Learn About Your Favorite Trivia Competition
A trivia competition like no other
The BlockBusters Organization was conceived seven years ago during the Holy Month of Ramadhan by a group of youth with the goal of creating a platform that allowed the Muslims to continuously learn and fill the void that consisted of a lack of enthusiasm in gaining knowledge by our youth. Our vision was to embody the message from our Holy Prophet (as) to "Seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave", by creating an engaging way for the members of our communities to learn from each other. Since then, the BlockBusters Trivia Competition has become the largest of its kind in the Toronto Shi'a Community.
For the past seven years it has been held at the Jaffari Community Centre in Toronto, Canada. Just as recently as last year, the competition expanded internationally where the Stanmore Jaffery's the youth-led group of the KSIMC of London held their first-ever Ladies BlockBusters quiz night.
BlockBusters is a unique Islamic and General Knowledge trivia competition based on the widely acclaimed BlockBusters game show that ran in the 1990s. Although elements of the format of the game show are similar, the competition itself is something quite unique. BlockBusters brings the entire community together and provides them with a platform to gain knowledge while fostering healthy competition and having tons of fun! With over 200+ participants, both males and females of all ages, the competition continues to grow at an exponential rate.
We pray to Allah (SWT) that he gives us the Tawfeeq to continue with this mission of spreading knowledge while building a strong sense of unity among our communities.
Rules of the Game
Be Prepared for the Competition
Object of the Game
Make a connected path of same coloured hexagons across the board by correctly answering questions. The first team to create a connected path of hexagons wins the game.
Both teams will be given buzzers, the first team to "buzz in" will be given the question, if the team answers correctly, it will receive the selected hexagon. However, if the team answers incorrectly, the opposing team will receive an opportunity to answer the question and receive that hexagon. If both teams answer incorrectly the hexagon will become neutral once again.
Note: The teams must wait for the host to announce the team who "buzzed in" first before answering the given question as the host will stop reading the question as soon as a team "buzzes in". If the question is transferred over to the other team, the host will re-read the question in its entirety for that team.
There is a 5 second time limit within which a team must answer the given question. The timer starts after the host announces the team that "buzzed in". If the time limit expires, the opposing team will receive an opportunity to answer the given question and receive that hexagon. Each game will have a time limit of 8 minutes.
For the preliminary round, we will be using a pool system to decide who moves on to the playoff round. Teams will play against all other team in their pool in a "round robin" format. Pools will contain a certain number of teams and the top two teams from each pool will advance to the next round.
No team member or any member of the audience may stand up, shout, protest, or exhibit any sort of unwanted behaviour during a game. If any disruptive behaviour of this kind is shown, a team or any of its members may be disqualified at the host's discretion. Any audience member engaged in such behaviour may also be asked to leave. This is to ensure the competitive playing environment remains respectful at all times. Should anyone have any questions or concerns during the competition, please approach and explain the situation to one of the volunteers.
Frequently Asked Questions
How old do I have to be to participate?
To ensure we maximize the number of people benefitting from BlockBusters, we generally have a very inclusive competition targeting people of all ages. However, each competition may be structured differently so please read the tier descriptions when registering for a certain competition to see if there are any age restrictions in place.
Are the age limits absolute?
In order to ensure healthy competition, we are generally strict with age limits. However, any exceptions will either be announced beforehand or must be pre-approved by a member of the organizing team.
I still have some questions or concerns about the rules, is there anyone I can contact?
Absolutely, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be happy to assist you.
What are the dates and times of the competition?
To find the dates and times for the specific competition you wish to participate in, please visit that competition's page for full details.
How many people do I need to have to form a complete team?
To form a complete team, there must be a minimum of three people on the team and a maximum of four people. Ideally we'd like all teams to have four members to ensure fair competition.
How many team can participate in the competition?
Each competition's team registration limit may vary so please visit the competition's page for more details regarding maximum number of teams.
What is the format of the questions asked in BlockBusters?
Whenever a team selected a hexagon letter, the answer to the question will begin with that letter. For example if a hexagon tile with the letter A is selected, a possible question could be "What A is the name of the first Imam?" with the answer being "Ali".
What sort of topics do the questions cover?
This trivia competition contains a mixture of Islamic questions as well as general knowledge questions with topics such as; politics, sports, geography, etc.