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Celebrate two decades of Trivial Pursuit with this special edition of the world's best loved question and answer game. All questions are based on events and culture from the last 20 years. Categories include Global View, Sound & Screen, News, Written Word, Innovations, and Game Time. Game features include these 6 new question categories, special wedge holders, foil effect board and pack. Discover what you can, or perhaps cannot, remember about the last 20 years, all in one game!
Game Of The Year 2005
Trivial Pursuit 20th Anniversary Edition scooped the prestigious title of British Association of Toy Retailers Game of the Year proving that after 20 years of brain teasing the old ones are still definitely the best. The iconic game was awarded the accolade at a glittering awards ceremony earlier this year, the toy industry's equivalent of the Oscars!
The Trivial Pursuit game is a party in a box, people talking to people in a revolt against television. Since its official introduction in 1982, this phenomenally successful board game has been testing game players' wits to the limit. For only in a Trivial Pursuit game will you be asked questions as zany as, " Was Humpty Dumpty pushed?" and as difficult as "What modern day animal is related to the prehistoric merychippus?"
The game was invented by two Canadian journalists in Montreal, December 15, 1979, Scott Abbott a former sports editor with the Canadian Press and Chris Haney, photo editor for the Montreal Gazette. After realizing that more help and more money were needed to begin developing their idea. Chris's older brother John, an ex-hockey player, and John's friend Ed Werner, an ex-hockey player turned lawyer, were recruited, and the team of Abbott, Haney, Haney and Werner got to work.
Having no experience with the games business, it took these four men years of hard work before the Trivial Pursuit game became a seemingly "overnight success" with the public. Having depleted almost all of their own money they convinced friends and relatives to buy shares of their company to raise additional capital. The first prototype production test market run of 1100 games were sold in Canada.
The Trivial Pursuit game was first shown in the U.S. at the American International Toy Fair in New York City in February 1982. They expected to sell thousands of copies: to their great disappointment, only a few hundred were ordered. But they would not give up - even after realizing that they were so in debt that if they sold all of the 20,000 games ordered from their second production run they would barely break even.
But there was a magic to the game, which had game stores doubling their orders and the media soliciting interviews and the rest, as they say, is history.
Spring 2004 marked the 20th anniversary of the universal board game that has sold more than 85 million copies since it was launched and through it all, the highs and lows, Abbott, Haney, Haney and Werner have remained the same four good buddies with a great idea!
After 20 years at the top, the game is now available in 28 different countries and in 18 different languages. The current line includes Trivial Pursuit 20th Anniversary, Trivial Pursuit Genus edition, Trivial Pursuit Family edition, Trivial Pursuit for Kids, Trivial Pursuit Globetrotter and Trivial Pursuit Bite Size.
Trivial Pursuit is already spearheading a new game category with the introduction of Trivial Pursuit DVD Games. These fantastic interactive games feature lines such as Trivial Pursuit Disney DVD, Trivial Pursuit Star Wars Saga DVD, Trivial Pursuit Lord Of The Rings DVD and the new extreme game Trivial Pursuit Let Loose DVD.