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Wits & Wagers Family

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Product Awards:  
Games Magazine Awards
Best Family Game Nominee, 2011

Ages Play Time Players
8+ 20 minutes 3-10

Designer(s): Dominic Crapuchettes

Publisher(s): North Star Games

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Product Description

Wits & Wagers, the most award-winning party game in history, is now for the whole family!

First, every player writes down a guess to a fun question. Then players try to score points by choosing which guess is closest to the right answer. Wits & Wagers Family combines laughter and learning in a game that all ages can enjoy together!

Wits & Wagers Family features 300 brand new family-oriented questions. The simplified rules and scoring system also make the game more accessible for families and kids.

Product Awards

Games Magazine Awards
Best Family Game Nominee, 2011

Product Information


  • 150 question cards
  • 5 dry-erase pens
  • 5 dry-erase boards
  • 1 dry-erase scoreboard
  • 5 large wooden Meeples
  • 5 small wooden Meeples
  • 1 full-color rules

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.2 in 6 reviews

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The winning Wits & Wagers formula goes family friendly
May 30, 2012

The big success for North Star was Wits & Wagers (2005), which 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. The game proved hugely popular, and rightly so.

North Star later came up with the excellent idea of making a family friendly version of their original hit, which they released as Wits & Wagers Family (2010). The Family Edition of the game removes some of the "betting" elements and gambling feel of the original Wits & Wagers, by adding meeples as a simpler scoring system which is more suitable for families - some even prefer this method above the original. The trivia questions are also less obscure, and ideal for a broader audience which can include children from as young as 8. Even though it is geared towards a younger crowd, it's still fun for adults as well!

The Family Edition of Wits & Wagers was the first North Star game we played, and it continues to be well received and see table time on occasion. Highly recommended!

EndersGame, BGG reviewer

The trivia game that truly bridges the generation gap.
January 31, 2011

I will preface this review by saying that I received a free copy of this game in a giveaway on The Dice Tower podcast.

Trivia games are a difficult thing to pitch at a family. Either the questions are too easy, and the adults get bored quickly, or they are too difficult, and only Great Uncle Clive gets any of them correct. Wits and Wagers Family manages to successfully bridge this generation gap, and delivers a trivia game the whole family can enjoy.

The premise is very simple - a question is asked with a numerical answer. Everyone writes their answer on a dry-erase board, and puts it in the middle of the table. Players then select which of the answers they think is closest (without going over.) A single point is awarded for having the closest initial answer, but up to three points are available for guessing which of the given answers is closest. This clever rule means that people who don't have a clue about a particular subject can still remain competitive in every question.

I have played a few games of this with my family (myself, Mrs J, and my son, who has just turned eight.) I was genuinely surprised at quite how well the game worked despite the obvious disparity in general knowledge levels between us. The games we have played have all gone right down to the wire, with most of them being won either by one point (winner is the first to 15) or on the tiebreaker.

The questions are spread out over a wide range of subjects, from the number of different coloured Froot Loops in a pack to the height of the Eiffel Tower. There have been a couple of questions that all of us have just known, such as the temperature water boils at, but this has not detracted from the game.

The litmus test of any game is whether it gets played. This game has been requested both by my son and wife every day during the last few weekends, and at no more than about 20 minutes a game, it has been a very easy choice to say "Yes."

by Jenkins
Wonderful game for kids, adults and even non-gamers
January 21, 2011

I'm reviewing Wits & Wagers Family, a simplified, family-friendly version of Wits & Wagers. My wife and I like the standard edition of Wits & Wagers quite a bit. It is a simple and fun trivia game that you don't really need to know trivia to play. The way this works is that each player (or team of players) has a card, a wet-erase marker and a pile of poker chips. A question is read aloud, to which the answer is a number. Each player or team writes down their guess on their card, and then all the cards are arranged from high to low on a felt play mat. Position in relation to the median bet determines the odds and the payout for a correct answer. And then everyone bets on what they believe to be the correct answer with their poker chips. Then the answer is read, the correct guesser is given a small payout, and then correct betters are paid out according to the odds. There are seven rounds, and all but the last round have betting limits. Pretty simple, right?

The standard version of Wits & Wagers is fairly simple for adults, and, as per the box, can accommodate up to 21 people (assuming seven teams of three, since there are only materials for seven). As with any betting game, it favors those who play the odds and are somewhat savvy to those kinds of systems. It is a great game for adults. We can get non-gamer friends to play this and enjoy it every time. But it isn't the best for kids.

Wits & Wagers assumes an understanding of risks versus payouts that most people of age teen and above are likely to have acquired, but not younger kids. Also, when you bet chips and guess wrong, you lose them. In a trivia-based game, kids are already at a bit of a disadvantage for not having the breadth of knowledge an adult does... so losing your cool stuff on top of that can seem mean to the younger ones. Those reasons, as well as the nature of the trivia questions themselves, make the standard version somewhat inaccessible to kids. Enter the family version.

Wits & Wagers Family streamlines this. The questions are things children are more likely to have encountered, but still challenging to them and adults. Betting is simplified to using meeples. Each player has a large meeple and a small meeple, and there is no odds track with different payouts. The game plays as above, but you score one point for a correct answer, one point for betting on the correct answer with your small meeple and two for your big meeple. So you will score 0-4 points in a turn. The score is tallied on a score track, and the game ends when a person gets to fifteen points. Much simpler.

My family favors the family version of Wits & Wagers over the standard version. It is far more accessible to children, and we have succcessfully played it three times already with our five year old daughter. She has had a blast, and was able to be competitive. The questions are still challenging, and there will still be a range of answers each question. Quick to learn, quick to play, easy to enjoy. As an owner of 500+ games and a blogger about games (see my profile for link), I give this game the highest possible recommendation. You won't regret having this game in your collection.

Growing Up Gamers

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