Trivial Pursuit is the name of a board game in which the players have to correctly answer questions about general knowledge and popular culture. Scott Abbott, a sports editor for the Canadian Press, and Chris Harvey, a photo editor for the Montreal newspaper, The Gazette, created this game in 1989 and it was published in 1982. In 1984, the game reached the peak of its popularity with 20 million copies being sold in that year.
The object of the game is to move around the board by correctly answering a series of questions. There are six categories of questions and the categories are colour-coded. The categories and their colours are:
- Geography – blue
- Entertainment – pink
- History – yellow
- Arts & Literature – brown
- Science & Nature – green
- Sports & Leisure – orange
The game comes with the decks of questions cards, which have the questions on one side and the answers on the other, the game pieces and small plastic wedges into which the game pieces fit. When a player answers a question correctly, he/she can fit the wedge into the section. The board is divided into six sections and several players can have their game pieces on the same section at the same time.
There is a track on the board in the shape of a wheel with spokes. During the process of playing the game, players move around this track with the end of each spoke being the headquarters of the category. When a player rolls the dice, he/she counts the appropriate number of spaces and answers the question of the colour and category on which the game piece lands.
Once a player has completely filled the wedge for a category, he/she advances around the board to another category decided by the other players. If the player answers this question correctly, then he/she is the winner of the game.