Trivial Pursuit

Hasbro and Amazon have announced a new interactive version of the classic trivia game Trivial Pursuit.  Trivial Pursuit Tap is the first game that will utilize Amazon Alexa and the new Amazon Echo Buttons.

The Amazon Echo Buttons can be paired, using Bluetooth, to an Echo device and be used like buzzers and up to four Echo Buttons can be connected to an Echo device.  To answer a question in the game, simply press your Echo Button and the device will light up signaling that you can answer.

The Echo Button can be programmed for multiplayer or single-player games through Alexa skills.

Jonathan Berkowitz, senior vice president of marketing at Hasbro Gaming, said that this new technology “will make Trivial Pursuit more animated and exciting than ever.”

Scott Van Vliet, Director for Amazon Alexa, said “We’re excited that customers can now play the iconic Trivial Pursuit game with Alexa.  With Echo Buttons, game night can feel like a game show – and Alexa is the host. We can’t wait for customers to start playing.”

To learn more about click Trivial Pursuit Tap.

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Sometimes when playing board games with family, you can learn a lot of old family secrets and history. But the secret of Frau Richter, a double agent who spied on the Nazis, is probably the most shocking to come out of game night.

Frau Fleur Richter, originally from Scotland but living in Germany during World War II, was forced to spy for the Germans. But she became a double agent for MI6, feeding false information to the Gestapo. The only person who knew her secret was her close friend, Vera Wild, who kept the secret for 56 years after Frau Richter’s death in 1956.

Fast forward to the early 90s, when Frau Richter’s extended family (including her great nephew Miller Caldwell) was playing Trivial Pursuit with Vera Wild.

Miller said: “My parents, my godmother Vera and her husband, Tim, were at my house when we decided to play Trivial Pursuit.

“A geography question on Germany found Tim recalling the Brenner Pass between Austria and Italy. He had cycled there in 1920.

“Out of the blue, Vera became clearly flustered, looking to the ceiling and saying how she did not want to go to Germany.

“I was shocked, confused and then intrigued by her strange reaction.

“It was only after pressing her on the matter that she opened up about Fleur’s war-time activities which my great aunt had told her in confidence all those years ago.

“She explained that Fleur had been living in Hamburg before the Second World War and how she was forced after her husband’s death to become a spy by the Gestapo.

Now Mr. Caldwell is writing a book about this amazing story. To read more about Frau Richter, see the whole article here.

Courtesy Jonathan Lundberg

Courtesy Jonathan Lundberg

Best Choice Reviews dipped their toe into the world of board games with their 50 Greatest Card Games and Board Game of All Time, citing the growing popularity of the gaming hobby.

“Board gaming has experienced increases overall for the past several years, leading to many manufacturers and commentators to talk about the Board Game Renaissance. This list features the best of the old and the new in board and card gaming. These games are popular, influential, and loads of fun.”

Although we here at Dice Tower News are objective reporters and are able to push aside cognitive dissonance like professionals, it is important to remember that “fun”, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.

With that out of the way, let’s reveal the contents of your next board game order:

  • #50 – Operation
  • #49 – Gin Rummy
  • #48 – Mouse Trap
  • #47 – Mancala
  • #46 – Metro
  • #45 – Battleship
  • #44 – Parcheesi
  • #43 – Yahtzee!
  • #42 – Carcassonne
  • #41 – Uno
  • #40 – Sorry!
  • #39 – Yu-Gi-Oh!
  • #38 – Pictionary
  • #37 – Chinese Checkers
  • #36 – Whist
  • #35 – Cards Against Humanity
  • #34 – Pandemic
  • #33 – Blackjack (21)
  • #32 – Cribbage
  • #31 – Snakes and Ladders
  • #30 – Candyland
  • #29 – Spades
  • #28 – Pokemon
  • #27 – Dominoes
  • #26 – Dutch Blitz
  • #25 – The Game of Life
  • #24 – Hearts
  • #23 – Connect Four
  • #22 – Trivial Pursuit
  • #21 – Diplomacy
  • #20 – Munchkin
  • #19 – Taboo
  • #18 – Axis and Allies
  • #17 – Ticket to Ride
  • #16 – Canasta
  • #15 – Stratego
  • #14 – Mahjong
  • #13 – Clue (Cluedo)
  • #12 – Scrabble
  • #11 – Apples to Apples
  • #10 – Settlers of Cataan
  • #9 – Backgammon
  • #8 – Magic: The Gathering
  • #7 – Poker
  • #6 – Risk
  • #5 – Draughts (Checkers)
  • #4 – Bridge
  • #3 – Monopoly
  • #2 – Chess
  • #1 – Go

There you have it, the 50 Greatest Card Games and Board Games of All Time. For more on these games and their ranks on this hallowed list, check out the full article.