2 – 7 Players (Solo Variants are available: 7 Wonders Solitaire Variant and Solitaire with 2 AIs and are quite good), 30 Minutes playing time, Ages 10 and up. 7 Wonders scores in the high 7’s on Board Game Geek, and even more impressively rates in three different categories: Top 50 Overall, Top 60 Strategy, and Top 5 Family game – quite impressive! Players really enjoy this game, and it’s considered a staple of anyone who enjoys board or card games. Best part, by the time the base game is played numerous times there are readily available expansions that immediately add replayability and challenge to this base game to continue the fun! Manufacturer: Asmodee. Categories: Ancient, Card Game, City Building, Civilization, and Economic. Game Mechanics: Card Drafting, Drafting, Hand Management, Set Collection, Simultaneous Action Selection, and Variable Player Powers.
How to Play:
7 Wonders. You are the leader of one of the 7 great cities of the Ancient World. Gather resources, develop commercial routes, and affirm your military supremacy. Build your city and erect an architectural wonder which will transcend future times.
7 Wonders lasts three ages. In each age, players receive seven cards from a particular deck, choose one of those cards, then pass the remainder to an adjacent player. Players reveal their cards simultaneously, paying resources if needed or collecting resources or interacting with other players in various ways. (Players have individual boards with special powers on which to organize their cards, and the boards are double-sided). Each player then chooses another card from the deck they were passed, and the process repeats until players have six cards in play from that age. After three ages, the game ends.
In essence, 7 Wonders is a card development game. Some cards have immediate effects, while others provide bonuses or upgrades later in the game. Some cards provide discounts on future purchases. Some provide military strength to overpower your neighbors and others give nothing but victory points. Each card is played immediately after being drafted, so you’ll know which cards your neighbor is receiving and how his choices might affect what you’ve already built up. Cards are passed left-right-left over the three ages, so you need to keep an eye on the neighbors in both directions.
Though the box of earlier editions is listed as being for 3–7 players, there is an official 2-player variant included in the instructions, and there are solo-variants available developed by fans as well – which are surprisingly good.
|Dimensions||11.25 × 11.25 × 3 in|