UPDATE: The package has arrived (Monday), so all is good!
As of Friday (Jan 5), the Unicorn had ordered, and confirmed, the next season’s package, but had not received it yet. If it doesn’t show up on Monday, I will prepare something – as close to the regular format as I can manage in one evening – so we WILL be playing on Tuesday!
Nov 27 – Final Week 12 of the season is tonight; let’s ALL get out this week!
What does the future hold for Unicorn Stumping?
I wish I knew… really, I do…
Unfortunately, there has been no response from management on continuing the trivia or not; I keep getting told that someone will get in touch.
There always seems to be interest, but never any commitment.
So this may be the only place to find out what’s happening!!! And only when/if someone confirms things to me.
October 23, 2012 UPDATE – We’ve moved locations! Trivia now takes place at the Unicorn Pub, across the street, a few doors west of the Libertine, and DOWNstairs vs. UPstairs…
The Unicorn is where we started Stumping a few years ago, and we now have a ‘permanent’ home there.
Check us out in the room directly LEFT as you enter at the bottom of the stairs.
August 30, 2012 UPDATE
The Libertine is up for action on Season 22, beginning Tuesday, September 11 ! 6:30 is the start time!
This season will contain more thrills, spills & maybe a few ills… than you ever thought possible!
Be sure to show up regularly, for special quiz rounds & some video trivia thrown in by your host – me!!
Sept. 9 – I took a look through the first week’s questions, but didn’t get too far, as my cat was all over it first!
The Libertine, like any pub, is a business, and businesses want to make money.
The Pub Stumping groups that are now regularly attending, isn’t a very large community, and a concern to the author (that’s me!) is that the pub may not be profitting, or even breaking even, some nights – and therefore may not be willing to continue offering the game.
Most of us are there for laughs; or to kill a Tuesday night… the money (to many) is not crucial.
Although it does come in handy, if it makes the pub close down the game, it’s not worth it!
- the PS kit costs $60/week = $60 - a bartender & server for 3-4 hours costs $125-$150 (estimated) = say, $140 - weekly prize of $100 & $50 = $150 That’s a $350 expense, flat – and that doesn’t include the 10% discount. While bars make their profit on drinks, typical table bills for our gang has been $80-$100 – times 5 teams = $450. This is $100 above the expense, and that really only covers the cost of the drinks & food served. NET REVENUE ON A TYPICAL SUMMER NIGHT OF STUMPING: $0
They may not LOSE anything, but it’s not a plus on the income statement to be running a break-even event in a profit-making effort.
At the end of the current run (last week should be July 17), we may need to offer to the Libertine some consideration to continue the Stumping, unless we can engage more players to come & join in!
I propose something along these lines:
- we drop the top-2-team $$ prize weekly, but stick with the 10% discount for all players. This provides $150 back to the Libertine, giving them (at least, SHOULD give them) at least this as profit for the night, keeping the owner happy!
- we ask to keep a couple of (small) prizes for the season-winning teams – but something more ‘meaningful’ than costly – perhaps a plaque on the wall that can be added to season-by-season…