Dec
15

Let’s play Wits & Wagers!

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If  you’ve been to our house in the past few weeks, you’ve probably been asked if you want to play Wits & Wagers.  We actually have Wits & Wagers Family, the family friendly version of the original game.  It was given to me, and several of my mates, by North Star Games, to review as part of The Old Schoolhouse (R) Homeschool crew.

Participation is suggested for ages 8+, with 3-10 players, singles or up to 5 teams.  Our current daily household is 9 and our youngest regular player is 6 years old.  We play teams and the 6 year old, with an older team mate, has just as much fun as the rest of us!  To win a game, which takes roughly 20-30 minutes, you have to be the first to get 15 points.  In case of a tie, the team with the youngest player wins.  One of the reasons our 6 y.o. thinks this is “the best game ever!”

This is a question and answer game, but…you don’t have to know the answer.  Another reason my 6 y.o. and I think this is “the best game ever!”  The game comes with 300 questions, 5 dry erase (answer) boards and 5 dry erase pens, 1 dry erase score board; 5 large and 5 small Meeples (wooden markers).

We are actually considering customizing our Meeples.

Basically, play goes like this:

  • A question is asked
  • Answers are known or guessed and written on an answer board
  • All answer boards are put in the center of the table
  • Meeples are used to mark which answer you think is correct or closest to the correct answer
  • Points are scored – 1 pt. for writing the winning guess – 1 pt. for placing a small Meeple on the winning answer board – 2 pts. for placing a large Meeple on the winning answer board
  • First person or team to accumulate 15 pts. wins the game!

Questions vary, but every answer is a number.  You might get, “How many different colors of Froot Loops are there?” or “In feet, how tall is the world’s largest IMAX movie screen?”  I happen to know there are 6 Froot Loop colors, but the IMAX  answer would be a total guess. I might not know the answers, but I can still win, if I choose the right answer or the one closest to it, without going over it.

Wits & Wagers Family game is $19.95, available from North Star Games, at BarnesandNoble.com, and other retail locations where board games are sold.

I have yet another reason why this is “the best game ever!”  It’s adaptability to our homeschool.  I can make up questions, with number answers, to correlate and reinforce any subject we are studying.

Learning is fun! and this game proves it.  Even if, I only use the 300 questions that come with Wits & Wagers Family it is impossible to not learn something every time we play.

Blessings,

This product was given to me, free of charge, in exchange, for my honest review, as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew. I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  The opinions expressed are my own.


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Comments

  1. I have six grandkids age 10 and under, and I came *this close* to buying this game at Christmas. Now I wish I had! I love your idea of making up questions to help teach facts about things with numbers.

  2. PK says:

    Kim,
    I have six grands, age 10 and under, too. Our newest was born on Christmas Eve day, 2010. Don’t you just love grand babies!
    I haven’t found that many games that fit our whole gang. Wits and Wagers allows everyone to play together and that means no pouty-because-you-think-I’m-too-little, young ones. 🙂
    Thanks for reading and commenting.
    Be blessed,
    PK

  3. My cousin recommended this blog and she was totally right keep up the fantastic work!

  4. Ender says:

    Hello,

    You may be more familiar with me from boardgamegeek.com, where I am a prolific reviewer posting under the handle EndersGame.

    This message is in regards to your article on Wits & Wagers Family:
    http://kneedeepingrace.com/2010/12/lets-play-wits-wagers/

    I’m pleased to see you review this excellent game. But it is come to my attention that you have reproduced a photo there that belongs to me and was taken by me. That particular image first appeared in my own review here:
    http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/517438/a-comprehensive-pictorial-overview-the-winning-wit
    The picture in question is this one:
    http://www.boardgamegeek.com/image/709022/wits-wagers-family

    My pictures posted on boardgamegeek.com are all copyright, and may only be used on that website. Not everyone is aware of this, but in fact this is the case for most photos posted on boardgamegeek (not only mine). They can only be used elsewhere if permission is asked from and granted by the photographer – which in this case is me. In this case I was not asked for permission.

    I do want to help out other gamers, so I am okay with you using one of my pictures, but only on the following conditions:
    1. That you attribute this photo to me, by writing the following under the image you have used:
    “Image courtesy of boardgamegeek.com user EndersGame”
    2. That you make “EndersGame” link back to my BGG profile:
    http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/37596/enders-reviews

    If you don’t find this acceptable, then please remove the image. Please let me know when you have either removed the image, or included proper attribution as requested.

    I look forward to hearing from you soon. And best wishes for your ongoing efforts with your blog! Wits & Wagers Family is a great game, and I’m glad you gave it some positive exposure.

    By all means please delete this message after reading it – I only posted a comment this way because using your contact form didn’t work, and I couldn’t find your email address.

    To other readers: I highly recommend this game!

    Kind regards,
    Ender

  5. PK says:

    Hey Ender –

    Thank you for such a polite comment addressing copyright infringement. I have removed your photo from my blog and I hope you will accept my apology for using it without your permission.

    I have several photos on my blog that I do not want used without my express written permission; so, I completely understand. In my defense, I absolutely did NOT know it was your photo. I obtained it from our company’s Photobucket account, believing it was put there by a crew member for everyone’s use. I know it has been taken off of the Photobucket account now, as well.

    I appreciate the information about my contact form and email address. I’m still rather new to blogging, but hopefully I will be able to rectify the problem, soon.

    Blessings,

    PK

  6. […] we introduced everyone to Wits and Wagers, another game by North Star Games that I got to play and review.  This year we are excited to share Say Anything Family.  There’s not a doubt in my mind […]

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