Wits & Wagers combines trivia with betting to create a unique party game – one that can involve anywhere from 3 to 21 players in an evening or half-hour worth of relatively painless trivia questions and sometimes near-painful strategizing.
The trivia questions are all answered with numbers. e.g.: “How many times to the Beatles sing the word ‘Yeah’ in the song She Loves You?” and “According to July 2004 estimates, how many people live in the U.S.?” Players record their answers on write-on, wipe-off cards, with write-on, wipe-off markers (supplied). What makes this all somewhat kinder and gentler is that the likelihood of anyone knowing the actual answer is very low. So, it’s more like a guessing game – anything from educated to wild will do. Which makes the whole game far more inviting and replete with jollitude than most exercises in trivia.
Then there’s the betting. Answers are arranged numerically on the heavy duty vinyl betting mat (probably one of the thickest and most durable ever put into a game). The median answer has the lowest pay off because it is the most likely answer to be correct. Higher and lower answers have increasingly higher pay offs since they are riskier bets. Players bet their chips on which guess is the closest, without going over (what one might be tempted to call the “Price is Right” rule). Since you don’t have to bet on your own guess, the betting round is like an exercise in second guessing, only with more information. Like what each player is willing to bet on which answer – especially since you can bet on two different answers. As your opinion tends to undergo massive changes once you see what all of your friends think, winning Wits & Wagers becomes less a demonstration of what you know than of how well you know the people you’re playing with!
Designed by Dominic Crapuchettes, Wits & Wagers is a rare accomplishment – combining two ordinarily very different game concepts into something unique and uniquely playworthy.