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Finding a source of trivia

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Brian Boyko
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While I'm using Trivial Pursuit cards in my prototype, does anyone know where I can find a book of trivia questions and answers that I can use instead of Trivial Pursuit?

simpson
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Any encyclopedia. The trick

Any encyclopedia.

The trick to trivia is to create subject genres (history/sports/film...), find information then rephrase into the form of a question.

Encyclopedia entry:
"English novelist Jane Austen wrote Sense and Sensibility in 1811".

Trivia question:
"Name the author of Sense and Sensibility?"

You can then scale the difficulty of the trivia by including deductive hints within the question.

Trivia question with several hints:
"Name the famous female english novelist who wrote several stories including Sense & Sensibility, Emma, and Pride & Prejudice?"

simpson

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Encyclopedia's are great, but

Encyclopedia's are great, but there are other great sources too depending on what you're looking for. Books of quotations are often good for trivia. If you're looking for statistics various Almanacs are often useful, especially for things like sports scores, weather patterns, etc with lots of information collected through-out history. If you're looking for people data, the US Census Bureau's web site can get you quite far. And if you're looking for very recent historical items searching news paper web sites can prove fruitful. And if you're looking for useful information about a particular industry, look for the web site of that industry's association. Most mature industries have an association of some sort, and any good association will publish statistics about the industry.

If you want to search a site that doesn't have a great search engine, just go to google and type in:

site:example.com abraham lincoln

That would search example.com for the keyphrase "abraham lincoln"

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