International Trivial Pursuit

17/365: Trivial Pursuit
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If you’re wanting to spend some enjoyable hours with a group of compatriots, Trivial Pursuit can be a good option.

However, if you are not from the same culture, many questions – especially in the pink and orange categories – can become almost impossible to answer for some of the players.

It would therefore be nice to have a box of international questions (either truly global, or perhaps European) to enable people with multinational families and friends to play the game.

I was searching a bit, and there seems to be a so-called “Globetrotter edition“, in which the six categories are replaced with six regions: North America,
Latin America, Oceania, Africa, Europe and Asia.

That sounds like it would be playable by people from different backgrounds, but it changes the nature of the game a lot, and I’d still rather have an international version of “proper” Trivial Pursuit.


  1. I agree entirely. Due to our family also being a mixed bag of nationalities Trivial Pursuit does not work very well in certain categories. Though saying that I do recall playing it years ago with students from about 5 different countries and it was a riot. But that might have been to do with the wine that we were drinking.

  2. Yes, it can work, especially if everybody has similar levels of foreignness, or if the native is rather ignorant with regard to cultural questions. I could for instance probably happily play the Danish edition with foreigners (if they understood Danish) because my knowledge of Danish music and sports is almost nil.

  3. Of course what you are saying is that you don’t stand a chance on the entertainment or sports questions against my mum! We should play teams – you are mum would even out – her geography isn’t grade A!

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