Wizard: oldies but goodies in the card games

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DrClick
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Wizard: oldies but goodies in the card games

Post by DrClick » 31 March 2021, 11:48

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It's cheesy, but you might not know about this very well-known card game that is pretty much available in any board game stores, or even toy stores.

Why is it so popular?

The trick-taking game Wizard uses a sixty-card deck that consists of the traditional 52-card deck (1-13 in four suits) along with four Wizards (high) and four Jesters (low).

Players compete over multiple rounds based on the number of players, and whoever ends with the highest score wins. In each round, players are dealt a hand of cards — one card in the first round, two cards in the second, three in the third, etc. — then trump is determined by flipping the top card of the undealt deck; if a suit is revealed, that suit is trump, while if the card turned up is a Jester, it is turned down and there is no trump for that round. If the card turned up is a Wizard, the dealer chooses one of the 4 suits as the trump suit. The dealer cannot choose "no trump". On the last round of each game all cards are dealt out so there is no trump. Players then state how many tricks they expect to win in the round.

The playing and winning of the tricks uses mostly standard trick-taking rules. If a player leads a suited card, then all other players must follow suit, if possible. If a player leads a Jester, then the second player determines the suit led. If a player leads a Wizard, then those who follow can play whatever they want. However, in all cases a player may always play a Wizard or Jester, even if they hold cards in the suit led.

After each player has played a card, determine the winner of the trick as follows: If one or more Wizards were played, the player of the first Wizard wins the trick, collects the cards, and leads to the next trick. If not, whoever played the highest trump wins the trick. If not, whoever played the highest card of the suit led wins the trick. If all players played Jesters, whoever played the first Jester wins.

After all tricks have been played, players tally their score for the round. If a player matched their bid, winning exactly as many tricks as stated at the start of the round, they score 20 points, plus 10 points for each trick taken. If a player missed their bid, they lose 10 points for each trick that they were off, whether they took more or fewer than predicted.

A game you can discover right here:
https://boardgamearena.com/gamepanel?game=wizard

Yes, it's from 1984 and still relevant today. We can tell by the many tables currently open on Board Game Arena.
That's why we would like to thank the publisher AMIGO, the author Ken Fisher and our developer MGoulet who implemented this game for BGA.

It plays from 3 to 6, and lasts for 40 minutes.
So you can try to test your skills on this game, you'll always find someone to play it.

And don't forget that tomorrow, it'll be all about the eggs!
But for now, you're a wizard, Harry...

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beri
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Re: Wizard: oldies but goodies in the card games

Post by beri » 31 March 2021, 13:21

Please consider bringing Die 7 Siegel (Les 7 sceaux) to BGA. It’s similar to Wizard but sooooo much better.

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Re: Wizard: oldies but goodies in the card games

Post by Eliz22 » 31 March 2021, 18:39

I second that motion. Wizard extreme - or les 7 sceaux - or Die 7 siegel is the much superior version.

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Re: Wizard: oldies but goodies in the card games

Post by Shobu » 31 March 2021, 19:49

thanks a lot for all these good oldies :)
Bottle Imp next maybe? :D

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Re: Wizard: oldies but goodies in the card games

Post by aesche » 01 April 2021, 01:00

Most amazing news for me from BGA since I joined! Thanks!

What are the arena settings? I very much hope for 4 players, default length, +/- 1 and foresight settings.

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Re: Wizard: oldies but goodies in the card games

Post by lunatic4ever » 01 April 2021, 22:15

Can we please get the version with the crazy cards to this game? That is SO much more fun

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Re: Wizard: oldies but goodies in the card games

Post by anneliesvlees » 02 April 2021, 16:19

Super!

Erdna_2001
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Re: Wizard: oldies but goodies in the card games

Post by Erdna_2001 » 02 April 2021, 23:40

Thanks a lot for this Great Game that makes so much Fun! Do you know the additional Cards like dragon, fairy, bomb, rainbow...
It would be Perfect to have these Cards in an optional choice, too!

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Re: Wizard: oldies but goodies in the card games

Post by Spinni » 03 April 2021, 15:23

This is great news! I love that game though I lose all the time :lol:

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Re: Wizard: oldies but goodies in the card games

Post by ziurana » 03 April 2021, 20:50

En la variante Predicción oculta no se puede cancelar apuesta mientras otros jugadores no han apostado, y lo he echado en falta :(

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