Wizard is a several times selection of Games Magazine. Wizard is
a trumps and bidding game which is easier for kids than hearts (fewer cards to hold, quicker rounds) and as appealing to adults
as euchre. In the first round, each player gets one card; there will be one trick. Everyone bids. In the second round there are two tricks. Total of bids may or may not equal the number of tricks available. At the end of the round, each player who makes
his bid gets 20 points plus 10 per trick one. Miss your bid and lose 10 points per trick.
Here's how one thoughtful reader responded, "Hi - I'm not too happy with your review of Wizard. We are four adult female
relatives who happily play Wizard all afternoon once a week, and have done so for two years straight! It's like Spades plus
wild cards, only better. It's a wonderful, wonderful game and I can't figure out why it's not better known - but I don't know
anyone who's heard of it.* It's much more interesting than Euchre because of the added risk, and also because it calls for more
skill in bidding and taking tricks; that's not a good comparison (Euchre bores us). It's a TERRIFIC game and we're so glad I
happened on it at your Keystone Crossing store! - Mary et al. (Indianapolis)
Mary also wrote, "We wore out enough sets of cards that we eventually bought plastic cards and made up our own sets,
buying blank cards to label 'Wizards'. The cards are not of great quality - poorer quality than generic poker cards you can buy
in the drug store."
Another customer testimonial came when I was showing Wizard to a customer in our store recently. A shopper who happened
to be standing nearby chimed in. She said, "Our family loves Wizard...even the people who claim not to like cards. We call it
the card game for people who don't play card games." She made the sale.
* Note to Mary, somebody has heard of Wizard. It has led our card games department in sales for the past two years.