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1984
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3 − 6
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Best with 4–5 players
Recommended with 3–6 players
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10 and up
Playing Time
45 minutes
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10+
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No necessary in-game text
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Primary Name
Wizard
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Čarodej
Fantasy Wizard
Wizard Jubiläumsedition
Wizard: Μαγικοί Αριθμοί
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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 a Wizard or Jester (or no card in the final round) is revealed, then the round has 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 common variant in Wizard is to not allow the total number of tricks bid in a round to match the round number, thereby forcing (at least) one player to be off each round.

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Swan Panasia Chinese second edition
Publisher: Swan Panasia Co., Ltd.
Artist: Franz Vohwinkel
Year: 2014
Size: 2-deck card box (e.g. Coloretto)
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Size: 2-deck card box (e.g. Coloretto)
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Publisher: 999 Games
Artist: Franz Vohwinkel
Year: 2011
Product Code: 999-WIZ01
Size: 2-deck card box (e.g. Coloretto)
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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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7 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
15 Wizard - reglas en español
Traduccion de las reglas del Wizard a partir de las reglas inglesas ya presentes en la bgg
Spanish
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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2007-10-26
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