Wits & Wagers Family
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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.
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!
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."
(note: originally posted on BoardGameGeek here: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/606337/a-review-wits-amp-wagers-family-style )
How many questions are in the game? (flip card over)
There are 150 separate cards, each of which has two questions/answers. The answers are usually detailed and have citations which many players find very useful, like this explanation you're reading right now.
How many questions have a numerical answer?
All answers are a number, which can be a decimal or combination of units, such as pounds and ounces.
How many people (or teams) can play Wits & Wagers: Family?
The five different colors are blue, yellow, green, pink, and purple.
In the reviewer's opinion, what is the minimum age to play?
Note: Not all six year olds are the same.
After each players' guesses are revealed, how many meeples does each player put on
the card (or cards) she thinks is correct?
Two meeples are provided, a large one and a small one, worth two points and one point, respectively. Each meeple can be placed on a different card or the same card.
How many points does the winning card earn?
The winning card is the player's card with the closest guess without going over, Price Is Right style.
What is the maximum number of points a player can earn from a single question?
Four points: one from the small meeple, two from the big meeple, and one point for having the winning card. The game is played to fifteen points.
How many more of these silly questions is this review going to have?
5? No, 6!
As a percentage, how many questions did the six year old referenced above have no
clue on how to answer?
Approximately one in three questions were blind shots in the dark, but there are several questions that a child can get dead-on that an adult may have trouble with, like the number of Disney princesses.
As a percentage, how many questions did the reviewer have no clue on how to answer?
This can lead to adults having a runaway game, so some handicapping may be necessary to keep the younger kids competitive. Only allowing the small meeple to be used, for example.
In pounds and ounces, how heavy is the reviewer?
That's rather personal don't you think?
I'm just saying, you look pretty good. Have you been working out?
Wow, thanks! I have been trying to hit the gym more regularly, but isn't this starting to stray off topic?
I'm supposed to be the only one asking the questions.
That wasn't a question.
I'm supposed to be the only one asking the questions?
That's just ridiculous. I think it's time to call it.
On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being "Bantha poodoo" and 10 being "OMG OMG DOUBLE
MEEPLE ALL THE WAY", what did this reviewer rate Wits & Wagers: Family?
Wait, can I change my answer to 7.5?
I think he rated it an 8 but I don't want to go over.