“Wits & Wagers”: Not Knowing Just Might Win You the Game

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The hardest part about playing a trivia board game with your kids is the sad fact that children aren’t very good at them. It’s not their fault. They haven’t had the years of life experience necessary to build a repertoire of useless facts. This can lead to some very frustrated children during your weekly game of Trivial Pursuit. Of course, they don’t know who was named MVP during the 1946 World Series. Why would they? You probably don’t either, for that matter, so don’t judge.

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What you really need in order to keep your kids entertained at the gaming table is a trivia game that you can win without knowing any of the answers. So here’s Wits & Wagers Family, the kid-friendly version of the popular Wits & Wagers game.

In Wits & Wagers Family, players take turns reading trivia questions that have numeric answers, like “How many full-time chefs work at the White House?” or “How many ounces of soda are consumed daily in the United States?” Each player then writes down what he or she thinks the answer is, and then all of the players place bets on which answer they think is closest to, but not exceeding the real answer. You can bet multiple times per round, allowing you to hedge against a wrong answer. Points are earned by making the closest guess and also by betting on the closest answer, so everyone has a chance to score, even if their answer is wrong.

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It’s a fun game that takes the stress out of trivia, while teaching your kids to not put all of their eggs in one basket.

Here’s a video of beloved gamer Wil Wheaton playing Wits & Wagers Family with a few friends:

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