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David Wiens
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I bought Wits and Wagers last week after watching the 'Board Games with Scott' episode on it (thanks Scott!), but hadn't gotten the chance to try it out until tonight. A bunch of our friends got together for what will probably be the first of several summer parties, and after getting Apples to Apples out of the way (which is a perennial favorite with these people), I convinced them to give W&W a try. The description of the game had a fairly broad appeal. There were people who were wary of trivia games because they don't like looking stupid but who could be coaxed in because you don't really have to know the answers. There were also people who were interested because of the betting/gambling aspect and who were just sucked in by the casino vibe. But everyone across the spectrum really seemed to have a great time with the game.

The game is set up so that you are probably not going to know the answers to the questions. In fact, it would lose much of it's appeal if the answers were fairly well known. The betting mechanic wouldn't work with Trivial Pursuit, for example. One of the fun aspects of the game was reading the questions and giving everybody a chance to groan about how they have no idea what the answer is. I did make a slight mistake tonight during play in the second game when I decided to read the number 2 questions from all of the cards for that game. I didn't realize that many (all?) of the number 2 questions on the cards have to do with American History. So some of the players who weren't good at historical dates got a tad frustrated, but it's my bad, not the games. It was good though, because on the last hand, where you can bet 'all in', the girl who was the most obviously frustrated with the questions was the only person not to go all in. In other words, she was the only person left with money in front of her. We all placed our bets and the answer was revealed..and it turned out that nobody placed a bet on the correct answer, so we all lost our money and she ended up winning. I thought that was cool, because how can you dislike a game that you won? In the end, everybody commented on how fun the game was and how much they'd like to play again. I'm still undecided about whether I like the 'all in' rule at the end, or if I'd prefer an expanded but limited final bet. I dunno, for games like this, the ending mechanic is down the list of priorities anyway. Everyone had fun and that's what counts.
 
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I haven't gotten the game yet (but plan to!) but it seems to me that you just use one card top to bottom as 1 game, not questions from multiple cards.

Am I wrong?
 
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You can do that. The reason that I didn't is that I was playing as well as reading the cards and I didn't want to accidentally read the answers to future questions while looking for the answer to the current question. Obviously, if you're just the banker/question reader it's not a problem. What I'll probably do in the future is read question 1 from the first card, question 2 from the second card, etc..
 
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Mutombo wrote:
I haven't gotten the game yet (but plan to!) but it seems to me that you just use one card top to bottom as 1 game, not questions from multiple cards.

Am I wrong?


Our recommendation is to draw 7 cards at the beginning of the game and place them on the table. Draw the first card from the table and ask question #1 from it. Place it face down on the table when you are done with the question. Draw the second card and ask question #2 for the second question and place it face down on the table when you are done with the question. Continue in this manner for all 7 questions.

Then take the 7 question cards and place them in the back of the deck. If you follow this process, you will never get a repeat question until you have gone through all 700 of them.

Benefits:
- The Question Reader can play the game.
- You can count the used question cards if you forget what question number you are on.
- You will get a nice variety of questions (each question # has a specific category)
- You will never get a repeat question until you've used them all.

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Thanks Dominic. I'm hoping to pick this up soon, it's good to know.
 
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