Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Wits & Wagers
I'm not a big fan of party games. I know, I'm probably in the minority on this, but if I have the choice of a party game or a good strategy game, I'll choose the strategy game 10 times out of 10. And then I played Wits & Wagers...
Wits & Wagers is the first party game that I actually like and would request to play. It's the party game for those who don't like party games.
Wits & Wagers is a trivia game. I probably just lost everyone with horrible visions of Trivial Pursuit, but don't worry! You don't need to be good at trivia to play Wits & Wagers, you just need to be good at knowing who you think knows the answers.
To play Wits & Wagers you choose one of 7 small white boards, a dry erase marker, and two betting chips that are the same color as your white board. 7 trivia cards are then taken from the box and someone is designated as the "question reader". The game comes with a bunch of betting chips and before the game a banker is chosen. After writing you're team name on your white board you are ready to play.
The "question reader" then reads the first question and the timer is turned over. Everyone writes their answer on their white board and when the time is up everyone reveals their answer. All the questions in the game have answers that are numerical. The anwers are ordered from smallest to largest on the mat below:
Depending on the answer is what odds the answer has. Odds range from 5:1 to 2:1 with the lowest and the highest answers having the highest odds. The timer is turned over again and everyone takes their two betting tokens and places them on the answer that they think is closest to the correct answer without going over. Tokens can be placed on one answer or split up between two. If you have won tokens in previous rounds they can be played as well. When the time expires the correct answer is revealed and those who bet on the correct answer win! The banker pays out depending on the odds and how many chips were put on the answer. The person who guessed the right answer gets three additional chips. This continues for 7 rounds and the person with the most chips after the 7th round is the winner!
I haven't played a game of Wits & Wagers that hasn't been a blast. The only downfall I can see with the game is that we always seem to run out of chips, but this can easily be fixed. I highly recommend checking out Wits and Wagers, and if you can you should definately pick up a copy. Thanks for reading and happy gaming!