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Wits & Wagers
Second Edition reprint
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Not a trivia buff? It doesn't matter!
- Everyone writes down a guess to a question
- Place the guesses face up on the betting mat.
- Bet on which guess is closest to the correct answer, even if it's not your own.
Think you know it? Bet on your own guess.
Think you know who the experts are? Bet on them!
Now also available in a Family edition.
North Star Games
Players: 4 - 20
Time: 25 minutes
Ages: 10 and up
Weight: 945 grams
All-Time Sales Rank: #106
Language Requirements: This is a domestic item. Manufacturer's rules are printed in English. Game components are printed in English.
- 1 felt betting mat
- 90 plastic poker chips
- 100 question cards
- 14 player betting chips
- 7 dry-erase pens
- 7 dry-erase boards
- 1 sand timer
- 1 rules manual
Average Rating: 4.6 in 51 reviews
The big success for North Star was Wits & Wagers (2005), which even now has managed to find its way into big box stores like Target and Walmart. It puts a whole new spin on the trivia genre, by not making the trivia element play a lead role. After all teams have submitted their answer to a particular trivia question, you may bid on an answer that another player/team guessed. This is a great concept, because it means that you stand a chance of earning points even if you don't much idea about the real answer. Is Aunt Joan a history buff? Then let's see what her answer was to this question about the date of this battle, because she's the one most likely to get it right.
Skill and knowledge is still rewarded, but the questions have been designed with just the right level of difficulty to keep the playing field more level, and inject an element of tension and excitement that is not present in most trivia games. Being able to bid chips can increase the risk as well as the rewards, and so there's room for both high risk and low risk players to have a great time - and perhaps eek out a win! It's this bidding/betting mechanic that really makes the game shine, and gives it a game-show feel. As a result, Wits & Wagers rises beyond the mundane that we have come to expect from a trivia game.
It's also ideal for large groups, because players can team up. The essence of gameplay is so easy to explain, making it ideal for having new players on board and enjoying themselves from the get-go. It's quick to play (under 30 minutes), and perhaps best of all, it's buckets full of fun! How many other trivia games do you know that you can honestly describe with the word fun? I'm sure there are some, but "fun" isn't usually the adjective of choice that most people associate with trivia, but it certainly is true of Wits & Wagers!
Wits and Wagers is a game that I first became familiar with at the Origins Gaming Convention in Columbus, OH. It was in it's premiere and North Star Games was doing demos of it and many of it's other new games. As soon as I played the demo, I knew that I HAD to own this game. I bought it right there on the spot. I went back several times during that weekend to keep playing the demos and help others get into the game. I took it back to my board-game loving family and friends and we all had a blast with it! This game has something for everyone - trivia for the quizzical type and luck/chance for the wagering type. Even my 6 year old brother (at the time) loved it and we all had a blast playing it with him. I would definitely recommend this game to anyone!
I was first introduced to North Star Games by going to their booth at GenCon in 2008, and was instantly hooked on their games. This was my most recent acquisition and turns out to be an even bigger hit then Say Anything! Whenever my wife and I go to a family function, we make sure to take this along. It's been a huge hit among gamers and non-gamers alike. Even my seventy four year old aunt loves this game and has great fun on trying to figure out who has the best answer. I'm looking forward to playing with the expansion as well. Great game, great company. If you ever have the need for a party game, you *need* to have this in your library of games.
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