At a Glance: The Wizard Always Wins is all about fortuitous timing, because even though you KNOW the Wizard will win, you never know WHEN.
The Wizard Always Wins is a game for 2-5 players where each player picks a different character role and performs that character’s actions once per round. The cards are ranked from 1 to 7, with 7 being the Wizard. Whatever character you choose for that round will determine the turn sequence for the following round. In other words, if you choose the Hunter at number 6, then you’ll likely be going last in the next round. So this creates a nice, balanced feel to the game because you know that whoever got last dibs this time around might get first dibs the next time. Depending on the role you choose, you may draw cards, play cards, or draw tokens from the bag. In order to win, you must select the Wizard, AND pull your own color gem out of the bag. But in order to add your gems to the bag throughout the game, you must first turn in sets of cards/tokens. You will also be leveling up as you go, which is important because your Level # determines how many tokens you can pull out of the bag when you play as the Wizard. Simply put, the higher your level, the greater your odds of pulling your own gem and winning the game!
There is actually more to this game than you might think, but it is still really accessible. I like how the dynamic of the game is like a truck accelerating down a hill. It starts out slow, but once people start adding their gems to the bag, people start casting sidelong glances at each other, wondering who will be the first to try the Wizard. Because once that happens for the first time, everyone starts scrambling to pick the Wizard and it gets crazy. I mean, it just works. And it works well. I don’t think I’ve ever played this game where the ending wasn’t exciting. Everyone is trying to get their gems in the bag, but also level up, and it becomes a game of chicken to see who moves first. Choosing the Wizard is always exciting, because even if you only have 1 of your gems in the bag…”so you’re telling me there’s a chance!”
The components are great, and it is one of the most colorful games I have ever played. I won this in a random contest and had ZERO hype or expectations for it. Turns out, it is an engaging, dynamic game that is a hit every time.
Can get it fairly cheap right now: https://amzn.to/2RgUhWr
Role Selection – A mechanic in games where you choose a character, card, or token each turn and activate its abilities. This is notably different than just choosing a starting character or role at the beginning of the game.