Trivial Pursuit Editions

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Different Trivial Pursuit Editions

The makers of Trivial Pursuit have licensed dozens of editions and games to everyone from Saturday Night Live to The Lord of the Rings. Trivia lends itself to lots of different categories, not just the six main groups of questions in the Genus editions. You can come up with trivia questions about anything--specific books, TV shows, even other games and hobbies.

Other countries and nationalities have their own versions of Trivial Pursuit, and the game is also available in twenty-six different languages. You can play Trivial Pursuit in English, Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Polish, and a host of other languages--most of these "language" editions also have country specific Trivial Pursuit games and question cards to go with them. Obviously, the "History" category is going to be different for French players than for Japanese Trivial Pursuit fans.

Trivial Pursuit is one of the most popular board games in the world, and the benefit of having Trivial Pursuit in a specific edition goes both ways--Hasbro makes money by selling more board games, and the brand that's licensing the Trivial Pursuit names gets the benefit of an affiliation with a popular game.

Here is a look at different Trivial Pursuit editions and games.

Trivial Pursuit Baby Boomer Edition

The first new edition of Trivial Pursuit came out in 1981, the same year as the original Genus I edition. The game's popularity among the Baby Boomer generation made a game tailored to that population a no-brainer.

If you were born between 1949 and 1965, congratulations--you're a baby boomer. The questions in the Trivial Pursuit Baby Boomer Edition were made up of trivia that people born during this period were likely to be familiar with. Fewer questions about ancient history were in the cards, with questions about pop culture in America in the 50s, 60s, and 70s in their place.

The categories in this edition were TV, Nightly News, Stage & Screen, Publishing, Lives & Times, and RPM. RPM, for those not in the know, was made up of questions about records and music. The name is taken from the RPM speed of vinyl records.

Example questions:

"On the TV show 'Mister Ed', what was the occupation of Ed's owner?"

Architect

"Who was the first artist to keep The Beatles from the number one spot on the Billboard Chart?"

Englebert Humperdinck

"Name both actors that played Darren on 'Bewitched'."

Dick Sargeant and Dick York

Trivial Pursuit Junior

The first version of Trivial Pursuit Junior came out in 1982, just a year after the first Trivial Pursuit games hit the market. The questions in the original Genus edition were too hard for younger players, so Trivial Pursuit wasn't a good family game. The Trivial Pursuit Junior edition was a way of getting the whole family involved in the trivia fun.

The categories in Trivial Pursuit Junior are Fun, Nature, Every Day, Science, Stories & Songs, and Games. Just because the game is labeled "Junior" doesn't mean that the questions are easy. In fact, many parents find their own memory of school days and young people's trivia has faded over time. The game is actually a little bit frustrating for younger players, though children age 8 and up should be able to participate.

Example questions:

"What's the lowest prime number?"

2

"What's the most common last name in the world?"

Chang

"What's the largest internal organ in the human body?"

Liver (averages 3.5 pounds)

Trivial Pursuit The 1980's Edition

Released two years before the 1980s were actually over, the 1980's Edition of Trivial Pursuit was a kind of test run for Hasbro. Would decade-specific or even year-specific editions of Trivial Pursuit catch on?

The 1980's Edition tried to cash in on the spirit of nostalgia common among Baby Boomers and pretty much all Americans, a nostalgia that continues to this day. The categories were Entertainment, In the News, Personalities, Sports & Leisure, That's Life, and Wild Card. The "That's Life" category is a combination of a "News of the Weird" style series of questions about odd happenings in the 80s and other "Current Events."

Example questions:

"Whose 70th birthday concert did Whitney Houston sing at in London in 1988?"

Nelson Mandela

"In 1988, which city had the highest murder rate of any in the United States?"

Washington, DC

"Which dancing screen great was born in 1899 and died in 1987?"

Fred Astaire

Trivial Pursuit The TV Edition

Television is such a big part of American culture, an entire edition of Trivial Pursuit is dedicated to trivia about it. Trivial Pursuit the TV Edition is dedicated to all things Boob Tube, with questions in the following categories: Classics, Sitcoms, Drama, Kids & Games, Stars, and Wild Card. Trivial Pursuit TV Edition was the first special edition of Trivial Pursuit to be released as a "cards-only" version as well as a full game version. If you wanted, you could just buy the supplemental TV Edition cards and use the Trivial Pursuit board game you already own instead of buying a whole new board.

Example questions:

"Who was a cheerleader for the San Francisco 49ers before she became TV's Lois Lane?"

Teri Hatcher

"What TV cop badgered unwitting suspects with the line, "Just one more thing..."?"

Columbo

"What two cartoon mice attempt every night to take over the world from their cages in Acme Labs?"

Pinky and the Brain

Trivial Pursuit Star Wars Classic Trilogy

Star Wars is a major franchise--it is estimated that the Star Wars franchise has sold $9 billion in toys and other licensed products over the past twenty years, with retail revenue close to $1 billion in the next year alone. Star Wars has plenty of trivia hounds out there, people who know the ins and outs of every parsec of space in the Star Wars universe.

Trivial Pursuit was a natural fit for the Star Wars franchise--Star Wars fans tend to be nerdy and a little bit obsessive, and there's plenty of material to be presented on question and answer cards. Categories for Trivial Pursuit Star Wars Classic Trilogy are Characters, Weapons & Vehicles, History, Geography, Droids Creatures & Aliens, and Wild Card.

Example Star Wars Trivial Pursuit questions:

"What rank did Obi-Wan Kenobi achieve during the Clone Wars?"

General

"What weapon did Obi-Wan Kenobi describe as 'clumsy and random'?"

A blaster

"What is the first line spoken in the movie trilogy?"

"Did you hear that? They’ve shut down the main reactor, we’ll be destroyed for sure. This is madness." C-3PO

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