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About this project

With more than 40 awards and over a million copies sold, Wits & Wagers is one of the most beloved party games ever. Now we've made it better.

Wits & Wagers Epic Geek is the be-all, end-all version of our most popular game. Those who've never played before can jump right in with ease, and long-time players of the original game will discover a whole new experience. Read on...

All new questions about the epic stories we love such as Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Batman, Harry Potter, etc.

Stunning artwork: The back of each player board will feature gorgeous original art celebrating a geek genre. These illustrations are by some of the best artists in the industry. 

Special in-game powers: Each player has a unique in-game power that adds a layer of social interaction to the game. This is what makes this edition EPICALLY fun to play!
We've commissioned six of the industry's best artists to paint beautiful illustrations for the back of each HUGE 8" x 5" player board.  These illustrations commemorate geek genres that have grown large enough to break into the mainstream. Each player board comes with a unique in-game power that is thematic, balanced, and fun to play. 

NOTE: The questions in this game are not limited to the 6 following genres.  These are just the genres of the player boards and the in-game powers.

Back of the Sci-Fi genre player board.
Back of the Sci-Fi genre player board.
Front of the Sci-Fi genre player board.
Front of the Sci-Fi genre player board.

Artist - Stephan Martiniere

In-Game Power - Space Pirate: Steal 2 chips from the winning player to give to the poorest player (of course, you keep one of the chips as a service fee just to keep operations running). 

This player board celebrates stories like Star Wars, The Terminator, Dune, Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek, etc. Here is a little video for your enjoyment:

Back of the Fantasy genre player board.
Back of the Fantasy genre player board.
Front of the Fantasy genre player board.
Front of the Fantasy genre player board.

ArtistsBoris Vallejo and Julie Bell

In-Game Power - Flame someone's bet! Once per game, the dragon may return someone's bet to the owner before the answer is revealed. (Note: none of the in-game powers can be used on the final question.)

This player board celebrates stories like Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, A Game of Thrones, etc.  Another little video for your enjoyment:

Back of the Vampire genre player board
Back of the Vampire genre player board
Front of the Vampire genre player board.
Front of the Vampire genre player board.

Artist - Winona Nelson

In-Game Power - Suck the winnings from your victims! Place a vampire token on someone's bet each round. If that bet wins, you get 2 chips from their winnings.

This player board celebrates stories like Dracula, True Blood, Buffy, Interview with a Vampire, etc. This one is old school: 


Preliminary sketch for the back of the Zombie genre player board
Preliminary sketch for the back of the Zombie genre player board

Artist - Echo Chernik

In-Game Power - Come back to life with 5 free chips anytime you go all-in and lose.

This player board celebrates stories like The Walking Dead, Army of Darkness, 28 Days Later, Dawn of the Dead, etc. Here is a little video for your enjoyment: 

Preliminary sketch for the back of the Superhero genre player board
Preliminary sketch for the back of the Superhero genre player board

ArtistAmanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti (final art coming soon...)

In-Game Power - Help the downtrodden! Place anyone else's bet on the winning answer (for which the mayor gives you 1 chip as a token of gratitude).

This player board celebrates stories like The Dark Knight, Spiderman, The Avengers, Superman, Hellboy etc. This is one of my favorite clips::  

Artist - Jon Kovalic (art coming soon...)

In-Game Power - The Wizard of Odds can switch any two odds before the answer is revealed.

This player board celebrates stories like The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Monty Python, The Princess Bride, Spinal Tap, etc.  Here is the sketch that inspired this whole project:

Community Chosen Genre  

A 7th player board will be added to the retail edition and the Kickstarter exclusive edition if we hit $250k in funding.  So start thinking about some fun genres and cool in-game powers!   

The stretch goals below are included in the Kickstarter Exclusive Wits & Wagers Epic Geek Edition ($51 pledge level and above), but NOT the Retail Edition ($42 pledge level). There is one exception: the 7th player board with betting tokens and special power ($250k) will be included in BOTH editions.  

This is only the beginning. We have a bunch of other great stretch goals lined up for you including all of the questions that come in Wits & Wagers Deluxe and Wits & Wagers Family. These additional stretch goals will get posted as soon as we've unlocked the current ones!

 The Dice Tower

 The Totally Rad Show

 Scott Nicholson

Wits & Wagers is a unique blend of S.W.A.G (Sophisticated Wild-Ass Guessing) and Las Vegas-style betting. Every player comes up with a wild guess about a question that no one is supposed to know the answer to. The guesses are placed face-up next to payout odds and then players bet on which guess they think is closest to the right answer. You can bet on your own guess, the guess of a friend, or just play the odds and hope to get lucky!

Wits & Wagers Family Edition on TableTop:

Wits & Wagers Standard Edition run-through by Watch it Played:

Risks and challenges

North Star Games has been publishing board games for over 10 years. We know what it takes to produce high quality board games in large quantities. We have top notch employees and fantastic customer service.

We've learned a lot with our two previous Kickstarter campaigns and will incorporate these improvements into this campaign. We're confident this will be our best run campaign to date. For example, in our last campaign, not everyone got their rewards at the same time due to the way we set up our distribution. We've taken steps to correct this issue as well as several others.

As ever, unforeseen manufacturing problems can arise. The chances are low in this case because we are working with the same manufacturer who has made Wits & Wagers for years.

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