@tyler, thanks for the fast reply!
I am glad to hear you guys already have this on your radar.
One thing that might work is indeed having recordings, maybe with the option to ask questions beforehand? The crew could then pick the best ones and answer them during the event. No Ersatz, especially for Trivia Night, surely, but it would be great to have this.
Some thoughts on time zones: I worked for an international company a few years back, with offices around the globe. Scheduling meetings that suited everyone was a PITA (pain in the appendix, excuse my Klatchian).
What our managers did was to let one office grasp the nettle and agree to an uncomfortable time slot so that others could easily integrate the meeting into their normal work day. And all offices were taking turns.
For AO this could translate for example into having several times the same event, in different time slots over the stretch of a few weeks (though I don’t know if enough folks are signing up for this to work for you and your partners).