About this project
Vegas Wits & Wagers is an off-the-charts deluxe, limited-run expansion to Wits & Wagers Party.
It features a HUGE betting playmat that brings the excitement of Vegas into your living room. Think of it as a sneak peek into the next version of Wits & Wagers, which we plan to release nationwide in Fall 2018 as a replacement for both Wits & Wagers Party and the original Wits & Wagers.
How can one game replace two games, you ask? By combining the best of both into one game that does it better than either. To get the word out, we're offering a limited-edition, over-sized playmat at a highly subsidized cost (we won’t make a profit on this campaign). You can get everything you need to play Vegas Wits & Wagers through this Kickstarter.
Before we introduce Vegas Wits & Wagers, you should know what Wits & Wagers is.
Wits & Wagers is a party game we published in 2005. It was a hit, sold millions of copies, and became the most award-winning party game in history:
Wits & Wagers is a betting game masquerading as a trivia game. You don't need to know the answers to win, because you can win by betting (fake) money on other players' answers. This transforms the game into a high-rolling, push-your-luck nail-biter. Gameplay is simple as pie:
- Read a fun question...everyone writes down a guess.
- Place your bets...which guess is closest?
- Feeling confident? Bet on yourself.
- Think others know better? Bet on them.
- No idea? Bet on any guess and hope you get lucky.
After 12 years and thousands of plays, we've figured out how to make it better. A lot better:
Vegas Wits & Wagers improves what everyone loves about Wits & Wagers: the betting. The centerpiece is a stupid-big play mat:
Its size makes it a show-stopper. It will turn any gathering into a Vegas casino, everyone standing excitedly over the mat, praying for their bets to pay out. It has a powerful table presence and you'll see from the reviews below we're not the only ones who think so.
Compare it to the play mat for regular Wits & Wagers:
It's made of a luxurious, thick neoprene that's hard to damage. You can swaddle a medium sized dog in it when the need arises:
The size of the mat isn't the only cool thing about Vegas Wits & Wagers:
Cool Thing #1 - Wonderful Ways to Wager
The mat gives players options for betting that make the game feel particularly casino-ey.
Cool Thing #2 - Two Games for the Price of One
The mat's reverse side is the mat for Wits & Wagers Deluxe: you get two games for the price of one (Vegas and Deluxe).
Cool Thing #3 - New Questions
Every stretch goal in this campaign is a pack of specially-themed new questions. See the Stretch Goals for details.
Cool Thing #4 - Covers for Unused Betting Areas
The covers to make it super-clear where you can't bet (which varies with player count). The game is now drunk-proof.
We have a bunch stretch goals to unlock. Our lucky number. Every stretch goal is a specially-themed pack of new questions for the game. Here are the first 4:
Our own Bruce Voge III takes us on the Vegas grand tour:
You might be able to tell this next guy really likes the game.
Shipping charges are automatically added to your pledge at checkout
The prices listed above are for single copies. We've also added pledge levels that allow you to get two copies of Vegas Wits & Wagers ($50 pledge level), or two copies of Vegas with two copies of Wits & Wagers Party ($80 pledge level). For these levels, the shipping is doubled.
There's a way to save on shipping if you're in the US and you don't already own Wits & Wagers Party: pledge the $25 level, and then buy Wits & Wagers Party at your local Target (Target also offers the game online).
The estimated delivery date is November 2017, but bear in mind this is an estimate. And If you back the $40 level, your copies of Vegas Wits & Wagers and Wits & Wagers Party may arrive at separate times.
Why no international shipping?
Vegas Wits & Wagers is physically heavy, and ships in a large tube to keep the huge mat crease-free. The tube also requires that Vegas and Wits & Wagers Party must be shipped in separate packages and from separate locations. These factors make international shipping prohibitively expensive (as you can see from the table above, even getting these games to Canada costs more the games themselves). In addition, Wits & Wagers is a North American-centric game with many questions that only people in North America would have any idea about. These factors have lead us to decide to offer this game only to North American backers.
Vegas Wits & Wagers
- Enormous Honking Play Mat
- 30 poker chips, in $500 and $1000 denominations
- 7 Dry Erase Answer Boards
- 2 Elvis Betting Tokens
- 1 Dry Erase Pen
- 2 Betting Space Covers
- 1 Full-color Rules
- As many new trivia questions as we can unlock in the stretch goals
If you choose the pledge level that includes Wits & Wagers Party (you'll need it to play Vegas Wits & Wagers), you will also get:
Wits & Wagers Party
- 210 Questions
- 50 Poker Chips
- 6 Dry Erase Answer Boards
- 6 Dry Erase Pens 1 Permanent Answer Board (with a "1")
- 12 Betting Tokens (6 in $100 denominations, 6 in $200 denominations)
- 1 Full-color Rules
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Risks and challenges
North Star Games has been publishing board games for almost 15 years. We know what it takes to produce high quality board games in large quantities. We have top notch employees and fantastic customer service.
Our Kickstarter track record is already very good and we're only getting better. We've learned a lot from our campaigns and have incorporated all we've learned into this one. Since our last campaign we've also a hired a supply chain expert, who has been helping us to make even smarter choices.
As ever, unforeseen manufacturing problems can arise. The chances are low in this case because we're working with the same manufacturer who has made Wits & Wagers at high volumes for years, and we've already produced a small run of final-product copies of Vegas Wits, so we're certain we've gotten the product right. We just need to scale up, and that's what this campaign is for.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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