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Store:  Strategy Games
Series:  Wiz-War
Theme:  Fantasy
Genre:  Beer & Pretzels, Maze
Format:  Board Games


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Play Time Players
60-120 minutes 2-4

Designer(s): Tom Jolly

Manufacturer(s): Chessex

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Product Description

Wiz-War is a card and board game of battling wizards and stolen treasures! Each wizard starts with 2 treasures in his sector and 7 cards which represent spells he or she can cast as the game progresses. As the Wizards use spells against each other, they replenish their "spell hand" with fresh spells from the deck of cards. Eventually one Wizard will move into other player's sectors and steal away the two treasures needed to win the game, taking advantage of his or her spells to perform such actions as becoming invisible, turning to mist, creating walls, casting fireballs, making thorn bushes, forcing other players to drop objects, along with numerous other actions available in the deck of cards. Wizards have a chance to draw from 65 different types of cards as they combat one another--possibly to the death!

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Tom Jolly

  • Manufacturer(s): Chessex

  • Year: 1997

  • Players: 2 - 4

  • Time: 60 - 120 minutes

  • Weight: 365 grams

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.2 in 8 reviews

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Wacky, and that's why it is fun
July 29, 2004

The best thing about Wiz-War is that, at its core, it is funny. I mean, you can cast a spell that renders your opponent helpless for several rounds, in a stupifyingly silly way! In what game can you actually neutralize your opponent by making him your 'Buddy' (he can't attack you unless you attack him first)?

The variety of cards (shown a popular concept by the multiple expansion sets and the blank cards provided that invite you to make up your own) is just testament that the game is not so much about strategic elegance as it is about upredictable sillyness.

And for that, it is a great game.

Wiz-war: more fun than you can shake a magic stick at.
October 29, 2001

In Wiz-War, players are wizards battling each other for possession of treasures in a labyrinth made of stone walls and wooden doors. While attempting to steal their opponents' treasures, they must defend their own by magically creating and removing obstacles (including monsters), using magic items, and even directly attacking one another.

Imagination, direct player interaction, and high replay value make Wiz-War a sure bet for fun. Blank cards are also included (and Chessex sells more) so that you can add your own spells. That means the variety need never run out.

Wiz-War has gone through several editions, now licensed to Chessex, and two compatible expansions by game designer Tom Jolly are both sold out and out of print.

The Classic Edition is possibly the last reprint of the game compatible with with earlier editions and expansions--that is, with spell cards printed from the same stock and pattern. It also includes a few improvements on earlier versions (e.g., 'Buddy' is now an attack).

A future edition is planned including favorite spells from some of those expansions. Meanwhile, the Classic Edition belongs on everybody's game shelf. It isn't a perfect game, but how can I give fewer than 5 stars to something I've played about 300 times?

Wacky fun for a cheap price
April 11, 2000

This is a small little game that packs a big punch of fun. The object of the game is to capture 2 of your opponents' treasures with your wizard. Each player has two of his own tresures near his wizard's starting point.

However, every player is also armed with 7 cards. The best thing about this game is the large deck of cards provided and the multitude of unique cards that you can play. They do anything from damaging a wizard (a wizard has 15 life points), create obstacles, rotate the board, up your card capacity, or create magical artifacts.

Best Beer and Pretzel Game on the Market!
December 26, 1999

Hunt down other players' wizards and kill them or be sneaky and steal treasure; both play styles can win the game. This is the type of game where you can never tell who will win and things are always changing. My gaming group loves this game more than any other board game we play. It has the right amount of strategy, luck and best of all, humor that blend into an excelent playing experience. The only drawback that I can find is that the Expansion sets that add a great deal to the game are almost impossible to find. Chessex is currently not making the expansions, but try looking up Tom Jolly, the games creator to get them. Get Wiz War, find the expansions, and let the madness begin!

(If you can not get the expansions, get a second copy so that you can play with more than 4 players. Metal miniatures to represent the players also add a lot to the game. Look on the Net for more reviews and FAQs for the game.)

by Paul
GREAT fun chaos
December 31, 1999

This game always makes you think you're 1 move from winning, but nobody really knows until that last wizard carries that last chest home (through that hole in the wall that wasn't there last turn, and you really would have won if that stone didn't appear blocking your way right after that blast of water blew you up the hall...)

Get the game, the expansions, and let it roar. This game is incredible fun with 2, and outrageous with more.

One hour of fun.
December 10, 1999

Call me a sucker for games that are just plain fun. Fine with me. Wiz-War is one such game. It contains just enough strategy to be addictive, and more than enough humor to have players of all ages engaged (and trying to zap or swat each other). Great replayability. A bit of a sleeper, Wiz-War deserves a place on most gamers' shelves.

by Scala
Average at best?
August 03, 2004

Played this several times with different people and while I will say it is not a poor game, its also not a great one that creates an addiction.

I would place games like Talisman, Fossil and Sanctuary of Thieves in the same interest level category - nice to look at, plays fine the first time, but after that, 'oh thats it?' with no urge at all to replay it, other than to see if we missed something the last time round, since these games do have fans.

In short, I would recommend that you play it first (somehow?) and then only if you do like it, and I'm sure some would, then go ahead and buy it.

Otherwise, many other super games to spend money on!

Wacky, yes; Fun, marginally
September 06, 2001

This is another among the group of games to occupy the list of 'once was really popular but now seems, well, old'.

This game was really cool back when we played [page scan/se=0834/sf=category/fi=stockall.asc/ml=20]D&D (or, the first bits of AD&D) in high school. It was fun to run around the maze playing magical miniatures. It's obvious that it's a miniatures game by the use of 'line of sight' rules. But the cards were fun and the spells could cause very unpredictable things to happen (like going blind, e.g.).

But we've played a few times since those days and it seems that the game takes longer than we had recalled. Of course, twenty years ago, a twelve-hour game seemed just about right, but nowadays a 90-minute game of mage showdown seems tedious. Maybe this game is for a much younger crowd.

It is worth noting, though, that the idea of battling opposing magicians by attempting to knock their life force down from 20 points to zero by using a bunch of variable magic spell cards seems to have been re-born into another game called [page scan/se=0534/sf=category/fi=stockall.asc/ml=20]Magic: The Gathering. I wonder if Tom Jolly gets royalties from Wizards of the Coast.

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