“Jeopardy” Champ Ken Jennings Creates “Half-Truth” Quiz Game

"Magic: The Gathering" creator Richard Garfield is also working on the project

"Jeopardy" Champ Ken Jennings Is Making His Own Quiz Game
Ken Jennings lost on Jeopardy after a 74-game run. (Jeopardy Productions via Getty)
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By Evan Bleier / August 26, 2019 10:36 am

Two intellectual superstars — former Jeopardy champ Ken Jennings and Magic the Gathering creator Richard Garfield — have teamed up to create a new trivia card game.

Their game, Half-Truth, is an “attempt to turn the world of trivia games on its ear,” according to Ars Technica.

In the game, players will answer multiple-choice questions with six potential answers, three of which will be partially correct (or “half” true). Players who think they know more than one of the correct answers will have the chance to earn more points but also risk losing it all by answering more than once.

“I thought back to my evenings playing trivia games, and I saw that one of the frustrating things was when I hit a long period of time where I knew nothing, or nothing that wasn’t known by almost everyone there,” Garfield told Ars. “Then the one question where I was a master at the subject, where I was the only person who knew, that question got asked to someone else. So right off the bat, I resolved that everybody should be answering every question.”

The questions will touch on topics ranging from pop culture and science to 1990s TV shows and rock stars.

“I think people have the mistaken idea that trivia is not for them,” Jennings said. “They think it’s mostly middle-aged men who like to sit around talking about vice presidential middle names and baseball statistics. In reality, these days, everybody’s knowledgable about something.”

Scheduled to be released in December, the game has already been funded on Kickstarter but you can still back it.

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