‘Question Time!’ Board Game #2014-0095
‘Question Time’ board game, comprising thick laminated cardboard game board, plastic playing pieces, cardboard cards and two paper booklets.
This board game was first created for the 50th birthday of Senator John Faulkner, whom the creator knew socially. The original was a political-based trivia game, and Faulkner suggested an effort be made to develop the concept further. The creator, Tess Shannon, and her business partner Libby Blainey took out a loan to finance the endeavour and spent almost a decade creating, researching, designing and refining the game until they believed it was ready for release.
From the board game designers’ website:
‘Tess and Libby have been developing Question Time! ® for seven years. Originally Tess developed the board game as a birthday gift for a friend—a political aficionado. The game was played at the birthday party and Tess was encouraged to develop the game further. At this stage it was a straight question and answer game and first around the board won.
Enter Libby Blainey. Libby is a board game enthusiast. Her first question to Tess was “what are the strategies to win the game?” This was a key moment in the development of the game. Strategy became the main focus to winning the game.
Both Tess and Libby recognised that many Australians don’t know much about Australian politics and political history. By introducing strategy cards into the game play Bingo! Anyone could win provided they used these cards wisely and played them with rat cunning against other players! “The idea is to win, at any cost – just like the real thing!”
Libby also brought her experience and skills as a successful graphic designer to the game and the results speak for themselves. The game is visually beautiful, reflecting the ambiance of the Australian House of Representatives, as well as the history of the Australian parliament with all the past Prime Ministers represented on the board.’