Was George Orwell an Optimist?
The Herbie Nichols Project - Dr. Cyclops' Dream
The way I've understood the rules say first and subsequent rounds. Which made those wizards incredibly powerful.
That is also how I understand the rules. Going first in every round is powerful, but not incredibly powerful. A great many games have units with that advantage, e.g. archers in Warlords of Europe or 'A' units in Hammer of the Scots.