What are the rules of the Trivial Pursuit

Trivial Pursuit

Probably the most famous quiz game of all time is Trivial Pursuit. It was invented in 1979 by friends Scott Abbott and Chris Haney in the USA. Hasbro has been selling it very successfully since 1988. The game has now been sold well over 90 million times in 33 countries and 19 languages.

Trivial Pursuit Rules & Game Instructions

The many expansions and different variants increase the fun of the game constantly. The game is designed for 2 - 6 players and, depending on the edition, suitable for ages 6 or 12.

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How to play

There is a “6-spoke wheel” on the board. The middle is the starting field. All players start there first. The corner points of the “spokes” are the fields on which the players can receive their knowledge stones (purtings). The aim is to be the first to collect all six purtings.

At the beginning of the round, the player who starts the game is rolled. As with most games, the game is played clockwise. Now everyone tries to fill their game piece with the coveted pursuits as quickly as possible. There are various fields to be overcome. If the player hits a colored field, he must answer a question about the field color. If this is correct, he may roll the dice again. If he answers incorrectly, however, it is next in line. In a white field you can roll the dice again.

In the standard version there are the following categories:

  • Orange - sport and fun
  • Braun - art and literature
  • Green - science and technology
  • Blue - geography
  • Pink - entertainment
  • Yellow - story

If the first player has now filled his wheel of knowledge with all the pursuits, he must go back to the middle and answer a question about the category of his last stone. If he got them right, he won the game. If he answers this incorrectly, however, he has to try again to reach midfield in order to answer a category previously selected by his teammates.

Game content Trivial Pursuit

  • 1 game board
  • 6 knowledge wheels
  • 36 pursiuts
  • 6000 questions
  • 1 cube
  • 1 set of instructions

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