I've gone back to the drawing board and created the following new 2 player variant for Wits & Wagers. I think this one works much better than the one I previously posted. I've also uploaded a nicely formatted version of this to the files section for ease of reading. Please let me know what you think!
Wits & Wagers for Two
Wits & Wagers variant for 2 players, v 2.0
In this variant, for each question one of the players will be the Bottom Player, meaning that he must try to guess the correct answer as closely as possible without going over. The other player will be the Top Player and must try to get as close as possible without going under the correct answer. Players will alternate Top and Bottom roles throughout the game.
Furthermore, after answers are revealed, each player will have the opportunity to change their answer, either increasing it in the case of the Bottom Player or decreasing it in the case of the Top Player. Doing so may improve the players’ chances of winning the question, but will also reduce their potential payout.
Players receive no chips to start. All bets placed on the board will always come from the bank. Once a player wins a chip, he can set it aside for scoring purposes.
Place the play mat between the two players. While the odds designations on the spaces will be used to describe the spaces, the odds listed will not be used for calculating payouts.
Deal 7 question cards to each player into a stack, question side up. Each player also gets 3 answer boards and a marker.
Randomly determine who will be the start player. This player will be the Bottom Player to begin, and the other player will be the Top Player.
A calculator may also be helpful for this variant.
The game will be played over the course of 7 rounds. Each round, each player will take a turn being the Bottom Player and read the question corresponding to the round number on the top card of his stack. The player who is not reading the question will be Top Player for that half of the round.
After final answers are determined, the winner, if any, receives his payout as described below. The Bottom Player discards his question card. The Top and Bottom players then switch roles, and the new Bottom player reads his question for the round. After final payouts for that question, the Bottom Player discards the question card and the game advances to the next round.
The game ends after 7 rounds. Thus, the full game will consist of 14 questions.
Place the chips for the upcoming question
Any chips remaining on the board from the previous question are returned to the bank. Then, each player places a chip stack equal in value to ($5 X round #) in the 4:1, 3:1, and 2:1 spaces on their left hand sides. Place a single stack chip equal in value to $10 x round # in the center 1:1 space. All of these chips come from the bank. Players never bet chips that they have already won. Also, the “The Correct Answer is Smaller Than….” Space is not used in this variant.
Optional: The current Top Player places a cube on top of each of his three chip stacks to remind him that he is the Top Player for the coming question.
Example: It is the first question of round 3. The Bottom Player places a $15 chip stack (a blue and a red chip) on the 4:1, 3:1, and 2:1 spaces on his left hand. The Top Player sitting across the table does the same and places a cube on top of each stack to help him remember that he needs to guess over the answer. $30 in chips is placed in the center 1:1 space.
Read the question and write answers
The Bottom Player reads the question on their top card corresponding to the round number. The timer is then flipped over, and each player must write their answer and place their answer card on the mat face-down by the time the timer expires (even if it is blank because they ran out of time). Each player will place these first answers in the 4:1 space on their left hand side.
When the timer expires, both cards are flipped over to reveal the answers, and the timer is immediately flipped to begin a new countdown.
Both players now have an opportunity to write down a second answer. The new answer must be higher than the previous answer for the Bottom Player and lower than the previous answer for the Top Player. Second answers must be placed face-down on the 3:1 space on the player’s left hand side before time expires. If a player wishes to lock in their previous answer, they write an X on their card.
When the timer expires, both second answer cards are flipped over to reveal the answers, and the timer is immediately flipped to begin a new countdown.
If one or both players wrote an X on their card, the question is resolved as described below.
If both players wrote new answers, then they may write a third answer or an X just as described above for the second answer. These cards are placed in each player’s left hand 2:1 space. After the third answers, the question is resolved.
If the card is blank because the player ran out of time, then the answer counts as infinity for the Top Player or negative infinity for the Bottom Player if it is the first answer, or counts as an X if it is a second or third answer.
Question resolution and payouts
The Bottom Player now reads the correct answer. The player whose newest answer is closest to the correct answer (without going over if the Bottom Player or under if the Top Player) wins the question.
The winning player takes all 3 chip stacks on their left hand 4:1, 3:1, and 2:1 spaces if they only gave one answer (their second card has an X). If they gave two answers (their third card has an X), then they take only the two stacks on their 3:1 and 2:1 spaces. If they gave three answers, they collect only the stack in their 2:1 space.
In addition, if the non-winning player passed the correct answer with their newest answer (went over if the non-winning player is Bottom or under if they are Top), the winning player also collects the chip stack in the center 1:1 space.
If both players went past (in their respective directions) the correct answer, then no one collects any chips for the question. If both players’ newest answers are equally close to the correct answer, both players win their respective payouts.
The Bottom Player then discards their question card, the Top Player and Bottom Player exchange roles, and the chips are set up for the next question.
The game ends after 7 rounds (14 questions). The player with the most money wins!
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