The Grim Trojan Challenge

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Friday, May 25, 2018—7:15pm @ Mobicon (Mobile Bay 3)

 Join us at
Mobicon Friday night at 7:15pm for a gameshow style—family friendly—competition complete with prizes.

Here are the rules for the game:

This is a simple one-on-one game where players attempt to answer more questions than their opponents. The winner of each round gets a prize and a chance to continue to play.

At the beginning of each round the prize for the round is announced.

  1. Two players are chosen at random.
  2. Periodically during the event, players in costume will be chosen to play by those running the game (so show up in costume).
  3. The first player chosen gets to pick the category.
  4. A question is asked from the category.
  5. If the player believes they have the correct answer, they hit their button. The first to hit their button gets to answer the question.
  6. If the question is answered correctly, the player gets one point.
  7. If the question is answered incorrectly, the other player gets one point.
  8. The person who gets the point picks the next category.
  9. The first player to get two points wins the round.

The winner of a round wins the prize for that round and can choose to leave the game with that prize or continue to play and risk losing the prize. The prize for the next round will be presented before the player must choose to continue or quit.

  1. If a player decides to continue after winning a prize, that prize is added to the prize for the next round. The winner of that round wins both the added prize and the prize that the previous winner adds to the pot.
  2. If a player wins two rounds in a row, they get to keep both prizes and continue playing (at no risk of losing the two prizes). This continues for every two rounds of play by the same player.

There will be a total of 10 rounds (or less if time doesn’t permit ten). After 10 rounds, the two players who have the most wins will face-off against each other in a Final Round for the Grand Prize. If there is a tie for the most wins, a coin toss (or the equivalent) will determine who plays.


Below are the questions that will be used for the game.

You can go through and answer all the questions by yourself, with your friends, searching the Internet, etc. or you can simply e-mail the first ten (10) questions (just the Gnome Legends questions) with all the correct answers to Steven Moore (steven@grimtrojan.com) and I’ll send you all the questions with the answers included (note that the answers to all the Gnome Legends questions can be found in the book samples on this site).

Any e-mail for an answer sheet sent after May 22nd  might not receive a reply. Any after May 23rd  will not receive a reply. Copies of the questions with answers may be available at Mobicon, but IF they are, supplies will be limited.

You will not be allowed to use any cheat sheets during game time, so make sure the answers are all in your head.


 

Game Questions


 

Gnome Legends (answers to Gnome Legends questions can be found in the book samples on this site)

  1. What was King Logan’s father’s name?
  2. Who had King Logan’s parents killed?
  3. Who was the daughter of Tearjon?
  4. Who was the Captain of the Guard under King Vance?
  5. Who told Tearjon the story about Captain Lockrum?
  6. What is a mimic vine?
  7. How does someone become a mimic?
  8. Over what kingdom does Talla ride an owl?
  9. What creature watches over Talla and Andilee?
  10. Where did Drachman first meet Crissins?

 Michael Crichton

  1. Name 4 books written by Michael Crichton.
  2. What was Michael Crichton’s pen name when he wrote his pulp novels in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s?
  3. What Michael Crichton novel turned movie featured a female gorilla?
  4. What 1984 futuristic movie was directed by Michael Crichton and starred Magnum, P.I.’s Tom Selleck and KISS rock star Gene Simmons?
  5. This Michael Crichton novel turned movie sent a group of archaeologists back in time to 14th-century France.
  6. This Michael Crichton novel turned movie has a U.S. Research satellite crash into a small Arizona town unleashing a deadly extraterrestrial microbe that kills everyone but an old man and a baby.
  7. This Michael Crichton novel turned movie has scientists studying a spaceship discovered under three hundred years’ worth of coral growth at the bottom of the ocean.
  8. Michael Crichton wrote and directed this 1973 movie about robots running amok and killing the tourists in a western themed park.
  9. Michael Crichton wrote and directed this 1978 medical thriller based on a Robin Cook novel.
  10. The 1999 movie The 13th Warrior featuring Antonio Banderas as a Muslim ambassador in the company of Vikings battling an evil force was based on what Michael Crichton novel?

 Marvel Movies

  1. Iron Man – Who is Tony Stark’s personal assistant and later love interest?
  2. Iron Man – What is the name of Tony Stark’s good friend who becomes War Machine?
  3. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007) – The Silver Surfer serves as the herald for what planet devouring entity?
  4. X-Men (2000) – What is the name of the 17 year-old girl who absorbs powers and life force from others?
  5. What is the name of the female mutant who sides with Magneto and has the ability to shapeshift—to mimic the appearance and voice of others?
  6. What is Thor’s adopted brother’s name?
  7. What is Thor’s father’s name?
  8. Captain America: The First Avenger – What is the name of the man who becomes Captain America?
  9. Captain America – What is the name of Captain America’s best friend who is believed to have died, but returns as the Winter Soldier?
  10. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 – What are the names of the two bounty hunters who capture Peter Quill (Star-Lord) before all three—along with Gamora—are arrested by Nova Corps officers?

 S.H.I.E.L.D.

  1. In the Marvel movies, what does S.H.I.E.L.D. stand for?
  2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) – Who is the director of S.H.I.E.L.D.?
  3. What high-ranking character in the Marvel Movies was killed by Loki and brought back to star in the series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.?
  4. What creative person behind such shows as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly helped create the series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.?
  5. What organization—characterized by a mythological creature—is S.H.I.E.L.D.’s most persistent enemy?
  6. What year did S.H.I.E.L.D. first appear in comic books?
  7. What two marvel (writer/artist) legends are accredited with creating S.H.I.E.L.D.?
  8. In what comic book did S.H.I.E.L.D. first appear?
  9. What has typically been S.H.I.E.L.D.’s primary mobile home base?
  10. What Baywatch actor once played Colonel Nick Fury (1998)?

DC Movies

  1. This 1978 superhero movie had the tagline “You’ll believe a man can fly.”
  2. This 2008 Batman movie had Heath Ledger give an Academy Award performance as the Joker.
  3. This 2009 superhero movie was based on the 1986 – 1987 comic book limited series using characters modeled after characters DC comics acquired from Charlton Comics.
  4. This 2010 movie is based on a DC western comic book about a bounty hunter with facial scars.
  5. This 2016 DC movie introduces Wonder Woman and ends with the death of Superman.
  6. This 2017 movie pits a superhero team against the supervillain Steppenwolf.
  7. This 2013 superhero movie has Superman fight the Kryptonian Zod to keep him from terraforming the Earth.
  8. This 2016 superhero film puts together a group of supervillains for a black ops mission to save the world.
  9. This 1982 superhero movie written and directed by Wes Craven has scientist Alec Holland transformed into a mutated plant creature that battles the evil Dr. Arcane.
  10. This 1984 superhero movie features Kara Zor-El going to Earth to recover a powerful item needed to save her Kryptonian city.

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 Comic Books—Alter Egos (original incarnations)

  1. Who is the scientist who becomes the Hulk?
  2. Who is Batman?
  3. What is Wonder Woman’s alter ego?
  4. Who is the forensic scientist who becomes the Flash?
  5. What is Superman’s alter ego?
  6. What is Aquaman’s given name?
  7. What is Spiderman’s alter ego?
  8. Who is the original Iron Man?
  9. Who is the Daredevil?
  10. What stunt motorcyclist becomes the Ghost Rider?

Science Fiction Movies

  1. What was the name of the robot in the 1956 movie Forbidden Planet?
  2. What 1979 sci-fi horror had the tag line “In space no one can hear you scream?”
  3. This 1984 movie has a cyborg assassin travel back in time to kill Sarah Connor.
  4. In this 1999 movie, Thomas Anderson—the hacker known as “Neo”—joins a group of human freedom fighters trying to save humanity from a simulated reality created by sentient machines.
  5. This 1977 movie has a group of rebels attempting to destroy a powerful weapon created by the Galactic Empire.
  6. This 1993 movie featured tragic events at a theme park filled with cloned dinosaurs.
  7. This 1982 movie about a boy and his alien was a great promotion for the candy Reese’s Pieces.
  8. This 1977 movie featured multiple encounters with alien UFOs and a “mountain” of dirt in the living room. It also included filming in Mobile, Alabama.
  9. This 1968 movie features a monolith and a ship’s computer named Hal (HAL 9000).
  10. This 1982 movie has a 2019 Los Angeles police officer brought out of retirement to hunt down and destroy dangerous bioengineered beings known as replicants.

Fantasy Movies

  1. This 1981 high fantasy movie tells the story of a young wizard’s apprentice who replaces his fallen teacher to help a sixth-century kingdom get rid of a 400 year-old dragon that is terrorizing the people.
  2. This 2001 movie was based on the popular J.K. Rowling book series and is the first of movies featuring the famous orphaned wizard and the Hogwarts school.
  3. This 1982 high fantasy movie directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz featured groundbreaking animatronics and award-winning puppetry used to tell the story of two powerful races—the Melevont Skeksis and the kind wizards, the Mystics.
  4. This 1988 movie directed by Ron Howard and produced by George Lucas featured a story by George Lucas about a special baby in the care of a small group of Nelwyn (dwarfs) trying to get the child to safety while running away from the forces of an evil sorceress Queen.
  5. This 2005 movie is based on C.S. Lewis’s epic fantasy about four children during World War II who find a fantasy world through an old cabinet.
  6. This 2001 movie is based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s famous novel about a hobbit and his small group of protectors on their quest to destroy a powerful ring—the first movie of three.
  7. This 2016 spinoff/prequel movie about a British wizard (“magizoologist”) was produced and written by J.K. Rowling in her screenwriting debut.
  8. This 1981 epic fantasy retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table—named after the famous sword in the story.
  9. This 1985 movie starring Matthew Brodrick, Rutger Hauer and Michelle Pfeiffer tells the story of a thief and a rogue knight who team up to undo a curse set by a corrupt Bishop.
  10. This 1986 movie tells the story of swordsman Connor MacLeod–an immortal fighting other immortals to be the only one standing and win the ultimate prize.

Books & Authors

  1. This 1986 Stephen King novel features an entity that appears in the form of a clown.
  2. This 1987 Stephen King psychological horror thriller features a romance writer held captive and terrorized by a crazed fan.
  3. This 1983 horror novel features a possessed 1958 Plymouth Fury.
  4. This 1953 dystopian novel written by Ray Bradbury presents a future where books are outlawed and burned when found.
  5. This 1917 novel (from the 1912 magazine serial) by Edgar Rice Burroughs introduces American Civil War Confederate veteran John Carter as he is transported to Mars.
  6. This 1912 novel is the first of writer Edgar Rice Burroughts’s stories featuring a man raised by apes in the jungle.
  7. This 1987 sci-fi novel by Arthur C. Clarke is the third in the Space Odyssey series–set 60 years after events in 2001 from the first novel.
  8. This famous writer and professor of biochemistry established the Three Laws of Robotics in his Robot series.
  9. This famous writer wrote the classics Journey to the Center of the Earth, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and Around the World in Eighty Days.
  10. This famous writer created the classic short story “The Call of Cthulhu” first published in the pulp magazine Weird Tales.

Famous Aliens

  1. This 1980’s TV sitcom character with a taste for cats was a friendly extraterrestrial Alien Life Form living with a suburban middle-class family.
  2. This British Time Lord from Gallifrey travels through time in his ship, the TARDIS.
  3. This opera-singing alien from The Fifth Element delivers special stones to Korben Dallas in an attempt to save the universe.
  4. She is the Fifth Element and is reconstructed from a few living cells left in a destroyed spacecraft to later become the love interests of Korben Dallas.
  5. From the 1986 movie titled with their name, these alien escapees from an asteroid prison are small rounded “Gremlin-like” creatures pursued to Earth by shape-changing bounty hunters.
  6. These creatures from the Robert A. Heinlein novel turned 1997 movie (Starship Troopers) are a hostile non-technological insect species.
  7. This Logic-based, pointed-eared race is a close ally to earth and the Federation in the Star Trek franchise.
  8. He is the leader of the Thermians in the movie Galaxy Quest.
  9. Starlords’s (Peter Quill’s) love interest and adopted daughter of Thanos.
  10. This Mon Calamari from the Star Wars franchise was a key leader for the rebel alliance during the Battle of Endor.

Planet of the Apes

  1. What actor played the astronaut Taylor in the 1968 Planet of the Apes?
  2. This 1970 sequel to Planet of the Apes features a colony of subterranean mutants who worship a nuclear bomb.
  3. This 1971 Planet of the Apes sequel—the third in the series—has the chimpanzees Zira and Cornelius travel back in time to the present day (1971) United States.
  4. This 1972 movie—the forth in the series—has actor Roddy McDowall returning to play Caesar, the son of Zira and Cornelius. Caesar leads an ape rebellion to free apes who have been enslaved.
  5. This 1973 sequel—the fifth and last in the series—has Caesar (played by Roddy McDowall) attempt to build a society for both apes and humans.
  6. In this 2011 reboot of the Planet of the Apes series, the genetically enhanced ape Caesar is raised as part of a human family, then imprisoned in a primate sanctuary where he leads an ape uprising.
  7. This 2014 sequel to the 2011 Planet of the Apes movie takes place ten years after Ceasar lead his ape uprising. A “simian flu” exists that increases the intelligence of apes and kills most humans.
  8. This 2017 sequel to the 2011 and 2014 Planet of the Apes reboot movies has apes and humans in armed conflict and concludes the story of Caesar.
  9. This Batman/Mars Attacks!/ Edward Scissorhands director directed the 2001 “re-imaging” of the Planet of the Apes staring Mark Wahlberg as an astronaut who travels through a wormhole to a planet of talking apes and enslaved humans.
  10. This 1975 Marvel Comics version of the Planet of the Apes retold the first two films in an 11 issue run.

Battlestar Galactica

  1. Who was the commander of the Galactica?
  2. What is the primary fighter spacecraft aboard a Battlestar—piloted by Colonial Pilots/Warriors.
  3. Who was the commander and “living legend” of the Battlestar Pegasus?
  4. This traitor acted as liaison between the Cylons and the Twelve Colonies and betrayed the human race to a massive, devastating attack during a peace conference.
  5. What year does the Battlestar Galactica reach Earth?
  6. What was the name of Galactica’s mechanical daggit?
  7. Who was put in charge of watching over the Galactica’s mechanical daggit?
  8. Who is the son of Galactica’s commander?
  9. This best friend of the commander’s son is a hot-headed and cocky, cigar smoking gambler with a bit of a tendancy to challenge authority and just happens to be one of the Galactica’s best pilots.
  10. What is the large Cylon spaceship that is the counterpart to a Battlestar?

Star Trek

  1. Who created Star Trek?
  2. Who captained the Enterprise in the original series?
  3. What Vulcan was both Science Officer and 1st Officer of the Enterprise in the original series?
  4. In the original pilot for the series (The Cage), who was the captain of the Enterprise?
  5. What was the title of the first Star Trek movie (1979)?
  6. This 1982 movie featured the return of Khan Noonien Singh (Ricardo Montalbán) as the arch nemesis.
  7. This 1986 movie included a trip in time to save the humpback whales.
  8. Who was the captain of the Enterprise in the Star Trek: The Next Generation series?
  9. Who was the commander of Deep Space Nine?
  10. Who was the captain of the USS Voyager?

Star Wars

  1. This 1977 movie was the first of the Star Wars movies, but was actually episode 4 in the saga.
  2. This American filmmaker and entrepreneur created Star Wars.
  3. Luke travels to the Dagobah system to train with this Jedi master.
  4. These large mechanized ground assault transports move on four tall mechanical legs (resembling the movement of an elephant) and were used by the Empire to help capture the rebel base on the planet Hoth.
  5. These large bipedal mammals were used by rebels on the planet Hoth to patrol around their base.
  6. Jedi train to use this spiritual and mystical energy field that is created by all living things and binds the galaxy together.
  7. These teddybear-like creatures helped the rebels defeat the Empire on the forest moon of Endor.
  8. This young slave boy from the desert planet Tatooine is seduced by the Dark Side and becomes Darth Vader.
  9. This 2016 movie follows a small group of rebels on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star.
  10. These flightless birds befriend Chewbacca as he works on the Millennium Falcon while Rey trains with Luke Skywalker.

Firefly

  1. What writer/ director created the series Firefly?
  2. What was the name of the “Firefly-class” spaceship in the series (also the name of the 2005 movie)?
  3. What were the rebels who had lost the civil war (Unification War) against the Alliance called?
  4. What were the cannibalistic group of animal-like humans called?
  5. Who was the captain of the show’s Firefly?
  6. Who was the child prodigy whose brain was experimented on by Alliance scientist?
  7. Who was the gun-happy mercenary of the group?
  8. Who was the pilot of the show’s Firefly?
  9. Who was the spiritual leader of the group?
  10. What event (from Firefly’s story) did the show’s Firefly get its name?

Stargate

  1. In the 1994 movie, Stargate, who was the scientist (Egyptologist) who is able to read the symbols on the Stargate?
  2. Who was the first leader of SG-1?
  3. Where is the SGC (Stargate Command) located?
  4. What Ancient-like group does Lieutenant Colonel Cameron Mitchell’s SGC team battle?
  5. This Jaffa defects as the First Prime to the Goa’uld Apophis to join SG-1.
  6. Who was the first to command the Stargate Atlantis team?
  7. What SG-1 team leader went on to become the commander of Stargate Atlantis?
  8. In what galaxy is Atlantis found?
  9. What was the name of the Ancient spaceship in Stargate Universe?
  10. What was the purpose of the starships sent out by the Ancients (like the one in Stargate Universe)?

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  1. What was the name of the moon base?
  2. Who was the commander of the moon base?
  3. Who was the chief medical officer and love interest to the commander?
  4. What were the shuttles called?
  5. Who was the changeling who joined the show later in the series?
  6. What was the exact date the moon was blown out of Earth’s orbit?
  7. Who was second in command and main mission controller (season one)?
  8. Who was third in command and chief pilot?
  9. How did the moon leave Earth’s orbit?
  10. This comic book artist worked on four issues of Charlton Comics’s Space: 1999 comic book years before he revamped the story of Superman in the six-issue miniseries The Man of Steel.

War of the Worlds (books, comics, radio, TV, movies)

  1. Who was the author of the 1890’s novel The War of the Worlds?
  2. Who directed and narrated the 1938 Halloween radio drama, The War of the Worlds?
  3. What was the name of the CBS Radio series that presented the 1938 episode of The War of the Worlds?
  4. This Mission Impossible actor starred in the 2005 adaptation of War of the Worlds directed by Steven Spielberg.
  5. When all weapons fail to harm the aliens in The War of the Worlds, what finally kills them?cropped-site_icon.jpg
  6. In the Canadian/American The War of the Worlds television series (1988-1990), who heads the group of people formed by the government to deal with the aliens?
  7. In The War of the Worlds original premise, where did the aliens come from?
  8. This 1990 sci-fi comedy has a misfit crew of Martians mistaking a Halloween radio rebroadcast of The War of the Worlds as a real invasion and fly to Earth to begin the invasion.
  9. The War of the Worlds meets DC Comics in this retro (1938) comic book published in 1998.
  10. This 2012 Malaysian animated movie takes place 15 years after the aliens attack in 1899 in a steampunk-like world.