Thursday, October 14, 2010

Wits & Wagers

Publisher: North Star Games

Players: 4-20

Ages: 10+

Wits & Wagers Rules: N/A

Wits and Wagers is a fun party/trivia game where knowing the answer is not necessarily the most important path to success.

Don't know how many ridges there are on the standard US quarter edge? Step 1: make something up. Step 2: look at everyone's answers and see if any of those look right, then pick one of those instead.

All of the questions have numbers for answers and once everyone has made a secret guess, all the answers are revealed and put in order from smallest to largest. At this point, players have a chance to choose a different answer (or two) or even stick with your original answer.

Player 1 says there are 25 ridges in a quarter.  Player 2: 50.  Player 3: 99.  Player 4 says 127.  Player 5 says 2,500.

Players wager chips on the answer they think is closest to the correct answer (without going over).

There are 119 ridges on a quarter, so player 3 is the winner and everyone that wagered on player 3's answer would win their bet.

The One Zillion Games Grown-Ups really liked this game. We definitely would recommend game for your next party; the more the better.

The only thing I would change about this game is a procedure/component change dealing with the cards. Each card has all seven questions on one side and all seven answers on the other. As the reader and player, you need to be careful not to accidentally see upcoming answers. Maybe some sort of sleeve for the card to hide the answers.'s an idea - I could read the rules.  Here is a note from North Star Games:
To avoid the 'accidentally looking at the answers' problem you mention above, you should only read the first question of the first card, then draw a second card and read the 2nd question, 3rd card 3rd question and so on. I believe the rules state this, but maybe not.  Give it a shot!

It is totally in the rules, so skip over my suggestion for a sleeve like I must have skipped over the 2 places on the first page of the rules where this is addressed.

I will be petitioning for a new house rule (as someone that lost this game a lot) - Your final seventh wager should be a true "daily double" so I can have a shot.

OZG Grown-Ups Score: 8 points

 One Zillion Games was provided with a review copy of Wits & Wagers. The fact that a sample copy was provided, in no way influences our opinions of the game.

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