Sunday, March 01, 2020

#6: 7 Wonders (Mark's Top 50 - 2020)

7 Wonders

  • rank: 49
  • rating: 7.77
Print Status
  • in print
Why It's On The List
  • Card drafting meets civilization building... and it's playable with 3-7 players in a pretty consistent 45 minutes. No "wonder" it got all those awards... 
Tips & Tricks:
  • I'm a big enough fan to picked up all of the available expansions - LeadersCitiesWonder Pack, Babel, Anniversary Leader & Cities cards, the Catan wonder, and Armada. And with experienced players, I like playing with all of them, though it is a bit overwhelming.
  • Cities is the easiest expansion to add to the game - and it contains the rules for team play, which is actually pretty cool.
  • Armada is quite enjoyable - and adds some nice twists to the game that require players to pay attention to more than their neighbors.
  • The laws portion of Babel and Leaders are the two most difficult expansions to add - they have lots of new symbols that can confuse players.
  • You don't have to jump on the science train to score big points - but you do need to burn up science cards for cash or wonder building to prevent others from doing it.
  • Military still doesn't make sense to me - the worst point loss you can take is -6... and it can be less than that if you can talk your neighbor(s) into a truce.
  • Here's my first look at the Cities expansion after I played the prototype.
  • I wrote a preview of the Babel expansion back in 2014 as well.
  • This is the second of two games on my list designed by Antoine Bauza.

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