Pre pandemic, I was a bar trivia regular. Brushing up on random fun facts, competing to win, coming together with friends. My strong suit and favorite categories have always been nature and the sciences. I’ve been missing trivia nights out this year, but with Triviavore I’ve found a game that is arguably better.
What is Triviavore?
Triviavore brings all the joy of trivia nights to your own home. At its core are challenging and engaging trivia questions that always teach you something new. But it also uses strategy and survival, and you use your correct trivia answers to advance through the game board and compete for points.
This summer, Triviavore has been a favorite pastime. I’ve had fun playing with my friends and family. We’ve bonded together while learning some of the crazy and quirky nature facts featured in the game. The game has stumped us all with questions like does a scorpion have more claws or more eyes? And, which came first: the chicken or the egg? (Yes, Triviavore has a real answer!)
Triviavore comes with over 150 trivia cards for endless fun!
Who is Triviavore For?
Triviavore is great for players of all ages! Kids under the age of 8 might need an older teammate or have to wait for the soon-to-be-released supplemental “little kids’ pack.”
Triviavore is a great learning tool. It’s fun and engaging for kids and teaches them amazing nature fun facts. The game offers closed choices (A, B, or C?) instead of open-ended questions. If a question stumps you, you can often find the right answer by guessing!
The game is a super fun way to spark interest in nature in kids. What better way to get them hooked on the majesty and craziness of nature than a round of a fun board game?
However, Triviavore isn’t just for kids. It’s a hit with any adults who love science or nature. Whether you’re a bar trivia regular, a birder, gardener, park ranger, or nature lover – Triviavore is great for you!
Triviavore — The Ultimate Nature Trivia Board Game
First herbivores and carnivores, and now Triviavore — the ultimate nature trivia board game.
(Trivia question for two points: “Is the brain of a giant squid shaped like a donut, a hot dog, or a wedding cake”?)
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How to Play
Setting Up the Board
Instead of coming with a premade board, Triviavore comes with 25 board tiles that are randomly placed in a 5×5 grid. Since the board is not fixed, the tiles can be scrambled at the start of each game for a whole new playing experience!
There are four types of board tiles: Habitat, human, survival, and safezone. These create the landscape of the game.
Animal Player Tokens
At the beginning of the game the players select one of four habitats they’d like to represent: Jungle (green), water (blue), mountain (yellow) or desert (red).
Each habitat has 3 animal tokens, representing different trophic levels (levels on the food chain). The game begins with each player using their smallest animal token – a hunted creature. Throughout the game, players can rise through the food chain to become a hunter and then an apex hunter. The higher the trophic level, the more points earned.
Survival and Habitat Cards
Throughout the game you’ll have the opportunity to pick up survival and habitat cards. These can be used strategically to help win points!
Start the game by counting out six survival cards for a two-player game, seven for a three-player game, and eight for a four-player game. Shuffle and place face down.
If you land on a survival tile on the board, an opponent picks a trivia card and asks you the trivia question. If you answer correctly, you get a survival card!
Survival cards are used to travel further at the beginning of each turn. But, if you hang onto them, you’ll get a point for each retained survival card at the end of the game.
Habitat cards offer all sorts of advantages, from offering a second chance at answering trivia to moving you to a safezone tile.
Playing the Game
Each player chooses a color, and the last person to choose moves first.
Players begin on the safezone tile that has a “1” corresponding to their chosen color. On the start of a players turn, they may move one step horizontally or vertically (not diagonal).
The tile you land on determines what happens next
- Survival tile: An opponent picks a trivia card and asks you the trivia question. If you answer correctly, draw a Survival Card.
- Human tile: Flip any tile on the board to create “damaged habitat” tiles.
- Your own non-damaged habitat tile: Draw a Habitat Card.
- Damaged habitat tile: An opponent picks a trivia card and asks you the trivia question. If you answer correctly, draw a Habitat Card.
- Safezone tile: Safezone tiles are used to progress up the food chain if you have the cards to get to a new trophic level, and perhaps even to become an apex hunter!
What if you land on the same tile as an opponent? You can interact with the opponent OR the tile you are on. If there are multiple players on the tile, you get to choose who to interact with. But you can only interact with an opponent your size or smaller and cannot attack the same player twice in a row. If the opponent is your size or smaller, you can hit them with a TRIVIA ATTACK.
During the trivia attack, the attacker asks a trivia question. If the opponent is correct, that player “escaped” the attack. Otherwise, the attacker may steal one of that opponent’s cards (survival or unused habitat) of the challenger’s choice.
Ending the Game
The game ends when all survival cards are taken. To tally up the points, sum the following:
- 2 points are awarded per trophic level (meaning hunters have two extra points, apex have four).
- 2 points are awarded per retained non-damaged habitat tile of your type remaining on the board.
- 1 point is awarded per retained survival card
- 1 point is awarded per retained habitat card, regardless of whether it has been used.
The player with the most points wins the round of Triviavore!
Commitment to Nature
Not only does the game teach you about nature, but it promises a commitment to nature too. All the beautiful and colorful trivia cards and game pieces are printed in the USA on sustainably harvested paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. The game has no plastic parts and isn’t even shrink wrapped! Nothing from Triviavore will end up clogging a landfill.
This game was created for conservationists and nature enthusiasts, and we hope that it brings you and your trivia crew or family closer!