Protobowl is a real time multiplayer quizbowl application launched in late August 2012.
This was concieved some time around May 2012, but real development didn't start until July. The name is a portmanteau of "prototype" and "quizbowl".
I implore you to contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any and all questions, comments or concerns, preferably those which relate to Protobowl.
It looks like Protobowl is taking a while to connect to the server. This might not mean anything more than a slow connection, or it could be a sign of several possible issues. You could enter offline mode which will start Protobowl as if it did not have a connection to the server at all, but that has the obvious drawback of being offline and only being able to access a limited pool of questions.
If you wait a little bit, Protobowl will keep on trying to connect using different transports until it finds something that works.