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  • More "Wheel of Fortune" Changes
    Saturday, August 19, 2006

    We just got word about more "Wheel of Fortune" changes. The Buzzer reader who stated them wished to be unnamed.

    The Jackpot space is now a $500 space also. Everytime the space is hit, $500 is added to the jackpot. Also, the player receives $500 each time the letter appears. There is no visual change to the Jackpot space.

    MAJOR MIDSEASON CHANGE: Coming in somewhere in the middle of the season is the "Wild Card". It's basically one of the old cardboard wedges, and you earn it the same way. Land on it, get a letter right, you receive it. What you can do with that is when you spin the wheel and guess a letter correctly, you may surrender the Wild Card for another guess. Obviously, the best strategy here would be to save it until you get the biggest value. You can't do this for prizes obviously, but you can on the Jackpot space and on unturned Mystery Wedges, worth $1,000 each.

    An extra wrinkle to the Wild Card: If you are brave enough to carry it into the bonus round, you are allowed to select another consonant, making it 4 consonants and a vowel. So, as always, what do you guys think of the changes? Personally, it still doesn't make "Wheel of Fortune" appointment TV, or even casual TV, for me, but I will watch to see the new changes.
    posted by Alex Davis * Permalink 
    9 Comments:
    • Permalink, Anonymous Anonymous said…

      While I like the wild card idea, I think most people who watch/play Wheel of Fortune will be too dumb to understand it. Reminds me of that double $ card they used to have that let you double your spin amount before you spun. Lots of those just went unused.

       
    • Permalink, Anonymous OhioWeatherman said…

      I agree with above but I do like the idea to give a small twist to a long running show.

       
    • Permalink, Anonymous Craig Karlberg said…

      I like the Jackpot change because not only the money is added to the pot, that $500 is added to his/her score per constanant.

      As for the Wild Card, it's an idea that's been long overdie. It's better than the Double Play(if that was the first poster was trying to say) wedge. And it adds a new twist to the bonus round. My feeling is 9 out of every 10 players will save it for the bonus round. I only wish there was a choice to get either an extra vowel ot constanant upon the Wild Card's usage.

      I'm anxious to see what it looks like & what round it first appears in 2007.

       
    • Permalink, Anonymous Marc412 said…

      Making the Jackpot space a $500 is a welcome addition--often, a player lands on the Jackpot space early in the round, guesses a letter, and he can't cash in because he can't solve it. At least now he gets money for the letter.

      The wild card idea sounds cool, too.

       
    • Permalink, Anonymous Donald said…

      I think that is a great new twist to the game. If the wild card space was done before, I don't remember it. And I'm a Wheel Watcher since I was a baby.

       
    • Permalink, Blogger JeopWheelFan said…

      OK, I'm a bit confused about this Wild Card space. So apparently, how it works is, you land on a space, call an incorrect letter, then you can use it again as if you've then spun the wheel and landed on that space a second time? So it's like the Free Spin, only trying for that space again rather than spinning the wheel again? If that's the case, why does it "obviously" not work for prizes while it does for the Jackpot and Mystery wedges? It's not like something happens to a prize immediately after you call a letter incorrectly. Just like with the Jackpot and Mystery Wedges, it just stays on the wheel after that, if and until next landed on. Or do you not mean the prize added to the wheel in the first round?Please explain it further. Though I did get the part about it being used for a fourth consonant in the Bonus Round! That really sounds fabulous! And also, will it be a full wedge like the Jackpot and Mystery Round, or just a little round disc like the gift tags and free spin? I really would rather not have to wait til midseason to find out more about this! And I saw it debuts Nov. 20, probably just after their return from Dallas. Is that true? If not, when is its debut?

       
    • Permalink, Blogger Alex Davis said…

      OK, if you call a letter CORRECTLY, you can use it again. It's just an extra letter with a correct guess, basically. Nothing fancy. No idea about what happens if it lands on a prize space, but that's rare so we'll have to see. As far as I know, it's a round disc.

       
    • Permalink, Blogger JeopWheelFan said…

      Alex, I understand that if you call a letter correctly WHEN YOU LAND ON IT, you pick it up, and like any other thing you land on, you don't pick it up if you call a letter incorrectly. But once you pick it up, it's ON A FUTURE TURN that when you call a letter incorrectly, you can use it to get a second shot at that space, like the Free Spin but with a second shot at the space where you guessed the incorrect letter rather than with another turn. Is that correct? If so, I don't see how that could not apply to the prize.
      Also, I saw that there'll be more glittered wedges. Does that mean that they'll have dollar amounts other than $2500, $3500, and $5000 for top dollar values, or more rounds with special spaces like the $10,000 space in Round 1?

       
    • Permalink, Anonymous Craig Karlberg said…

      ICK! Just what we didn't need. More glitter on the wheel. The top $ ones are fine as they are. If they gonna do that, they should wait untill next season to mark their silver season in syndication, not now. Yeesh!

       
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