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The Ultimate Wizard Battle Game List

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08 Aug 2019 08:46 - 12 Aug 2019 16:58 #300557 by hotseatgames
I've been thinking about compiling this list for a long time... there are a LOT of games out there involving wizard battles; for the sake of argument, let's consider candidates for this list to be games that prominently feature magic being used directly against players, basically a magical death match. I am missing many, many games, so help me flesh this out. Perhaps then we can rank them.

  1. Wiz-War
  2. Epic Spell Wars
  3. Mystery Wizard
  4. Mage Wars
  5. Zimby Mojo
  6. Wizard
  7. Magic: The Gathering
  8. Frostgrave
  9. Summoner Wars
  10. Codex
  11. Harry Potter duel game (?)
  12. Ashes
  13. Magic the Gathering: Arena of the Planeswalkers
  14. Sorcerer (1975)
  15. Sorcerer (2019)
  16. Black Rose Wars
Last edit: 12 Aug 2019 16:58 by hotseatgames.
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08 Aug 2019 08:53 #300559 by Jackwraith
The original Wizard, from Metagaming (alongside Melee, Ogre, and G.E.V)?

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08 Aug 2019 09:04 #300561 by Sevej
Waiting for the elephant in the room *finger drumming*
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08 Aug 2019 09:23 #300562 by Michael Barnes
I believe there is a card game about wizards.

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08 Aug 2019 12:49 #300574 by Josh Look
I was just thinking about revisiting Mage Wars, but I’ve got boxes and boxes of unopened Magic boosters with more on the way. Talked myself out of it pretty fast.

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09 Aug 2019 11:09 #300610 by drewcula
Summoner Wars? IDK.

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09 Aug 2019 11:23 #300612 by hotseatgames
I don't personally think Summoner Wars counts, but I'll add it if there is a consensus.

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09 Aug 2019 11:47 - 09 Aug 2019 11:48 #300613 by Vysetron
Summoner Wars definitely belongs. Ashes too.

I've been calling Magic wannabes "wizard fights" for a while now, but most of them aren't really worth mentioning. I honestly can't even think of any to add right now.

I'm gonna rank the games here that I've played enough to form opinions on, because why not. Wiz-War gets excluded because one play ages ago isn't enough.

Zimby Mojo - A celebration of conflict in game form. Tough to table, but worth it.

Mystery Wizard - The second half of Zimby Mojo turned into an entire game. A simpler alternative that's no less funny.

Summoner Wars - One of the best wizard fight games ever made. Huge character spread, deck construction, strategies, etc.

Magic: The Gathering - The classic. It's been outdone by now, but respect where it's due.

Mage Wars - Similar to Summoner Wars but overwrought with keywords, status effects, and assorted wackiness.

Ashes - Started strong, then Asmodee happened and Plaid Hat floundered. Now it's overwrought and no one plays it.

Epic Spell Wars - This game fits on this list thematically, but it's definitely not doing the same thing. As a Munchkin alternative it's pretty damn good.
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09 Aug 2019 14:59 #300623 by n815e
There’s Codex and the new Harry Potter dueling game.

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10 Aug 2019 10:27 #300632 by drewcula
I guess Magic the Gathering: Arena of the Planeswalkers should be in there.

I would rather play Heroscape, but there's no way around it; Planeswalkers checks off all of the boxes.

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10 Aug 2019 10:38 #300633 by drewcula
I've never played, but Sorcerer (2019) seems to fit the bill too.
Sorcerer (1975) certainly makes the list.
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10 Aug 2019 12:20 #300635 by Shellhead

drewcula wrote: I've never played, but Sorcerer (2019) seems to fit the bill too.
Sorcerer (1975) certainly makes the list.


I thought that Sorcerer (1975) was about guys driving a truckload of nitroglycerine on rough roads in the Andes.
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12 Aug 2019 16:21 #300677 by cdennett
Black Rose Wars should probably be in the discussion, as well. I've played it once, not as good as Wiz War, but it has some interesting decisions.
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