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      29.07.2011 15:22

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      Very fun board game although not the best edition to buy

      Trivial Pursuit is a classic board game from the 1980s which has frequently been revised over the years. The Genus IV edition is from 1996 and is very much the same as the original game although the questions have been updated to be more in touch with modern culture. There have been many editions since this one, but this is the one I own so that is the reason I'm choosing this one to write about.

      The rules of trivial pursuit are as follows. The player moves round the circular board and may land on squares of different colours. The colours relate to the category of questions that the player might be asked, and if a player answers correctly they may move on. Each player uses as their counter a plastic pie piece with 6 slots in to fit 6 different coloured pie pieces. For each category, there is one pie square on the board, and if they get this question right, they get to put the corresponding pie piece in their plastic pie. Once the player has obtained all the pie pieces they must get their counter back to the centre of the board and must then answer a question, the category of which is decided by the other players. When the player has answered this correctly, he has won.

      The 5 categories of question are:

      Blue: Geography
      Yellow: History
      Brown: Arts and Culture
      Green: Science
      Orange: Sport
      Pink: Entertainment

      There are also "roll again" squares on the board.

      This game is great fun for social occasions such as Christmas and New Years Eve when family and friends get together. When I play with my family it is always a very competitive affair and we all have great fun playing. Although on this edition the questions are rather outdated, and sometimes the answers on the back are were correct in 1996 but no longer are, it is possible to purchase packs of question cards fairly cheaply to avoid this problem. The time it takes to finish a game depends on the number of people playing and how seriously you are taking it, but I find the time it takes for someone to win is generally between 30 minutes and an hour. It is a game I really enjoy because I like to be challenged - the questions are often hard - and it is always very enjoyable to play and really brings every one together.

      It comes with a cardboard board which folds out, a dice, 6 pies and 36 pie pieces, question cards (easy and hard), 2 question card holders, and instructions. It is for 2 to 6 players, although players can work in teams, and is recommended for people over the age of 15.

      This edition can now be purchased fairly cheaply online (between £10 and £15 depending on the site), although I would recommend a more recent version so that you don't have to go out and buy extra question cards.

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      06.11.2009 00:06
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      Great for New Years Eve

      Intro

      This is a classical game for the intelligent one, with questions about common knowledge as well as uncommon and popular culture. It is not a game for kids or young teens but for adults on a Saturday night with friends or family.

      The Game

      The object of the game is to collect all the pieces of coloured triangles and then return to the middle where a last question from one of the categories is asked by other team members. There is a dice which you use for moving and a game piece where you put your triangles in. The triangles are coloured after the different categories; Geography (blue), Entertainment (pink), History (yellow), Arts & Literature (brown), Science & Nature (green), and Sports & Leisure (orange).

      Opinion

      I am, in my opinion, quite clever therefore I enjoy Trivial Pursuit very much though it challenges my intellect and when I get a question right it makes me happy. Playing this with my family, who are between 20 and 47, is perfect. We usually play teams which is an advantage due to fact that everyone knows different things. Playing by yourself is perfectly fine but I find it more enjoyable when I am in a team of 2 or 3 players.
      If you are more than 4 teams it can take quite a long time which can conclude with someone quitting or loose interest. Trivial Pursuit already takes long time to play but the rules are easy and the more in one team the easier the questions seems to be.

      On the board there is only one square for each colour where you can win a triangle. This rule can make the duration of the game longer so my family and I usually say that whenever you answer a question correctly you get a triangle in your game piece.

      Conclusion

      This is a game for adults and not for teens and kids. There are however different editions of Trivial Pursuit, such as; Family edition and Junior edition. But this specific one I recommend to be at least 18 years.

      I enjoy playing this game but not everyday or every week but maybe on a birthday or new years eve when you have time to play and are a group of 4 or more people.

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        06.10.2001 04:35
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        I remember my mum and dad playing this since, well, since I was very little. We finally went out and bought a board a couple of months ago. The idea of the game is to answer six correct questions, each from a different category. For each correct answer, when you've landed on a "cheese" question, you get a "cheese", funnily enough :-) The categories are: History (yellow cheese), Sport and Leisure (orange), Entertainment (pink), Geography (blue), Science and Nature (green) and Art and Literature (brown). You work your way around the cirle on the board, answering as many questions as you can. When you have all six cheeses you try to get to the middle of the board, where you're asked a random question. Answer this random question correctly and you win, answer it incorrectly and you have to work your way back to the middle again. It's fairly expensive, but then what board game isn't anymore? You used to be able to buy extra question sets, but now you have to buy a whole new board game. I assume that this is to make more money, but I certainly won't go out and buy a whole game, just for the questions, as I'm sure pleny of others won't. If however you could buy the questions seperately I'd have the whole set by now! This is surely something that needs to be considered by the makers (MB), even if they were to charge a seemingly exorbitant price, say a tenner for each extra set, it would be worth it. We've played the game several times over the last few weeks, with friends, with family and just against each other. The questions do seem a little bit easier than I remember, not because I'm older, because the questions in my mums set still seem a lot harder, unless my general knowledge has tripled fairly recently! Another thing is that there used to be six places between each cheese question, therefore rendering it absolutely impossible, unless you were to cheat, t
        o land on another cheese question after answering one correctly. There are now just five, and although it does make the game a little quicker (which is sometimes needed...) it does take away a little of the challenge. But nevermind, still a great buy all the same. The absolute best time to play it is boys v girls, after a nice meal and a few drinkies... It certainly beats conversation with some people, and encourages good conversation from those you like to hear talking! One down side can be the length of time it can take to play (anything between 30 mins to 2 1/2 hours so far!), especially if you've had a skinful, but then if you've got all night why not?! It's great :-)

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          26.06.2001 03:52
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          I have been a fan of Trivial Pursuit ever since it first came out and I still have my old dark blue box which is regularly used. I always thought TP was an expensive game, but boy did they know how to milk it. They had this subtle ploy, don't put the price up, just cut down the number of questions. Would those of you who have not been with TP since it first came out be surprised to know that they have actually reduced the number of questions by SIXTY percent since Genus I? The old blue box which I have has 6000 questions, now you only get 2400 and those novelty ones they bring out like Disney, Millennium etc only have 1800, rip off after rip off. The way the game was first marketed had a lot of other advantages over the game as it stands now. First of all, they sold extra card sets. Some of these were extra questions to be used with the standard game, but some of them were like a game within a game. For example, they had an RPM card set which was all music questions, in six different categories, also a sports one and an entertainment one. I don't think they did the other main subjects. The second card set I bought was basically a completely new game, based on the original TP board. It was called Baby Boomer and had questions aimed at the fortysomethings with politics, news, music etc from the 60s. I still think that is one of the best supplementary TP sets there was and I still occasionally play it. I also have the family edition, even if I did wince at the price and the number of questions. One comment on another op about TP was how folk needed to be brainboxes to answer, well I find most of the children's questions are beyond my intelligent 12 year old who passed his 11+. Which brings me to genus IV, the whole point of this op. Why change a winning formula, as another opinion stated. Do we really need a "quick game" format? In our house we used to play a quick game format by ignoring the r
          ule about answering the last question in the middle, as that is often the most time-consuming part of one of our games. The idea of having the quick jump to "wedge" squares ruins the new game for me, as does the fact that there are only six spaces instead of seven between the wedges. One of our complaints now about playing the old game is how out of date the questions are. We have now got round this by using the Genus IV questions on the Genus I board. Trivial Pursuit is still a damned good game and we regularly play it with friends, sad anoraks that we are. We find it goes down very well at the end of a nice dinner washed down by several bottles of wine, even the wrong answers are fun then!

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            05.06.2001 21:53

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            Trivial Pursuit is the typical party game. The basic idea of the games is that you have to move about a board answering trivia qusetions on a selection of topics. As you go you collects parts of a pie, and when you have a full pie you go back to the centre of the board, answer one last question correctly and win the game. While this is happening everyone else playing the game is trying to do the same thing. You can play with just two people, but you have more fun if you have a couple of teams, each with a few people in. You should try and get the groups balanced fairly well, so that every group has a fair chance of answering their questions. It also works really well at parties - not drunken student parties but the sligtly classier family style of parties - wiping vomit of the board is just no fun at all, trust me :-) The biggest problem is that after a while you`ll sart to get some questions repeated. This is bad, since once you`ve been the qustion you`ll know the answer and then the game isn`t anywhere near as much fun. If this happens then just go out and buy some more questions for the game - you can buy the questions in addition packs.

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            11.05.2001 06:01
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            Hmm, I'm not sure which version(s) I've played so this may be in the wrong place! I've played Trivial Pursuit (fairly old version) at a friends house before and as a Trivia lover I found it very absorbing and enjoyable although very frustrating if you get a category which is just not your subject! Questions have to be answered in categories of Literature (brown), Entertainment(pink), Sport (ornage), Geography (blue), Science & Nature (green) and History (yellow) - there's no avoiding any subject because to win you have to answer correctly to received a 'wedge' in each colour (category). Sport is my nightmare for me !! The game is for 2 to 6 players although I've only ever played it with two. It's fun but I warn you - it can go on forever if you're stuck on that last subject which you are hopeless at! What I found amusing is, during my recent holiday in Canada, I ended up playing the American edition for the first time so many questions - sport and history particularly - focused on the American sports so I was even more hopeless!! It was all Greek to me!! We often had to resort to "cheating" or being very lenient with each other to allow the game to near an end. Despite that it was still fun, absorbing and educational - a treat for those who love expanding their knowledge of trivia!

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              27.02.2001 03:24
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              Trivial Pursuit is a classic, Q and A type game. It's renound for it's challenging questions and 'bits of cheese', let me explain. The game can be played as individuals or teams. Each player or team has a token that they move around the board using dice to allocated the number of moves. Each space is allocated a category, there are 6 categories namely: 1) Geography 2) Entertainment 3) History 4) Art and Literature 5) Science and Nature 6) Sports and Leisure If you land on a geography space, you are asked a question on geography and so on. There are 6 squares on the board, representing each category, that are special in that if you answer the question correctly, you are awarded a bit of plastic to fit in your token (that looks like a bit of cheese). The object of the game is to collect all the bits of cheese and get to the middle of the board and answer a question (category selected by the opposition) to win the game. I personally think the board game is boring and very fiddly. My family and I have developed an easier way to play it. Basically you sit everyone in a circle (round a table or whatever) and hand each person 3 cards (6 questions on each). Each person in turn asks the person to their left a quesion from the card. If they get it right they are awarded 3 points, if they don't get it right it can be offered to the next person for 2 points and the next for one point. Understand? easy really. The winner is the one with the most points at the end of game. It's much easier to play that way. All in all, the questions are very good. Some of which are very hard, but a question is only hard if you don't know the answer! As I explained above, you can use the questions in whatever way you like. Afterall, you pay for the questions, the board and bits of plastic are simply accessories. My advice is to buy the questions seperately and devise your own game! <
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              27.10.2000 20:50
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              I have owned trivial pursuit since 1985 when I was 9. I have always really enjoyed playing it as my family, partner and I are all into general knowledge quizzes. I also bought an updated version about 4 years ago with more up to date questions (replacing ones like Who won the UK Indoor Bowls Championship in 1960!) but which kept the original format and questions. I recently bought my sister the most recent version of trivial pursuit for her 21st birthday. We were both not that impressed. Although the updated board and cute "wedge" shaped question card holders were nice, there were less questions provided with the game, about 1/4 of what you got with the original Trivial Pursuit. This means if you play the game often you soon come round to repeating questions and the game becomes useless. Also they have changed the board so it is much easier to land on a "wedge" space, this impaired our playing pleasure, as it meant less questions were asked and we had less fun trying to think of the answers. I think Trivial Pursuit should go back to its old game board format and put more questions in with the games, instead of trying to rip people off.

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                17.10.2000 01:35

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                Trivial persuit is most definitely a game for the intelligent - it is incredibly difficult and I think the game actually recommends that under 10/12s will find the game a struggle. Personally I think the game was good - it was a good general knowledge - with different subject areas type of game. If I remember correctly the catergories were Science, Geography, Entertainment, Art/Leisure, Sport and History. I was Never particularly good at the game, but I think it is a bit of a bore to play quite honestly, and i wouldn't play it in the near future. I think the game was well thought up, but more for the brainboxes among us.

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                14.08.2000 03:59
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                Trivial Pursuit is simply the best trivia type game on the market.It has been around for as long as I have, and will no doubt continue to be around for many years to come. This particular version called genus IV seems a lot easier than past versions, which can certainly build up your confidence,but it presents less of a challenge to Trivial Pursuit experts.I use to play the original version all the time with my family. A friend of mine has the genus edition and i play it with them and plan on getting it myself now. The original version is different to Genus as you can tell. The original Trivial Pursuit is playing two to six players. Players take turns moving their pie shaped piece around the board and answering questions in six categories. Traditionally the categories have been Geography, History, Entertainment, Science and Nature, Arts and Literature, and Sports and Leisure. With Genus IV, and other types of Trivial Pursuits as well, the categories are changed a bit. The winner is the first person to answer a question right from each of the categories after having landed on a certain space. The game usually lasts somewhere between thirty minutes and an hour and a half depending on the trivia knowledge of the group with which you are playing. The genus version is different as far as the categories go, usually the new blue- people and places - is a bit easier than geography was in the older versions. It often includes questions about culture in addition to the standard geography questions. Wild Card usually is quite easy and includes mostly pop questions from subjects ranging from Coke to MTV. History is pretty much the same, but I feel that the difficulty of the questions has been taken down a notch. Sports is pretty much the same, although I think the percentage of Sports over leisure has been increased a bit. In all, I feel that the questions are much easier. I recently played the origin
                al version,and had a much harder time answering questions. Of course, that version was made in another era,but even the history questions seemed a lot harder. If you've never played Trivial Pursuit, go out and buy it now if you like trivia at all. As I mentioned, the questions are a bit easier, but it just makes the games quicker and not taking away any of the fun. The game will cost you £29.99 and is from most toy shops. It is by MB again another good game from this manufacturer.

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