You're now ready to start your first Trivia Game. When you first create a Trivia Game it is in the Ready to Start state. While in the Ready to Start state, your crowd will be allowed to sign into your Trivia Game, but they will not be able to start answering until you start your Trivia Game. Once they have signed in, your participants will be shown a message that the Trivia Game will begin shortly.
Starting a Trivia Game with Countdown Timer Enabled
By default, the Countdown Timer is enabled and set to 10 seconds in duration, which can always be edited. If your Trivia Game has the Countdown Timer enabled, then your Trivia Game will count down for the duration you have set it to before going live. The Trivia Game will automatically begin once the timer finishes counting down.
To initiate the Countdown Timer for your Trivia Game, click on the blue Countdown Timer with a clock icon under the Control Center heading. Once you click this button, a prompt will pop-up confirming the initiation to Start the Trivia Game's Countdown Timer. Once you hit OK, the Countdown will begin.
Starting a Trivia Game with Countdown Timer Disabled
If you have disabled the Countdown Timer, then your Trivia Game will be live as soon as you press the Start button.
To make your Trivia Game Live and allow players to answer the first question, you need to Start it. To start the game, simply click on the green circular Play button under the Control Center heading in the upper-left-corner of the Experience Dashboard. After clicking the Play button, your Trivia Game is now in the Live state.
Your Trivia Game will now display the current Active Question on the Mobile View that you opened earlier in this tutorial and also on the mobile device of any player who is signed in to your Trivia Game. Once Live, the Play button now turns into a Pause button if you need to pause your Trivia Game.
Answering Is Open and the Timer is Running
As soon as you start your Trivia Game, the current Active Question is open for players to answer on their mobile devices. This means the question's points timer automatically starts counting down on the Projector View and the Mobile View. You can also see a view of the current question's points timer on the Experience Dashboard in the upper-right status window. If you have the Projector View and/or Mobile View open, the first question will automatically be displayed and its points timer will begin counting down.
Answering the First Question
If you're playing along in the Mobile View, then you should be signed in already. Once you start your Trivia Game you should see the first question ready to be answered. Go ahead and answer our first question with the correct answer. You will receive points based on how quickly you answered correctly! If time runs out, don't worry. You can try answering the second or third question.
How Answering Works
When you update the Active Question to a new question and the Points Timer begins counting down, everyone in your Trivia Game will have an opportunity to answer within the time remaining on the Points Timer. If time runs out, the question and its answers will be disabled and not allow additional answers to be cast by your crowd. Once the Points Timer has expired, the Trivia Game will wait for you to either enable various Views about the question or update the Active Question to proceed with the next question.
Pausing a Trivia Game
During your live event and Trivia Game, there may be times when you want to pause the game. Pausing your Trivia Game will temporarily stop your crowd from answering questions and will show the crowd a Trivia Game Paused, Will Resume Shortly message on their mobile devices. To pause a Trivia Game, simply click on the gray circular Pause button under the Control Center. To resume a Trivia Game and continue playing, simply click the same button again, which has now turned into the Play button to indicate that this will resume your Trivia Game.
Now that we've learned how to start our Trivia Game and have answered the first question, we'll learn how to enable various Views like Show Live Answer Results (A), Show the Correct Answer (C), and Show Rankings (R). Go to the next step Showing Live Answers, Correct Answer, and Live Rankings.