Open Forum Debate: Who Won 2019?

Celebrate the year that was with a full-scale debate over the most important question of our time: Who Won 2019? brought to you by Board Game Empire! 

About this Event

We’ve got a simple question for you: Who Won 2019? Who captured the nation’s hearts and imaginations? Who dominated memes, podcasts, think pieces, and watercooler conversations?

Sunday, January 12th, we invite you to an open-forum debate over who won the year. As we speak, we’re creating a 32-entrant, NCAA-style bracket full of 2019 heavyweights. Baby Yoda. The US Women’s World Cup Team. Avengers End Game. Lizzo. Documentaries about the Fyre Festival. Lamar Jackson. There will be options from the worlds of pop culture, sports, games, music, movies, business and life in general.

Each round, we’ll announce a matchup and then take arguments from you, the crowd. In previous years, arguments have ranged from passionate to scientific to esoteric to just plain absurd. People who don't want to make arguments and just listen can, people who want to analyze pop culture events on a granular level like no human ever has before... they can do that too. Meanwhile, we’ll have a moderator there to make sure no one rambles on or hogs the microphone.

When the dust settles, we’ll put the matter to a vote, the winner will advance to the next round, and we’ll go to a subsequent matchup until ultimately one final champion is crowned.And don’t worry, we’ll steer clear of politics. So the impeachment, Hong Kong, the government shutdown, and everything else your uncle has been ranting about on Facebook won’t be up for discussion. There’s plenty of time for serious debate in our nation about the topics that truly matter. This is a time for arguing everything else.



I don’t know anything about pop culture, am I going to be lost at this debate?

We find that even people who don’t know about all the topics being discussed at these things still have a good time, but if you want to bone up in anticipation of the event, we can send you the brackets a couple of days before the event and you can do a Wikipedia/ deep dive on the topics.

I know several things I would love to submit for consideration, can I do so?

Hell yeah. Here’s a link where you can submit as many contenders as you’d like:

We may use them, we may change them, we may ignore them outright. You don’t own us. But if we like an idea, we’ll find a way to incorporate it in the debate.

What’s your refund policy?

All tickets are eligible for refund up until 24 hours before the event. After that, we’re blowing your money on something fun and non-refundable.

Does the venue serve food and booze?

Yes and yes.

Event date: 
Sunday, January 12, 2020 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
338 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02115