|Setup time||5 minutes|
|Playing time||90 minutes|
|Random chance||Medium - dice|
|Skills required||General knowledge, Popular culture|
Trivial Pursuit is a board game in which progress is determined by a player's ability to answer general knowledge and popular culture questions. Trivia (singular trivium) are unimportant (or "trivial" items especially of information Popular culture (or pop culture) is the Culture — patterns of human activity and the symbolic structures that give such activities significance and importance — A board game is a Game in which counters or pieces that are placed on removed from or moved across a "board" (a premarked surface usually specific to that game Trivia (singular trivium) are unimportant (or "trivial" items especially of information Popular culture (or pop culture) is the Culture — patterns of human activity and the symbolic structures that give such activities significance and importance — The game was created in 1979 by Scott Abbott, a sports editor for The Canadian Press, and Chris Haney, a photo editor for Montreal's The Gazette. Scott Abbott is the co-inventor of Trivial Pursuit along with Chris Haney who was a photo editor for the Montreal Gazette. The Canadian Press (often abbreviated as CP) is Canada 's national News agency established in 1917 as a vehicle to permit Canadian newspapers of the day The Gazette, often called the Montreal Gazette to avoid ambiguity is now the only English-language daily Newspaper published in Montreal, After finding pieces of their Scrabble game missing, they decided to create their own game. The verb "to scrabble" also means to scratch scramble or scrape about see Wiktionaryscrabble.  With the help of John Haney and Ed Werner, they completed development of the game, which was released in 1982. 
In North America, the game's popularity peaked in 1984, a year in which over 20 million games were sold. The rights to the game were licensed to Parker Brothers (now part of Hasbro) in 1988, after initially being turned down by the Virgin Group; in 2008, Hasbro bought out the rights in full, for US$80 million. Parker Brothers is a Toy and Game Manufacturer and Brand. Over nearly 115 years the company published more than 1800 games among their Hasbro ( is an American Toy company It is one of the largest toy makers in the world second only to the toy giant Mattel. Virgin Group Ltd is a branded Venture capital conglomerate of separately run companies that each use the Virgin brand of British business tycoon  As of 2004, nearly 88 million games had been sold in 26 countries and 17 languages. "MMIV" redirects here For the Modest Mouse album see " Baron von Bullshit Rides Again " Northern Plastics of Elroy, Wisconsin produced 30,000,000 games between 1983 and 1985. Elroy is a city in Juneau County, Wisconsin, United States, along the Baraboo River and at the east end of the Elroy-Sparta Bike Trail
Dozens of question sets have been released for the game. The question cards are organized into themes; for instance, in the standard Genus question set, questions in green deal with science and nature. Some question sets have been designed for younger players, and others for a specific time period or as promotional tie-ins (such as Star Wars, Saturday Night Live, and The Lord of the Rings movies). Promotion involves disseminating information about a product, Product line, Brand, or company Star Wars is an epic Space opera franchise initially conceived by George Lucas during the 1970s and significantly expanded Saturday Night Live ( SNL) is a weekly late-night 90-minute American Sketch comedy / Variety show based in New York City The Lord of the Rings is an epic
The object of the game is to move around the board by correctly answering quiz questions. Questions are split into six categories, with each one having its own color to identify it; in the classic version of trivial pursuit these are Geography (blue), Entertainment (pink), History (yellow), Arts & Literature (brown), Science & Nature (green), and Sports & Leisure (orange). The game includes a board, playing pieces, question cards and a box and small plastic wedges to fit into the playing pieces.
Playing pieces used in trivial pursuit are round and divided into six sections. A small, plastic wedge can be placed into each of these sections to signify when a question from a certain category has been correctly answered. Any number of playing pieces may occupy the same space at the same time. The pieces resemble pie slices that fit into a circular piece to make a pie.
During the game, players move their playing pieces around a track which is shaped like a wheel with six spokes. This track is divided into spaces of different colours, and the centre of the board is a hexagonal shape. At the end of each spoke is a 'category headquarters' space. When a player's counter lands on a square, the player answers a question according to the color of the square, which corresponds to one of the six question categories. If the player answers this question correctly their turn continues; if the player's piece was on one of the category headquarters spaces, they collect a small wedge of the same colour, which fits into their playing piece. Some spaces say 'roll again' giving an extra roll of the die to the player which has landed there.
Questions are written on cards. There are six questions on each card, one from each category. The answers to the questions are on the back of the cards. These cards are in turn stored inside a small box.
Once a player has collected one wedge of each color to fill up their playing piece, they make their way toward the hexagonal hub and answer a question in a question category selected by the other players. If this question is answered correctly then that player has won the game. Otherwise the player must leave the centre of the board and try again on their next turn.
Extra sets of cards with new questions can be purchased separately in order to enhance the game. Special versions of the game have also been made for different players, for example with easier questions for younger players, and numerous special editions are available with questions on certain popular subjects. Examples are the 'Star Wars' and 'Lord of the Rings' editions.
Over the years, numerous editions of Trivial Pursuit have been produced, usually specializing in various fields. This is a list of Trivial Pursuit editions. See also Trivial Pursuit Master game sets Trivial Pursuit Master Game - Genus The original version is known as the Genus edition (or Genus I). Several other general knowledge editions(such as Genus II) have followed.
In October 1984, Fred L. Worth, author of The Trivia Encyclopedia, Super Trivia, and Super Trivia II, filed a $300 million lawsuit against the distributors of Trivial Pursuit. The Trivia Encyclopedia (ISBN 0-441-82412-9 was first released in the early 1970s He claimed that more than a quarter of the questions in the game's Genus Edition had been taken from his books, even to the point of reproducing typographical errors and deliberately placed misinformation. Fictitious entries, also known as fake entries, Mountweazels, and Nihilartikels, are deliberately incorrect entries or articles in reference works such One of the questions in Trivial Pursuit was "What was Columbo's first name?" with the answer "Philip". That information had been fabricated by Worth and placed in his book to catch anyone who might try to violate his copyright. 'Copyright infringement' (or copyright violation) is the unauthorized use of material that is covered by Copyright law in a manner that violates
The inventors of Trivial Pursuit acknowledged that Worth's books were among their sources, but argued that this was not improper and that facts are not protected by copyright. The district court judge agreed, ruling in favor of the Trivial Pursuit inventors. The decision was appealed, and in September 1987 the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in California upheld the ruling. The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit is a federal court with Appellate jurisdiction over the district courts in the following districts California ( is a US state on the West Coast of the United States, along the Pacific Ocean. The issue was taken to the Supreme Court of the United States, which rejected Worth's arguments in March 1988. The Supreme Court of the United States is the highest judicial body in the United States and leads the federal judiciary.
In 1994, David Wall of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, launched a lawsuit against the game's creators. He claimed that in the fall of 1979, he and a friend were hitchhiking near Sydney, Nova Scotia, when they were picked up by Chris Haney. See also Sidney Sydney (2001 population 24115 is an urban community in Nova Scotia, Canada 's Wall claimed that he told Haney about his idea for the game in detail, including the shape of the markers.
Wall's mother testified she found drawings of his that looked like plans for a Trivial Pursuit-like game, but the drawings had since been destroyed. Wall's friend, who was allegedly hitchhiking with him that day, never testified. Haney said he never met Wall.
Over the years, there was much legal wrangling, notably around whether the suit should be decided by a judge or jury. On June 25, 2007, the Nova Scotia Supreme Court ruled against Wall. Events 524 - Battle of Vézeronce, the Franks defeat the Burgundians Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. The Nova Scotia Supreme Court is a Superior court in the province of Nova Scotia. 
In the United Kingdom, Trivial Pursuit players have complained that recent versions of the game are dumbed down in comparison to previous editions, with easier questions and more focus on celebrities and show business. The term "dumb-down" was coined by Ken E Smith of Colorado according to the Oxford English Dictionary, which has the official definition of the term as used by Mr  In addition, some long time players in the U. S. have complained that recent editions promote commercial products, with questions such as, "Who was the first pizza delivery outfit to promise your order in 30 minutes?" (from the Genus III edition).
A version of Trivial Pursuit hosted by Wink Martindale aired on The Family Channel in the United States from 1993 to 1995. Trivial Pursuit is a game show loosely based on the board game of the same name. Winston Conrad "Wink" Martindale (born December 4, 1934, Jackson, Tennessee) is a Disc jockey and Television ABC Family is an American Cable television network currently owned by Disney-ABC Television Group, a division of The Walt Disney Company The United States of America —commonly referred to as the A syndicated version of the show entitled Trivial Pursuit: America Plays is under development for a planned launch in fall 2008. In Broadcasting, syndication is the sale of the right to broadcast Radio shows and Television shows to multiple individual stations without going through Trivial Pursuit: America Plays starts September 22, 2008, with Mark L. Walberg as the host. Mark Lewis Walberg (born August 31, 1962 in Florence, South Carolina) is a Jewish-American Actor, Television A total of 175 half-hour episodes have been ordered for the first season. 
BBC Television produced a Trivial Pursuit game show based on the game in the UK hosted by Rory McGrath. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located Patrick Rory McGrath (born 17 March 1956 is a British comedian Another British version (with slightly different rules) was hosted on The Family Channel (now Challenge) by Tony Slattery. Challenge is a British digital TV channel owned by Virgin Media Television. Anthony Declan James Slattery (born 9 November 1959) is an English Actor. Birgit Lechtermann hosted a version for VOX in Germany from 1993 to 1994. VOX is a German Television channel, headquartered in Cologne and part of the RTL Group, Europe's largest TV radio and production company Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany ( ˈbʊndəsʁepuˌbliːk ˈdɔʏtʃlant is a Country in Central Europe.
In 1988, a made-for-television movie entitled Breaking all the Rules: The Creation of Trivial Pursuit was aired. Treated largely as a comedy, the movie featured the music of Ginette McLeod and portrayed the creators of the game as three beer-loving Canadians.
In September 2004, Roger Lodge hosted a sports trivia game show on ESPN based on Trivial Pursuit. Roger Allen Lodge, (born Rogelio Chavez on March 12, 1960 in Fontana California and raised in Cerritos California) is an American ESPN, originally an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American Cable television network dedicated to Called ESPN Trivial Pursuit, it lasted five episodes.
The game is sometimes incorrectly called "Trivial Pursuits". This common mistake is illustrated in the "Jolly Boys' Outing" episode of Only Fools and Horses, in which Del Boy refers to the game by this name, despite the other characters using its correct name. The Jolly Boys' Outing is the eighth Christmas special episode of the BBC Sit-com, Only Fools and Horses, first screened on Only Fools and Horses is a British Television sitcom, created and written by John Sullivan, and made and broadcast by the BBC } Derek Edward Trotter (born July 12, 1948 in Deptford) more commonly known as "Del Boy", is the fictional lead character in the popular
In Spain, a version of the show called Trivial Pursuit: Spain Plays will premiere in September 2008 on Antena 3. Spain () or the Kingdom of Spain (Reino de España is a country located mostly in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula. Antena 3 de Television SA, ( is a Spanish television network and media company present in the Television, Radio and cinema industries The Spanish version will have hourlong episodes.