A live, interactive game show in Baltimore, MD

game show network meets Mario party in the ultimate game show challenge!

The Game Show Gauntlet is Baltimore's coolest trivia night! Teams of 3 to 10 compete in a number of mini-game challenges based on game shows from around the world! It's not just trivia—word games, games of luck, games of dexterity and more are in play. You don't need to be know everything to win!

how to play the game show gauntlet

The object of the Game Show Gauntlet is to be the team with the highest score at the end of the game. Score is kept using dollars, but no real money is awarded during normal gameplay.

The Game Show Gauntlet is played with a maximum of six teams. Each team must have at least 3 players, and no more than 10. The first six teams to arrive and check in with the host will play. Anyone who arrives after six teams are registered will be absorbed by other teams.

Teams will play one at a time. During a team's turn, they will be assigned a random game show mini game by the Game Show Gauntlet. The host will inform them of what genre the gameplay is and how many people are needed to play.

Some games are Team Games and require the whole team to play. Other games are Individual Games and will require one, two, or three players from the team to play. In Individual games, every player on a team must play once before a player may play again.

All games are played for a maximum of $1,000 a game.

At the start of each game, each team will receive one Challenge Gem. These Gems allow teams to challenge each other.

If a team decides they're a bit far behind or they think another team's a bit too far ahead, they can choose to challenge a team. During their team's turn, a team can turn in their Challenge Gem and nominate another team. Those teams will go head-to-head in a special Challenge game.

The team that wins the Challenge game will steal $1,000 from the losing team.

House Rules
Any players playing a game are not allowed to use their cell phones.

Unless otherwise specified, teammates are not allowed to confer with each other while playing a game.

All trivia is deemed accurate at game time. Any discrepancies in material or judging should be taken up during halftime or when the Results screen is showing.

Special Rules
Box 23: Some Gauntlet sessions may end with Box 23. Box 23 contains one of 5 conditions: +$5,000; Double, Money Back, Half, or Nothing. Starting with the team in first place, each team can be offered to trade their entire score for the contents of Box 23. The contents of the box will then be applied to their score. Only one team can buy Box 23.

Double Up: During some rounds, the host will allow a team to cash in their Challenge Gem in order to play their assigned game for double the bank.

Most Whales Don’t Know How Bad They Smell

By Cara Giaimo for Atlas Obscura

IT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO GAZE AT A MAGNIFICENT underwater creature, like a dolphin or a trout, without pondering how it feels—to swim so fast, to dive so deep, to feel so comfortable in such as strange environment. But have you ever wondered, as they go about their watery lives, what they’re smelling?

Because all vertebrates come from the sea, smelling actually evolved there, too, says Dr. Keith Tierney, a fish olfaction expert at the University of Alberta. (Indeed, he points out, all olfaction arguably occurs underwater, as it requires the mucus in your nose.) But ever since the first proto-mammal crawled onto the shore, our smellvolution has diverged, leaving underwater creatures with adaptations that seem curious, and occasionally mysterious, to us landlubbers.

For a long time, scientists thought whales couldn’t smell at all. The Inupiat, though, knew differently. Twice each year, as they hunted bowheads off the coast of Alaska, they were careful not to light fires on the ice and to build latrines upwind, for fear the smell of smoke or sewage would drive the whales away.

In 2008, anatomist Dr. Hans Thewissen tagged along on a bowhead hunt and came back with four whole whale brains. Dissection revealed a distinct olfactory bulb, connected to the nostrils by a nerve several feet long, and DNA analysis showed plenty of genes that code for smell sensors. While bowheads still have no way of smelling underwater—they would choke—these structures indicates that when they come up for air, they get a whiff of the world.

This goes for manatees as well, although no behavioral studies have been conducted to see how they react to smells, says Nicola Erdsack of the Mote Marine Laboratory Manatee Research Program. Meanwhile, most toothed whales, including dolphins, lack this olfactory structure entirely, suggesting that they’re smell-blind in and out of the water. This is probably good, as whale breath smells, in the words of one observer, like “an unholy mingling of fart and fishiness.”