I have a question to the general DDO populace. Just the players, not the Devs or the Moderators - who as nice people as they are, would be unlikely to be able to participate in what is the gist of my question.
To get right to the heart of the matter, during the Bridge Protest, I was host to several Trivia Events. And I'll be totally honest - they were six of the most fun hours I've had playing this game in all the years I've been playing it. It was just a blast, and I loved doing it.
Now, I'm thinking about creating, hosting, and prize-gathering for a monthly Trivia Event.
The format would be very much like the events I ran on the Bridge. Gather in one place - I'll ask questions based on DDO, classic D&D, movies, books, pop culture, music in all it's myriad forms, celebrities, science, etc. Basically, Bar Trivia with a geeky/D&D twist on it. The questions would be answered by sending me a /Tell with the answer, so it's not shouted out loud - followed by a /Wave. The /Wave is important, as it gives a public time-stamp on the who answered "first". Yes, sometimes the person who answered by /Tell got the answer before anyone else - but the /wave is an indisputable public way of keeping the scoring as honest as possible.
I am thinking of offering prizes, unlike the events on the Bridge. As these would be totally optional events, as well as not ties to any larger movement beyond the sake of fun, I'd like to have something to grant to the winners beyond just bragging rights. I'm thinking about offering 1550 Turbine Points, roughly twenty bucks, to the winner of each monthly event.
Right now, I'm just trying to judge public interest on this. If there seems to be a lot of folks who'd love to give their hand at Memnir's Monthly Trivia Madness™, then I will certainly put the gears in motion. If not... well, that's less work for me.
But, interacting with my fellow players is hands-down the most rewarding, entertaining, and downright fulfilling thing I've been able to do with this game. I love DDO and it's community... y'all are just amazing and fun people... and I want to give back and have fun while doing it.