Trivial Pursuit is a popular board game that usually inspires either great love or hated in most people who play it. From it’s first outing in 1982 the game has been released in many varied editions and in numerous countries throughout the world. Seen by some as one of the best board games around and others as tedious and boring, Trivial Pursuit is always sure to garnish some kind of response when it’s brought out at social events.
What is Trivial Pursuit?The premise of Trivial Pursuit is very simple. In order to win the game, you must succeed in answering as many questions correctly as possible and in doing so, obtain ‘wedges’ to fill out your own playing piece which is shaped like a pizza pie. As you move around the board, you’ll be asked questions from different categories dependent on which coloured space you land on in the game. In order to determine how many spaces you move around the board, you must roll a dice. A standard Trivial Pursuit game comes complete with board, question sets, dice, playing pieces and instructions.
Starting and Playing the GameAt the beginning of Trivial Pursuit, each player must choose a coloured piece to represent them and each person rolls the dice to see who gets the highest number. Whoever does get to go first and all players place their pieces in the centre of the board. The board looks like a wheel with spokes and players can travel in any direction on the board they wish, but all must start in the middle and finish in the middle.
Initially each player must move down one of the ‘spokes’ and out onto the ring around the board. This is where most of the play takes place and the categories here are marked by different colours. There are also 12 roll again spaces that allows any player who lands on it to have another go at the dice. The best spots to land on around the board are known as ‘headquarters’. There are six headquarters on the board, at the end of the spokes. These are where you can answer a question and obtain a coloured piece that is representative of that space. You can only add pieces to your pizza pie when you land on these spots. The categories in the original version of Trivial Pursuit are as follows:
- Geography – Blue
- Sports and Leisure – Orange
- History – Yellow
- Art and Literature – Brown
- Entertainment – Pink
- Science and Nature – Green