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101 Board Game Trivia Questions That Will Have You Rolling The Dice

Will you collect $200 or go directly to jail? Take this board game quiz to find out! The Royal Game of Ur was the first playable board game in history. It originated in ancient Mesopotamia with the rules written by a Babylonian astronomer on a cuneiform tablet. Since then, board games have been created for interesting reasons and have been used in innovative ways.

Candy Land, for instance, was created by a schoolteacher for kids in a polio ward. Governments used Monopoly to smuggle maps and compasses to POWs during wartime. Board games are also used as embedded learning for kids, teach cooperative gameplay, and help us manage our stress levels as adults. These board game trivia questions and answers make you feel like a kid again!

Are you looking for more trivia? Check out our Pokemon, Poker, Harry Potter and Monopoly trivia. Top it off with some entertainment trivia questions to test your knowledge.

A frying pan, a bed-roll, a cowboy hat and a shovel are all items which must be placed on the mule’s back in which kid’s game?

Balancing Act

Too Heavy

Wonkey Donkey

Buckaroo

Go is purported to have originated in which country 4000 years ago?

Greece

Ethiopia

China

India

In Go, what are the empty intersections between the game pieces called?

Points

Spaces

Vacancies

Squares

Which of these UK board games is a ‘fast talking description board game’?

Subbuteo

Game of Life

Space Invaders

Articulate

In Backgammon, what happens if a player can’t move either dice numbers when they roll?

They roll the dice until they can move

Lose their turn

Move either one number higher or lower than the dice they rolled, provided they can move those numbers

They have to move the closest checker to their home area onto the middle bar

Which board game allows players to buy property?

Monopoly

Cluedo

Sorry!

Trouble

How many gold coins does it cost to buy an airplane in Civilization?

100

10

20

50

Which of the following is NOT a car color in Life?

White

Purple

Orange

Blue

In Monopoly, if you win a crossword competition, how much do you gain?

100

50

20

150

How much does a player have to pay when they land on the Income Tax square in Monopoly?

50

100

200

500

In Snakes and Ladders, what does a player do on their turn?

Spin a pointer

Roll a pair of dice

Answer a question

Roll one dice

Which racing board game has a location called Gum Drop Mountain?

Trouble

Ludo

Life

Candy Land

What is the biggest room on the Cluedo board?

Ballroom

Library

Hall

Dining Room

How many minutes are allowed per round of Boggle?

2

5

10

3

Which board game has playing pieces of little cars?

Life

Risk

Sorry

Masterpiece

How many checkers does each player begin with in a game of backgammon?

15

2

10

5

What’s the maximom of players for a Monopoly game?

10

8

6

2

Which game involves weapons including the rope and lead pipe

Snakes and Ladders

Ludo

Mystery Mansion

Cluedo

In Chess, bishops can move in which direction?

Backwards

Diagonally

Sideways

Forwards

What type of event is there every month in Payday?

Yard Sale

Movie Night

Car Rally

Street Fair

What is the name of the criminal on the run in Scotland Yard?

Mr Z

Mr Y

Mr C

Mr X

Which of these Cluedo rooms does NOT have a secret passage?

Lounge

Kitchen

Hall

Study

Which of these is NOT traditionally found on a Monopoly board?

Mile End Road

Strand

Old Kent Road

Fleet Street

What is the value of the highest gold coin in Civilization?

50

75

100

200

Where does Liverpool Street Station appear on the Monopoly board?

Between the orange and pink properties

Between the red and yellow properties

Between the brown and light blue properties

Between the green and dark blue properties

In Operation, what is the name of the character having his body parts removed?

Patient Z

John Doe

Cavity Sam

Mr Man

In Scotland Yard, when is the first time Mr X has to reveal his position to the detectives?

The third turn

The tenth turn

The fifth turn

The first turn

In Draughts, how does a regular piece move during a non-capturing turn?

Backward diagonally to nearest adjacent vacant square

Forward diagonally to the nearest adjacent vacant square

To any adjacent vacant square

To any vacant square on the board

Which board game involves solving a murder?

Cluedo

Taboo

Operation

Life

Which of these rooms would you NOT find on a Cluedo board?

Nursery

Billiards Room

Library

Ballroom

How many pawns do players start with in Chess?

10

8

12

6

In Scrabble, how many letter only have one tile?

4

5

2

6

Which player goes first in Backgammon?

White goes first

Brown goes first

Whoever sets their checkers up first

Whoever rolls the highest number

Which is the only great power to start with more fleets than armies in Diplomacy?

France

Great Britain

Russia

Turkey

What color is the ‘Inherit a Painting from the Bank’ space in Masterpiece?

Yellow

Brown

Red

Black

How do withdrawers capture in Ultima?

By withdrawal directly away from a piece

By pushing the piece over

By entrapment between two pieces

By replacement, like Chess

What is the first property on the Monopoly board?

Old Kent Road

Whitechapel Road

The Angel, Islington

Euston Road

In Draughts, how does a regular piece move during a non-capturing turn?

Backward diagonally to nearest adjacent vacant square

To any adjacent vacant square

To any vacant square on the board

Forward diagonally to the nearest adjacent vacant square

In the game Hungry Hungry Hippos, which is the purple hippo?

Lizzie Hippo

Homer Hippo

Harry Hippo

Henry Hippo

In Chess, how does a pawn capture another piece?

Sideways

Forwards

Diagonally

Backwards

Which of these board games features a picture of a brain on the box?

Trivial Pursuit

Scrabble

Mastermind

Cranium

What is the name of the extra cube/third die in each Backgammon set?

The doubler

The diamond

The slot

The blitz

Which of these is NOT a Word Worm activity in Cranium?

Lexicon

Factoid

Spellbound

Zelpuz

How much can you buy one station for in Monopoly?

200

100

500

300

How many male characters are there in Cluedo?

1

2

4

3

Which is the cheapest to buy in Monopoly?

Northumberland Avenue

Bow Street

Angel, Islington

Old Kent Road

How many die are used in the game of Monopoly?

2

3

1

4

Which Sorry card allows a player to draw again?

7

2

11

1

Which of these is NOT a Word Worm activity in Cranium?

Factoid

Zelpuz

Spellbound

Lexicon

How many different gold coins are there in Civilization?

5

3

6

10

What item do players have to recover when playing The Dark Tower?

A wizard’s staff

A golden crown

A magic sceptre

A jewelled throne

How many blank tiles are there in a Scrabble set?

3

1

2

4

In Life, what are the blue cards?

Career

Salary

House

Stock

What is the highest level a player can receive in Go?

30k Kyu

1k Kyu

10p Dan

1d Dan

In Backgammon, what is a lover’s leap?

Dice roll of double sixes

Dice roll of double threes

Dice roll of six and one

An opening roll of six and five

What term is used when a player’s stones are in check in Go?

Sony

Wii

Nintendo

Atari

How many circles on the mat of Twister?

24

10

30

50

Which board game involves drawing things on paper for your teammates to guess?

Operation

Cluedo

Pictionary

Yahtzee

What is the name of the new ‘standard’ Monopoly game?

There and Then

Who and When

Past and Present

Here and Now

What does a Polygraph question include in Cranium?

A true/false question

A fill in the blank question

A simple question without choices

A multiple choice question

How many points is a five letter word worth in Boggle?

2

5

4

1

How many colors are dotted around a Twister mat?

6

4

10

5

In Absolute Balderdash, what happens when more than one person gives the correct definition of an answer?

The round is cancelled

The game ends

Everyone gets a point

The dasher gets a point

How many squares are on a Scrabble board?

50

225

100

164

How many total tiles are there in Scrabble?

100

50

90

200

Which board game tells players ‘Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect £200’?

Cluedo

Ludo

Sorry!

Monopoly

In Scrabble, what letter has the most tiles?

E

O

I

A

In the game Risk, Europe is which color?

Blue

Yellow

Red

Green

Which of these was a popular board game aimed at girls in the ’90s?

Destiny Phone

Date Phone

Aspire Phone

Dream Phone

What other form of transport is open to Mr X exclusively in Scotland Yard?

Alleyways

Airports

Waterways

Trams

There are 27 squares on the Absolute Balderdash board, with one space for each letter of the alphabet. What is on the extra space in the middle of the board?

All Play

Double Score

Move ahead two spaces

Triple Score

How are the houses and hotels of a 1940s Monopoly set different to a present day one?

They’re metal

They’re glass

They’re made of wood

They’re cotton

How many dice to do you play with in Yahtzee?

6

5

10

4

How many color groups are there on a Monopoly board?

10

6

8

3

In Backgammon, what is the term used to describe a game where a player has removed all of their checkers from the board before their opponent has begun to take off his/her own checkers?

A builder

A gammon

A beaver

A joker

Which elimination game has a player guessing which of 24 characters their opponent has picked?

Ludo

Monopoly

Go

Guess Who

What is the lowest value a painting can have in Masterpiece?

Damaged

No Value

Forgery

Reproduction

If a player goes to university in Life, how many salary cards can they pick up at random?

1

3

5

6

How many gold coins does it cost to buy a settler in Civilization?

5

10

15

20

How many triple word scored are there on a scrabble board?

10

3

8

5

What two letter tiles are the highest scoring two to play in Scrabble?

V and C

H and Y

J and X

Q and Z

How does a castle/rook move on a chess board?

In a straight line

In a square

Diagonally

One space

If a Draughts piece reaches one of the squares at the far end of the board, what does it become?

A Gold piece

A King piece

A Queen piece

A Neutral piece

Which of these is not a red property on the Monopoly board?

Coventry Street

Trafalgar Square

Fleet Street

The Strand

Which of the great powers starts with the most units at the beginning of a game of Diplomacy?

Great Britain

Austria-Hungary

Russia

France

Snakes and Ladders was invented in which country?

France

India

Great Britain

USA

Jenga is Swahili for what?

Build

Game

Tower

Fall

All of the paintings featured in Masterpiece are on display in which American gallery?

The New York Metropolitan Museum

Museum of Modern Art

The Art Institute of Chicago

National Gallery of Art

What action signals the end of your turn in Risk?

Draw a card

Fortify a territory

Make a free move

Passing the dice

How much is the fine to get out of jail in Monopoly?

50

20

100

60

In Life, what are the purple cards?

Salary

Stock

House

Career

In Cranium, who is the mascot for the blue questions?

Data Head

Creative Cat

Word Worm

Star Performer

Which of these Sorry cards does NOT allow you to move a pawn from the Start space?

1

Sorry!

2

7

What shape are the stone bowls in Go?

Oval

Triangle

Rectangle

Square

What’s different about a Club Cranium question in Cranium?

There’s more than one possible answer

Players get two guesses

The time limit is doubled

All teams play

In which decade was Monopoly created?

1920s

1960s

1950s

1940s

In which decade did Leslie Scott create Jenga?

1980s

1910s

1960s

2000s

What CAN’T you find on a Parchesi board?

Two blue safety squares seven spaces apart

Two blue safety spaces five spaces apart

Two blue safety squares ten spaces apart

Two blue safety spaces eight spaces apart

Which of the following is a territory that CAN’T be occupied in Diplomacy?

North Africa

Switzerland

Greenland

Clyde

In Chess, what is a smother mate?

When the queen checkmates the opponent’s king

When a king is trapped behind the pawn after castling and a knight checkmates it

When a player can’t force a checkmate on an opponent

When a player removes all of their opponent’s pieces, then tries to force checkmate

In what year was the original version of Risk released?

1959

1967

1995

1989

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