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1984
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3 − 6
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Best with 4, 5 players
Recommended with 3, 4, 5, 6 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
10 and up
Playing Time
45 minutes
User Suggested Ages
10 and up
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No necessary in-game text
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Wizard
Alternate Names
Čarodej
Fantasy Wizard
Wizard Jubiläumsedition
Wizard: Μαγικοί Αριθμοί
Μαγικοί Αριθμοί
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Originated from Oh Hell! or "Up and Down the River" which are played with a standard deck of 52 cards. With a proprietary 60 card deck comprising a standard deck plus 4 Wizards (high) and 4 Jesters (low). In the first hand 1 card is dealt to each player. In the second 2 and so on. The game is over after the hand in which all cards are dealt.

Trumps are determined by randomly showing a card from the rest of undealt pack, if the card is a Jester, NoTrump is played in the current round. If it is a wizard, the last player to bid gets to choose the trump, or choose to play NoTrump.

After examining your cards you state the number of tricks you will win. Each round each player puts down one card. The first Wizard played wins the trick, followed by the highest trump card, followed by the highest card in the suit of the first card played.

You get 20 points for correctly predicting how many tricks you will win, plus 10 points for each trick won. You lose 10 points for each trick over or under the amount you predicted.

The game has plenty of luck inherent into it, especially at first (the first few rounds). Later rounds have very little luck, and because scoring increases over time (more cards are being dealt, so bids are higher), the overall game is a very skillful game.

Good memory, counting, and knowledge of statistics are helpful in this game.
[However, "Wizard is pure fun, challenging, baffling and simply habit forming. Wizard is quickly becoming the most popular card game of the decade," according to the undated box. So presumably everyone can enjoy it, skilled or not.]

This game can easily be played with a standard deck with some jesters and extra cards with the same backing, but has been sold in various formats over the years as a special deck with wizards and jesters added. It differs from the games it originates from in that the typical format was to start at one card dealt and go up to the maximum amount, and then go back down again (in some versions this ordering is reversed and you start dealing the maximum amount down to one card, then back up). Wizard shortens the game by starting at one card dealt and going up the maximum (which sometimes makes the last round have no trump since if the deck is divisible perfectly by the amount of players, there is no card to flip to determine trump in the last round).

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Swan Panasia Chinese second edition
Publisher: Swan Panasia Co., Ltd.
Artist: Franz Vohwinkel
Year: 2014
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Bulgarian first edition
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Year: 2012
Size: 2-deck card box (e.g. Coloretto)
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999 Games Dutch edition 2011
Publisher: 999 Games
Artist: Franz Vohwinkel
Year: 2011
Product Code: 999-WIZ01
Size: 2-deck card box (e.g. Coloretto)
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Release Date: Feb 2011
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AMIGO 15th anniversary edition in tin box
Publisher: AMIGO Spiel + Freizeit GmbH
Artist: Franz Vohwinkel
Year: 2011
Product Code: 01770
Size: 4.45 x 5.91 x 1.42 inches
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5 WIZARD English Rules A4 Format
These are the Wizard rules as translated by Craig S. Berg, Sr. formatted to fit a full A4 double sided piece of paper. Also looks great on the iPad which is where I keep most of my rulebooks.
English
2014-06-30
13 [Español] Reglas a la JcK
Completo resumen de las reglas con imagenes al estilo JcK [imageid=1251209 medium]
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2011-02-25
4 concise reference sheet by hecose
Reference sheet useful for quick referencing and provides a structured summary for teaching the game. See the 7 Wonders game entry if you are interested in ref sheets for other games that I’ve made. If you do not have Microsoft Powerpoint, a PDF version is also available there.
English
2010-10-01
6 Variants for Wizard based on Spanish card game
Wizard and Pocha (traditional spanish card game) are almost the same, so here are some rules applied in Pocha that you can use in Wizard
English
2009-12-29
14 Wizard - reglas en español
Traduccion de las reglas del Wizard a partir de las reglas inglesas ya presentes en la bgg
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2009-12-29
6 Scoresheet--long, 2-sided, color
Fits in deluxe edition box. Print 2-sided, cut to 3.5", laminate (to make it reusable).
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2009-07-10
4 Wizard chinese rules
Wizard chinese rules
Chinese
2009-03-29
11 Wizard Score Sheets (4 per printed page)
Print this on both sides of a piece paper for eight nicely sized scoresheets on one page.
2009-01-02
2 Regolamento italiano di Wizard
traduzione in italiano del regolamento di wizard (amigo)
2008-09-16
4 Portuguese rules translation
A translation of the German rules into Portuguese.
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