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Gameplay in Brief:

Players move around the game board answering trivia questions in six categories, trying to earn one "pie piece" for each category. When their token is filled with all six colors, they move to the center and must answer one final question to be declared the winner.

Still being published in new editions today, Trivial Pursuit was an obsession for many in the 1980s. Countless trivia games have come and gone in subsequent years, but Trivial Pursuit continues to flourish.

The Basics:

For 2 to 6 players (more in teams), ages 12 and up. About 60 to 90 minutes per game.


Trivial Pursuit was designed by Chris Haney and Scott Abbot.


Trivial Pursuit was originally published in 1981 by Horn Abbot Ltd. It is now published by Hasbro.

Various Editions:

Just a few of the many editions of Trivial Pursuit include Genus I, Genus II, Genus III, Genus IV, Genus V, the Star Wars Classic Trilogy Edition, the 1990s Time Capsule Edition, the Lord of the Rings Movie Trilogy Edition, the Totally 80s Edition, the Saturday Night Live DVD Edition, the Book Lover's Edition, Trivial Pursuit Team, Trivial Pursuit Bet You Know It, and Trivial Pursuit Greatest Hits.


Trivial Pursuit won a 1990 Mensa Select Award, and was inducted into the Games magazine Hall of Fame.

Why Trivial Pursuit is Part of the Games Timeline:

Trivial Pursuit spawned an entire generation of trivia games and was the single defining game of the 1980s in mainstream America. Here are the other games I believe are the most culturally and historically significant games published since 1800.

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