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Bonk - Frequently Asked Questions

College Events Only

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Is a prize package included & how much?

Survey Says includes a $300 prize package.

Prizes are given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams. Consolation "gag prizes" are also given.

Of course you can increase the prize package if you so desire. To recieve a price quote please fill out the form on our contact page.

How many students play Survey Says?

This is one of the most often asked questions. Please keep in mind that we are PUTTING ON A SHOW, not just playing a game.

People tune in to watch game shows on television every night with no chance at all of playing. They watch because it's entertaining and fun.

That being said...

The entire audience will have a chance, at a minimum of one time or another in the competition.

A total of 6 teams of 4 will play the formal game. Making a total of 24.

What are the technical needs of Survey Says?

Bronze Level Production

Silver Level - Budget Plus Production Level

We'll need to following to be provided for the Silver/Bronze Level (Budget) Shows.

  • Video Projector & Enough Cable to reach the Podium
  • Podium
  • Sound System that is appropriate to the venue
  • Extension Cord with Power Strip - enough to reach the podium.
  • Technician who knows how to access your sound/video
  • 2 6 foot banquet style tables.


Gold Production Shows

We bring just about everything needed for these shows. See tech rider on downloads page for specific details, but here's an overview of what we'll need:

Electrical: Our equipment can run off of regular household current. We ask that 4 outlets, on 20 amp circuits, be available for our exclusive use.

If these outlets are further than 30' away from the performance area then extension cords should be provided.

General Stage Lighting: A general stage wash is needed for the show. The lighting we carry is for effect and general illumination should be provided by the venue. Our Platinum level shows include full stage lighting.

Sound: We carry our own sound equipment for Beat the Banker

Load in/Load out assistance: We have a LOT of gear to load in. It's all on wheels, so there's no heavy lifting. We don't require help, but we sure appreciate it when we get it and it puts our crew in a great mood for your show!

Platinum Level Shows

All of the above plus we strongly recommend a spider box or a direct power input as we will be drawing a lot of power. This is only for the platinum level shows as the lighting package is much more robust and intense.

How are people selected to play Survey Says?

Everyone at your event will have a chance to play during the game through our group challenges such as "Your School Has Talent" and other ways to get everyone an equal chance to participate.

One of our most popular ways of selecting contestants is "Scavenger Hunt" style ala the old "Let's Make a Deal" gameshow. We'll ask for someone with the most school flair, or someone with a picture of their pet on their cell phone, etc.

You can also do a drawing for the opportunity, or have people preselected - but we HIGHLY RECOMMEND using our time proven ways.

If Survey Says is being used as a part of a special event, such as Greek Week or a Inter-Dorm challenge - using preselected teams makes total sense and is recommended.

What level of production is Survey Says available in?

Survey Says is available in all levels of production: Bronze, Silver, Gold & Platinum. Bronze and Silver are identical with the exception that with the Silver package you will also have an on site technician to take care of all technical needs of the show - allowing the host to focus only on entertainment.


Bronze Level Production

We'll ask you to provide a few things for this show. It leaves the big sets at home and uses readily available items from your campus. See "Technical Needs" on this page for those items.


  • Host
  • Computerized Game Play
  • Wireless Connectivity so host can run show from his iPad with touchscreen computer back up - just in case
  • Custom table covers to turn any two tables into great looking player stands.
  • Lock Out Buzzers for Face Off portion of the show.
  • Sound Mixer
  • Wireless Microphone
  • Bank of game surveys custom tweaked for college audiences and the appropriate time span
  • Prize package
  • Sound Effects
  • Music
  • Customization of Surveys for your school. Included at no extra charge.

Gold Production Shows

All the bells and whistles of a TV Game Show.

Includes (everything above plus more)

  • Host
  • Trained Technician
  • Huge Truss Set
  • Lighted Face Off Podium
  • Intelligent Lighting
  • Custom Player Stands
  • Signage
  • Music & Sound Effects
  • Video Mixer
  • Full Sound System (appropriate for audiences up to 500) if more are expected you should either provide sound or go with a Platinum Level Show.
  • Super Bright Video Projection
  • Stylized Video Screens
  • Backdrops & Curtains

Platinum Level Shows

Everything included in the Gold production PLUS...

  • Front of Stage Truss System to suspend lighting and video projection - giving cleaner lines
  • Enhanced Intelligent Lighting
  • General Lighting - an important distinction between packages
  • Enhanced Sound System (when needed)

Additional Items that can be added on a per item basis but that are NOT included automatically in our published pricing:

  • Live music & announcer
  • Follow Spots and Operators
  • Customization of questions or game play
  • Live video recording and side of stage video projection (outsourced locally)
  • Custom Commercials and Videos
Can we get all inclusive pricing?

Of course. We list our prices plus travel and lodging, but we will give you a firm price for travel, and if you prefer we can even include the cost of the hotel.

You'll know exactly what your price is when you send back the contract.

We're all about being easy to work with.

Do you have insurance?

Of course. We are fully insured. We can add your event to our policy at no additional charge - so you're covered too.

How much time does it take to set up/tear down?

Bronze Level Production

Silver Level Production

We'll need about 2 hours to set up. It takes far less than this to set everything up, but this gives us time to troubleshoot since we'll be using unfamiliar equipment. This always gives us plenty of time, providing that all items from our tech needs are ready and waiting for us when we arrive.

Gold Production Shows

Take about 3-3 1/2 hours to set up and about 60-90 minutes to tear down and load out.

Please take this into account when scheduling your facilities.

Shorter set up times (within reason) can be accomplished by us bringing in extra crew at an extra cost. Please inquire if you will need us to do this

Platinum Level Shows

Take about 4-4 1/2 hours to set up and about 75-100 minutes to tear down and load out.

Please take this into account when scheduling your facilities.

Shorter set up times (within reason) can be accomplished by us bringing in extra crew at an extra cost. Please inquire if you will need us to do this

These set up times assume easy access to the rooms, a loading dock and NO STAIRS. If we will need extra time to load in please let us know in advance.

How long does a show last?

The typcial show lasts 60-90 minutes with an average of 70 minutes.

Can we customize the game or game play?

Our software makes it easy to customize the surveys and this customization is available at no additional cost.

Customized surveys should be returned to our offices at least 7 days before your event.

Many schools have found that using a blend of custom surveys with those that we know are fun surveys for colleges works exceptionally well.

We can customize in any way desired, let us know what you have in mind and we'll put together a price quote for that customization.

We have ready to go shows for "Alcohol Awareness" and "Distracted Driving" and are willing to work with you to customize a show to meet a specific need.

If we feel the topic you are interested in will be popular with other schools, we'll write a custom show at no extra charge. We may already have something for you with a different show, as each show has it's own character and strenths.

We are happy to work with you to figure out what will work best for your event if you have something special in mind

What size of performance area is needed?

Our Bronze and Silver shows are very flexible and can fit in just about any space. However - to make it feel more like a show we recommend the minimums outlined below. We can be very flexible with the budget shows, but not quite as much with the Gold/Platinum shows.

Our shows are pretty big. So we do need some room. Though we do have a bit of flexibility these are our ideal space needs:

For Gold or Platinum Level shows a stage or platform that is a minimum of 16' deep x 24' wide (preferably 28' or wider)

If a stage is not available we can work on floor level - just add about 4 feet to these dimensions.

Near the stage/performance area should be a place for two 6 foot banquet tables (we'll bring these) for our technician to set up.

This space should be indoors, or if outdoors this should be preapproved by our staff and it should be a covered area. Outdoor shows are not recommended for daytime events as even our very bright projectors get washed out in full sunlight.

We also need 10.5 feet above the stage for our full set - though we can make the set shorter if we need to. Again... just let us know in advance so we are prepared.

State Fees/Taxes/Permits

Some states such as California, North Carolina and Missouri (just a few that we know of) have "Out of State Entertainer" taxes or state income taxes that we don't have here in our home state of Texas.

Our contracts will always contain this wording:

SPECIAL NOTE: The agreed upon fee is the amount that should be paid to Game Shows To Go AFTER ANY FEES, STATE TAXES (income, performer or otherwise), Special Licensing Fees required by your state or other municipality or organization. There is no way for us to keep up with all 50 states and thousands of states and cities. The amount of the check written to Game Shows to go, after deductions should be (amount quoted for show). If the gross needs to be adjusted please do so to ensure the proper payment amount. Thanks for your understanding.

This seems to be the best way to keep our prices low and only pass along these costs to the states/people who charge them. Our fees usually include travel/lodging/prizes/promotional materials and many other expenses and that are not income.

Ways we can work around this are:

  • Add the amount expected to be deducted for these fees/taxes to the amount your check is requested for.
  • Subtract the amount of fees/taxes from the prize money we give at the show (if we are providing prizes).
  • Add a clause that says expenses of "up to <the amount of taxes/fees> will be billed after the show" and we'll bill you for that exact amount.
Are discounts available?

We fully participate in block bookings both through NACA and on our own. Check our calendar page to see when we'll be coming near you to save.

We give HUGE discounts to schools who work with us to create routes. Using Coop buying really helps everyone to win.

You can also get discounts by scheduling more than one show during the school year.

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