So, are you having a large group of friends over for a party, and want a game that won’t take forever to explain the rules? Well, then Wits & Wagers is a good choice for you. You might say “well my friends and I aren’t big fans of trivia games, so this game isn’t a good choice for us”. In reality though it’s not all that much of a trivia game in the classical sense, so you are still likely to have your guests enjoy playing this game. It’s worth giving it a shot.
The game includes a playing board, voting chips (2 per player), 7 erase boards to write answers on, and poker chips to serve as the bank. You will notice the game board has odds on it, this adds a nice twist to the game. Not only do you score for guessing the right answer, but you also score for betting on the right answer. Of course if you bet incorrectly you lose your bet though.
On any turn, it starts with somebody reading a question. These questions are not your average trivia questions. They are all ones that require numerical answers that nobody would probably know the answer to it. As an example (this isn’t a real question from the game), a question could be “How many beers did Norm drink during the entire run of the series Cheers?”. Everyone would then write down their guess and the cards are then set out on the game board after everyone writes down their answers. The 1-1 odds is used for the answer that is in the middle of the range of answers. Then you put the higher answers on the odds to one side of 1-1 and the lower on the other side, going each direction from closest to the middle answer to the furthest away.
After laying out the answers, everyone has the option to bet. Each player has two 5 point pieces. They can put both their pieces on the same answer or split them for two answers. They can also decide either just to vote with 5 points or not vote at all if they really don’t want to. The correct answer to the question is the answer that is the closest without going over (just like the Price Is Right television game show). There is also a space to bet on if you think everyone answered above the true answer. Once the correct answer is revealed, the player that gave that answer gets 10 points. Then anyone that voted for the correct answer is paid out based on the odds for the winning answer. Anyone that bet incorrectly loses their bet.
This game last for seven rounds according to the rules, but you can adjust that if you wish. As was mentioned above there are 7 voting sheets, so this allows seven people to play. If you have more people you can divide up into teams. This is a great game for a casual game playing group. Odds are nobody is going to know the true answers when they hear the question so it eliminates the chances of the “know it all” in your group winning every time.
On average a game of Wits & Wagers takes just under half an hour to play. It’s not likely to cause any fights, and might start some interesting conversations. For right around $20 it’s worth buying at full price, but don’t forget to check sites that sell used games or discounted ones, you might save $5 or so on it.