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Wits & Wagers Party

Wits & Wagers Party

Fall 2012 Games
Ages: 8 & Up
Manufacturer: North Star Games LLC
Price: $29.99

Wits & Wagers Party is an absolute riot for all ages. It is a trivia game where all the answers are numbers and no one is really expected to know the answer. Each team (or individual player) takes an answer board, a dry erase pen and 2 betting tokens then a designated player reads one of the 250 trivia questions. Teams write their best guess on their board and all the boards are placed on the table in numerical order, starting with the Elvis impersonator card that is marked with "1". Teams place betting tokens on the card they believe is closest to the true answer without going over; this can be their own card or any other, and bets can be placed on one or two cards. The correct answer is read and teams collect poker chips for writing the winning answer and for every betting token on the winning card. On the seventh and final round, teams can bet all or none of their poker chips they have collected along with their betting tokens. Payout is the same, but chips on incorrect answers are lost. The team with the most poker chips at the end of the 7th round is the winner.

We love that the game uses dry erase boards and we delighted in the amusing character illustrations on the answer boards and betting tokens. These especially contribute to the party theme.

Questions cover lots of topics and are just as outrageous as the illustrations. Here are a couple of examples:

  • The first portable computer was released in 1981. How many pounds did it weigh? 23.5 lbs
  • The Hercules beetle can carry an object that is how many times its own weight? 850

We look forward to North Star Games releasing expansion packs with more questions for this game.

Ellie and Don Homce   ©2012 Parents' Choice
Don and Ellie Homce are the parents of two sons. Ellie is a former chemistry and physical science teacher and trainer in the hazardous materials field. Currently a professional volunteer at local schools and a thrift shop, Ellie continues to pursue her interests in art. Don is a health and safety and environmental science professional who enjoys building and fixing things. He has been a Boy Scout Leader for the past ten years.

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