Wits and Wagers: Game Basics & Looking Beyond the Classic

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The award winning Wits and Wagers game is a fast paced trivia game combined with the fun of Vegas style betting. Though trivia is a major part of the game, you don't have to be a trivia buff to succeed.

The Board Game Wits and Wagers

Dominic Crapuchettes, inventor of Wits and Wagers, released the first edition of the game in 2005. Two years later the current edition of the game was released. Manufactured by North Star Games, Wits and Wagers has won more than twenty awards since its release making it the most award winning party game ever made.

Wits and Wagers can be played with four to twenty players, but if there are more than seven players, teams must be formed.

Wits and Wagers Game Components

Each Wits and Wagers game includes the following:

  • A four page full-color book of rules
  • A felt betting mat
  • 14 tokens for betting
  • 120 poker chips
  • 7 dry erase boards for writing down answers
  • 7 dry erase pens
  • A thirty second sand timer

Game Play Basics

A combination of trivia and betting, Wits and Wagers is simple to learn and fun to play. Each game consists of seven playing rounds and the player with the most chips at the end of the last round wins the game. To play Wits and Wagers:

  • Each player writes down her guess to a question on a dry erase answer board.
  • The answer boards are placed on the betting mat with the answers showing.
  • Each player makes a bet on which of the answers is closest to the right answer, whether it is her own answer or not.
  • Players that pick the right answer win chips. The number of chips won depends on the odds that are marked on the betting mat.

Wits and Wagers Family Game

Made for three to ten players, Wits and Wagers Family is a perfect game for family game night. Recommended for children eight years and older, the family edition of Wits and Wagers includes:

  • 300 questions that are kid friendly
  • 150 question cards
  • 5 large Meeples
  • 5 small Meeples
  • 5 dry erase answer boards
  • 5 dry erase pens
  • 1 dry erase score board
  • Simplified scoring
  • Simplified rules

Rather than wagering, the family version consists of placing playing pieces called Meeples on the answers believed to be correct. Large Meeples are worth two points, while small ones are worth a single point.

Wits and Wagers Expansion Pack 1

With 707 new questions, the Wits and Wagers Expansion Pack 1 adds new excitement to the game. The $2.5 million dollar winner from the television show Jeopardy, Ken Jennings, helped write the questions. The expansion pack includes a special limited edition card with seven of Mr. Jennings favorite questions that he personally chose. The personality card also has a cartoon of Mr. Jennings and information about him. The limited edition bonus card can only be found in the first edition of the expansion pack.

The French edition of Wits and Wagers includes a limited edition bonus personality card of Bruno Faidutti. North Star Games also created cards for Richard Borg, Scott Alden and Alan Moor. The only way to obtain these cards is through special promotions and from the convention booths of North Star Games.

Wits and Wagers for Xbox 360

Wits and Wagers is also available as an Xbox 360 Live Arcade game. The Xbox game is played with up to 6 players online or up to 4 players on an Xbox console. Players have approximately 30 seconds to answer each question. Game play is similar to the board game.

Where to Find Wits and Wagers

This fun filled game is available at many brick and mortar stores including Borders, Target and specialty stores. Online retailers that carry Wits and Wagers include:

Wits and Wagers Resources

To review the rules and learn more about how to play, see Play Board Games or watch this instructional video.

Play at a Party or Family Game Night

Whether you play Wits and Wagers at your next party or during a simple family game night, it is certain this trivia game will give everyone plenty of action, laughs and fun.

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