In 2006, not fully understanding how difficult it had been successfully to run a game show, live, Geoff (Thompson) and I thought that we would give it another go. However we had to change the format, and do something new.
We had a think and came up with Testing Mastermind. Only this time, we would run the game from one PC, and network in the presenters PC. A simple architecture, fraught with many dangers. Plus we had a Black Chair.
It wasn’t until we were actually at Manchester that we got the game controller and quiz masters PCs talking to each other. When we tested this out on the conference stage, surprise, surprise, it didn’t work. Overnight the stage hands had to take up the floor and run a network cable from the pedestal to the desk.
It wasn’t until the morning of the day that we found out that our network arrangement actually worked.
The game itself was cracking fun. It is amazing the power that the Mastermind Black Chair has over people. With the contestants struggling to answer even simple questions when put under an admittedly a very bright spotlight.
Fran O’hara was the eventual winner after a tight battle with Tim Koomen. Thanks also go to Neil Thompson and Paul Gerrard for being brave enough to take part. And €500 was donated by the organisers to a charity of the winners choosing.
Geoff and I vowed not to do another quiz.
1. EuroSTAR 2006, Manchester, Dec 2006.