Wits & Wagers Party is a game designed by Dominic Crapuchettes, published by North Star Games, LLC. It is for 3-18 players. In this game, players will be answering questions and placing their bets on the best answer. The player or team that can make the best decisions will be declared the winner(s).
To begin, players will divide up into 3 – 6 teams ranging from 1 to 3 players per team. Each team will be given a dry erase pen, answer board and 2 betting tokens of the same color. The #1 Elvis Impersonator answer board is placed in the center of the play area with the “Pays Double” side down. The question cards are shuffled together. One player is chosen to be the question reader. They are given 7 question cards. One player is chosen to be the banker. The poker chips are placed next to them. Play can now begin.
The game takes place over 7 rounds. Each round the question reader will read the top question from 1 of the 7 cards they have. Each team will then write a guess on their answer board and place it face down on the table. Once everyone has placed their boards, they are all flipped over and sorted from smallest to largest starting with the #1 Elvis board. Teams will then place their betting tokens on the answer board that they think is the closest to the correct answer without going over. They can place both on one board or may split the tokens between two boards. Once teams have placed both of their tokens, the question card is flipped over and the answer is read aloud. The closest answer without going over is the winner. 1 Poker chips is given to the team that wrote the guess and for each betting token that was placed on the winning guess. All betting tokens are taken back and the answer boards are then erased. The next question card is read aloud. This continues each round until the 7th question. In the 7th round, teams can increase their bets with the poker chips they’ve collected over the previous rounds. Any amount of chips may be used. These will pay out the same as betting tokens at a 1 for 1 ratio. At the end of the 7th round, the team with the most poker chips wins.
This game is a party in a box. The question cards look really neat and have really fun questions that are great for non gamers. The different answer boards have really great artwork which is something that drew me to this game in the first place. The betting tokens have artwork on them that connects them with their answer boards, such as the pink bride tokens have a floral bouquet that is the same as on the answer board. The dry erase markers write really well on the boards and come off easily as well. The poker chips are really nice and well crafted as well. All in all, I really like the components of this game and think that they are appropriately themed for a party game.
9 out of 10
The rulebook for this game is really nice. Just like other North Star Games rulebooks, this one has more pages than needed to give you the rules. Most of the book is filled with ads for other games. Just like in their other games, the rulebook has a page of history behind the game designer that is really intriguing and a nice touch. There is a lot of really neat looking art throughout the book. The rules are really easy to read and understand. There is even a section of optional house rules for making the game a little more strategic and fun. Just like other games from this company, the rulebook is really nice.
9 out of 10
This game is a lot of fun. The old saying holds true here, “the more, the merrier”. The more people you have playing this one, the more fun everyone will have. The questions are a lot of fun, but the betting part really seems to be the highlight of the game. I really get a kick out of the laughter and the groans of agony as someone bet on the wrong answer. It’s like a little bit of Vegas but with a really fun twist.
9 out of 10
Wits & Wagers Party is a light party game of answering questions and betting on the right answers. It doesn’t take a very long time to play, usually about 25-30 minutes. If people spend too much time thinking or laughing at the other players, it might take a little bit longer. The game is really fun and is great for a large group of people. You can enjoy it with only a few people but it’s really better with more players. The artwork is really neat and somewhat silly. I really like it. There’s a lot of good clean fun to be had with this game. I highly recommend this game especially for lots of players. It’s really simple to learn and play. Place your bets on this one and you’ll be sure to get a winner every time.
9 out of 10
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