Fact Sheet: Strikeout

Everyone loves Family Feud. Strikeout is a convention-friendly version of Feud. It’s convention-friendly due to the fact that contestants get to choose the “top answers” from our survey from a board of twelve answers. It works really well due to the fact that contestants always get to confer with each other, don’t have to come up with answers out of the blue, and can get help (or hindrance) from the audience at all times. Twelve participants get to play this game, so from a participation standpoint it has more people involved directly in the game than any other show I do apart from The Price is Right.

I’ve posted my thoughts about why I never had much success doing Feud as a live event, so developed Strikeout (formerly Knockout…thanks America!) as a way to bring that style of game show back into my repertoire. I’d love to see this particular game branch out and be used at other types of fandom conventions, as it’s the sort of game that fits with anything.


This game requires 90 minutes including setup time.  It requires the use of projector and screen (VGA/HDMI and minijack). A minimum of one microphone (three is preferred) is requested. Stage layout includes two tables, one for each team of contestants, though can also be played with one table at center stage if necessary. A lectern may be provided as well. There are seven onstage participants.

Preferred title for program book:

Greggo’s Game Shows: Strikeout

Program book description:

Four teams of three play a game similar to Family Feud.  Surveys taken before the con result in a game board with twelve possible answers.  The object of the game is to find the top seven answers among the possible ones…finding one earns the team money.  Finding one of the five “strikeout” answers costs the team a member!  The surviving team advances to the next round and has a shot to win big!

Prize support recommendation:

There are multiple ways to present this game.  In the version with a bonus round, teams can win an average of $35-$60 in the main game and up to an additional $160 (if they play a perfect game, which has only happened once in fifteen or so plays) in “cash” to spend in the prize coffers. You can use your own prizes or, if you prefer, any amount won can be paid after the con and presented to the winner in a form of your choice.   The other option is to eliminate the bonus game and have the winner of the championship round earn a predetermined grand prize for each member of their team (which can be a convention badge).

2 thoughts on “Fact Sheet: Strikeout

    1. At the time of the change “the knockout game” was trending, and I didn’t want parents seeing something that might remind them of the violent street “game” where random folk get punched out and beaten for no reason.

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