January 4th is National Trivia Day, and you can add that fact to your trivia knowledge. What better time to celebrate games that embrace the many weird facts there are to know?
$15.99, 3-6 players, ages 10+, 30 minutes
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Have you ever considered that our minds are positively brimming with all sorts of random information? Soap brands, pop songs, sports teams…the list is endless! Normally, it’s easy to give an example of a dog breed, a frozen food, or a fairy tale character – but be warned; you’ll find that your brain works a little differently under pressure!
Anomia is simple. Players flip cards in turn until the symbols on two players’ cards match. Matching players must race to give an example of the category on their opponent’s card. Whoever blurts out a correct answer first wins their opponent’s card, and drawing continues. Sounds easy, right? Think again! Wild cards create unexpected matches, and face-offs can cascade when you lose a card, revealing a new match. Pay attention – it could be your turn at any time!
2-24 players, ages 12+, 90 minutes
Trivial Pursuit is the original trivia game, and now comes in a plethora of versions and editions. Players move their piece around the edge of the board in any direction they like, landing on colored squares representing different question categories. After correctly answering at least one question in each category, players may use the spokes to head to the center of the board, where they win the game. If you’re looking for an award-winning tried and true classic, let us help you find the perfect version of Trivial Pursuit for you.
$29.99, 3-12 players, ages 8+, 30-90 minutes
Invented by renowned game designer Richard Garfield, Hive Mind is a fresh new take on the trivia genre that doesn’t actually require you to know any trivia! Rather than attempt to answer questions correctly, you attempt to answer questions the way you believe the rest of the group will; you attempt to “bee alike.” For example, if you’re asked to name planets and three people in your group have Titan (a moon of Saturn) as one of their answers, each of you gets three points even though Titan isn’t actually a planet. Think enough like the other players to stay in the hive to win!
What games would you play to celebrate National Trivia Day?