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Official Smart Ass Game Rules

University Games' Smart Ass Trivia: The Ultimate Who, What, Where Party Game. Here's how to play:


  • Game Board

  • 490 Question Cards (divided into four categories: Who, What, Where, and Hard Ass)

  • 6 Playing Pieces

  • 1 Category Die (showing Who, What, Where, and Hard Ass categories)

  • 1 Movement Die

  • Instructions


  1. Place the game board in the center of the table.

  2. Each player selects a playing piece and places it on the start space.

  3. Shuffle the question cards and place them in the respective category piles around the board.

  4. Choose a reader to read the first question. The role of reader rotates clockwise each turn.

Game Play

  1. Roll the Category Die: The reader rolls the category die to determine which type of question will be read (Who, What, Where, or Hard Ass).

  2. Ask a Question:

    • The reader picks a question card from the top of the corresponding pile and reads the clues aloud, one by one, in order.

    • Players can shout out the answer as soon as they think they know it. There is no need to wait for the reader to finish the question.

  3. Answering:

    • The first player to shout out the correct answer wins the round.

    • If a player shouts an incorrect answer, they are temporarily out of that round and cannot guess again until the next question.

  4. Moving Forward:

    • The player who answered correctly rolls the movement die and moves their playing piece forward the number of spaces indicated.

    • If no one answers correctly, the same reader continues with a new question of the same category.

  5. Next Reader:

    • After a question is answered (correctly or not), the role of the reader moves to the next player in clockwise order.

  6. Special Spaces:

    • Some spaces on the board have special instructions:

      • Dumb Ass: Lose your next turn.

      • Kick Ass: Move ahead to the next Kick Ass space.

      • Go to the Start: Move your piece back to the start space.

Winning the Game

  • The first player to reach the finish space wins the game.

  • Players must roll the exact number needed to land on the finish space. If they roll a higher number, they must move their piece forward to the finish space and then back the remaining number of spaces.

Additional Rules

  • Tie-Breakers: In the event of a tie where multiple players shout the correct answer at the same time, the reader decides who answered first.

  • Player Conduct: Players must refrain from shouting multiple answers in quick succession to ensure fair play.

I hope this breakdown helps you understand the core gameplay of University Games' Smart Ass Trivia!

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