We Millennials are neck deep in the digital world, and have been for most of our lives. We were the first generation in history to be consumed with the tiny little lights behind glass; because of this, it’s also common for us to seek time away from the phone or computer for a little respite. This has brought a rise to such “unplugging” activities as the ever-present obstacle runs, adult coloring books, and my favorite excuse for drinking and yelling at friends: board games.
Milwaukee’s been in on this trend for a while; you can find coffee shops and bars friendly to groups of druids, a distillery hosting a monthly gathering of Catanese, and even a Milwaukee-themed board game. We picked up our own copy of All About Town: Milwaukee in the gift shop at the Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear, but it’s available online as well.
This trivia-based game was developed by a team dubbed 3 History Geeks, consisting of 2 workers at the Milwaukee County Historical Society and another local historian. Think Trivial Pursuit, but less questions about the Bronze Age and more about the Bronze Fonz.
You start at Mitchel Airport and work your way around the city to cultural landmarks, each of which has its own unique category of questions associated with it.
Answer one question from each category correctly and race back to the airport to win.
The questions are extremely varied, and definitely skew to the older Milwaukeean generation. But there’s likely no better way to learn digestible local trivia nuggets while driving around little historic vehicles.
It took us a while to get through the game just the two of us; you’d be better served getting the full 6 people/teams playing. In particular, the green sports questions stumped us (until Katie got Al McGuire…come on!).
Contrary to what all reason would dictate, Katie ended up besting Joe in their first game…by a lot.
In these days of complex board games in far-off fictional lands, All About Town: Milwaukee takes you through a simple concept with a local flair. Just be prepared to have to know what Milwaukee mayor was nicknamed “All the Time Rosy.”