Monday, October 26, 2009

More harmful bullshit from the so-called "National Trivia Association"

... which is in reality precisely one douchebag named Andrew Weilgus. Long-time blog readers might recall this particular turd from this post or this one, in which we learned that Andy W. makes a series of farcical and questionably legal claims to other quizmasters in an attempt to extract money from them in exchange for, in effect, nothing.

Last week I received a call from local magician and quizmaster Michael W., who works in Andy's backyard, the Jersey Shore. You should check out his cool
magic and quiz site here. Michael reads the blog and was aware of my previous run-ins with the so-called NTA, and wanted to share his tale and ask me what was up with this fruitcake.

Michael took Andy at his (sometimes) claim that the NTA is just there to help promote the game across the board, and sent a nice little email asking if it would be possible to list his games on the site. The response was two emails from Andy containing his unique brand of semi-literate insult, abuse, idle threat and fiction-based braggadocio.

Exhibit the First:

"Sorry i'm not advertising competing games, many people have been confused thinking you were working for us and have relayed their disappointment when they found out it was not NTA. Good luck with your en devours."

I seriously doubt that any one person at any time has ever even noticed that a quiz was or wasn't affililiated with the NTA, let alone "many" people, and the idea that this spelling- and grammar-challenged douche is writing better quizzes than most of us is laughable.

Of particular amusement to me is the pseudo-French phrase en devours, no doubt intended to mean the English word endeavours. There isn't a French word "devours." This from the man who writes a far superior quiz to the rest of us according to his website!

Not content with this display of ignorance, Andy W., clearly worried that someone is doing a better job of running quizzes than him in his own backyard, sent a second email attempting to threaten Michael with ruin and entice him with fictional employment via the NTA:

Exhibit the Second:

"We cant work with you on Laguna because we have a no compete in that town but if you wanted to consider switching to our game for the Fridays show i could talk to you about taking a role with us and training you as an alternate in the region, you would have to not use the game in brigantine though. I can tell you since we ve been running quizzo since 2000 down here we've seen a ton of independent games come and go because they can't offer the level of game we can nor can they match the nation wide tournament aspect of our game which includes our nation finals in atlantic city. Depending on what you were getting from Fridays i'd be willing to discuss a deal."

Michael is effectively telling Andy to stuff it through ignoring him, as is appropriate. I doubt that Andrew with his shaky grasp both of the English language and reality could "train" a working stage magician and actually bright fellow on how to do a better quiz than he does now. "Nation finals" ? Not "National Finals"? I've taught many an ESL student who knew better than that.

Let the quizmaster and quiz player beware; this is how the "NTA"/ Andrew Weilgus, with no legal right to even the name quizzo and as a relative latecomer to the quiz biz, does business. A "no-compete" for quizzo? Seriously?! That's like having a no-compete for darts or pool... or beer.

Incidentally I recently re-cleaned up the Wikipedia entry for Quizzo, which frequently morphs into a semi-literate, inappropriate series of ads for various quizzes in the rules section if we let it. I keep having to repost a link at the bottom of the entry in the more appropriate Links section to this site, which is the only link serially removed, likely by Andrew, who has done so in the past. This fucktard is clearly so insecure in his ability to do this job that he needs to attempt to ham-fistedly censor and threaten anyone else doing it within 100 miles.

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