The Host View

Hello!


It’s been another eventful week in 2020. To our new friends, welcome. To our west coast friends, we are hoping for rain and better air quality. To our Jewish friends, L’Shana Tova. As always, we will continue to keep these updates coming twice a month.


What We Do

Running interactive games online is far harder than it should be. Hosts have to cobble together an array of tools to simulate experiences for their audiences that are far inferior to the real-world equivalent. We believe there is a better solution that needs to be built from the ground up. We’re creating an all-in-one tool where hosts can produce a branded, interactive game show allowing users to watch and play from self-formed parties.


Highlights

  • We ran a QA test this week that exceeded 150 users, which was our largest test to date.

  • We started experimenting with a new approach to using Google Forms for question by question trivia. Today, Forms is almost exclusively used for round based trivia. We believe we have a solution and plan to share it with each of you when ready!

  • We’ve continued to tinker with the website and will be making continuous updates over the next week or so. Please feel free to share any feedback.

  • I’m excited to announce that we have a 5th member of the team joining full time. He’s a designer and I’ll share more about his background in our next update but we’re very happy to have him!


Lowlights

  • The aforementioned QA test yielded a number of bugs (expected) but we definitely have some work to do to stabilize the platform.

  • Our search for our 6th team member is taking longer than expected. We are prioritizing quality and talent over all else and we don’t intend to compromise so it will take some time.

  • We have 60 Instagram followers and it’s growing a bit slower than desired. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram!


Product Development

To date we’ve shared a wide array of developments and features on the audience side of the product. We wanted to wait to share the host side until we felt we had something that would be innovative and meaningful for each of you. I’m excited to present the image below of what the host would see. In this example, you will see a Crowdpurr setup embedded however it will be your choice as to whether you use Crowdpurr, Kahoot, Google Forms or an alternative. The left-hand side represents the “control panel” for screen sharing, embedding videos, and your answer form. You’ll note that we enable multiple hosts if necessary. The top right tells you how many players are in the game.


The bottom is what we are really excited about as we continue to work to close the gap between the online and offline experience. What you see here is our attempt to prioritize users that are engaging in interesting ways (i.e. making a clever comment) for the host so they can absorb that information and potentially react. This tray of user videos will move chronologically so the host can be updated as new things happen and actually see the people engaging with them.



Team

  • Arlen: Getting to know you

  • Ben: Our fearless leader

  • Bo: Keeping us all on track

  • Yusang: Bringing it to life

  • Mystery man: Making LP beautiful


Help Wanted

  • If you know anyone who’s doing something interesting in the online trivia space please make an introduction!

  • If you haven’t followed us on Instagram yet please do so @GoLunaPark


Kudos

Jonathan Gottlieb for being a thought partner

Craig Brooks for being a big supporter

Garry Leavy and Jason Borsom for taking LP for a test spin

Everyone who filled out the survey last time!


Thanks for reading! As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any thoughts, feedback, or concerns. Until then, we’ll be hard at work building Luna Park.


Arlen, Ben, Bo, and Yusang

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