Tuesday, February 18, 2020

#18: 7 Wonders Duel (Mark's Top 50 - 2020)

7 Wonders Duel

  • rank: 16
  • rating: 8.11
Print Status
  • in print
Why It's On The List
  • There was a 2 player variant in the original 7 Wonders box... but it wasn't particularly interesting. Enter 7 Wonders Duel, which managed to capture the drafting "feel" of the original game but work perfectly for 2 players.
Tips & Tricks:
  • There are three ways to win: military, science, and points... focusing on military or science can force your opponent to fight to stop you - and short circuit their plans.
  • Wise use of money is key to winning - being cash poor gives your opponent freedom to leave cards out that you can't use.
  • The combination of yellow (commmercial) cards and burning cards for cash (increased by each yellow card you have) can be an effective strategy to deny players important cards while increasing your coffers.
  • The picture above includes the excellent Pantheon expansion... and the designer and publisher have both been Tweeting about work on a second expansion.
  • The app (which was just recently released) actually has a very good AI.
  • This is the first of two games on my top 50 list designed by Antoine Bauza - and I'm willing to bet you can guess what the second one is.

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