Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The Pursuit of Extreme Trivia

When I saw this game in a big grocery store, I snatched it up quickly. It's the version for our region, Centre, and at 38.81€ ($51), it was a bargain, though I didn't know at the time. I thought it would be great for the kids to reinforce what they learn at school, and I'd surely learn a thing or two as well.

I stupidly thought that many questions would center on things I might know from traveling so much and visiting a zillion castles around here, but from the get-go it was obvious to the five of us playing (including two adults from the Bretagne region) that this was going to be tough. "How many inhabitants are there in the city of Blois? About 30,000; 40,000 or 50,000?" (50,000) All three sounded about right. At least on multiple chance questions, I've got a chance. That is, if they read me the question more than once. The cards are all in French, after all.

There were some questions that I did know right away. "What did Auguste Poulain found in 1848?" (Ironically, I knew this from a post I'd done on FPDJ.) And: "What village at the door of the Sologne <the hunting region we're in> used its clay to make bricks for their houses?" Answer: La Ferté-Saint Aubin, my town.

But as we got into questions like "What bedroom in Chenonceau is dedicated to five queens?," I realized it might have been just as well if I'd hunted down the Bretagne version. I've been to Chenonceau twice, but still didn't know the answer: The Bedroom of Five Queens. Like in the classic Trivial Pursuit, it pays to guess.

Perhaps I'll get the Bretagne version for someone's upcoming birthday. Or perhaps not. We'll see. At 54€ ($71) for that one, I have to be sure it won't have a trivial place on a our favorite game list...

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