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Trivial Pursuit Genus IV
Member Name: dirtyripper
Trivial Pursuit Genus IV
Advantages: very fun, challenging
Disadvantages: an outdated version
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:
Brown: Arts and Culture
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 Although on this edition the questions are rather outdated, and sometimes the answers on the back are were correct in 1996 but no longer are, it is possible to purchase packs of question cards fairly cheaply to avoid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.
Summary: Very fun board game although not the best edition to buy
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