder defence argument, an annoying jingle into a new product being launched by Amazon - and then pass the result to the next team who will repeat the magic. After the concept has travelled around the room we marvel at how such nonsense can give rise to often very interesting ideas and, what's more, realise that no one in the room can say that any of what has resulted belongs to any one team or person. We love this game.
Play it your way
No Wrong Answers is the best way to get started building a stronger relationship with creativity. And you can get started in a number of different ways.
- No Wrong Answers Just for Fun: got a bunch of mates and fancy getting them together to play No Wrong Answers? We can run a No Wrong Answers in the pub especially for you for a flat rate up to thirty players.
- No Wrong Answers Pro: want a No Wrong Answers especially for your team or department where you work? Built with your team's aims in mind? We can design a No Wrong Answers that meets your needs. Contact us for a quote.
- No Wrong Answers Networking: tired of standing around making small talk and endlessly answering the "so... what do you do?" question? We can run a No Wrong Answers Networking event for you and your guests, be they clients, suppliers, partners or colleagues. Not only is playing No Wrong Answers a far better way to really get to know people (you may not like what you learn but that's your lookout!) but we can even design the game to raise important topics and give people the chance to tackle them in an informal way.
No Wrong Answers is an idea that started out small and grew into something amazing; a great way to have fun, a wonderful way to get know people and the easiest way to start building a strong relationship with creativity. So there's only one question left...