* Video Courtesy of Rodney Smith & Chris Rockne from Watch it Played Youtube Chanel (30 minute video)
The 7 Wonders Board Game Has You Building a Great City and Erecting a Marvelous Wonder
The 7 Wonders board game is one of my favorites. There are resources that need to be secured. Wood, brick, stone and ore. There are structures that need to be built like a school, library, temple and an aqueduct. I must flex my military might so I establish a barracks, an archery range, a great wall and a guard tower. During all this I erect a marvelous wonder so my memory will be indelibly etched on the minds of my neighbors!
The 7 Wonders Board Game: How to Play
You start off with a small wonder board which depicts one of the seven wonders of the ancient world and three coins. Every player is dealt seven cards.
There are three ages in 7 Wonders. Each age is played over 6 game turns in which players put into play a single card, simultaneously. The seventh card is always discarded.
The Action Steps
1. Choose a Card
Players choose a card, select one and place it face down in front of them. When everyone has selected a card they turn them over and perform their action.
2. Perform an Action
One of three actions is performed.
* Build the structure on the card placing it in your player zone face up.
* Build a stage of your glorious wonder. To do this you place the card face down partially under the stage on the board that you’re building.
* Discard the card and receive 3 coins from the bank.
3. Move On to the Next Hand
Players give the cards they have to their neighbor. In Age 1, cards are passed clockwise. In Age 2, counter-clockwise and back to clockwise in Age 3.
On the sixth game turn, the cards are not passed to your neighbor. Instead, the last card is discarded face down.
Building in 7 Wonders
In 7 Wonders you build many different kinds of structures. Some are built for free while others cost money. Some require resources to build them. There are also special structures that will allow you to build a related structure later on for free.
Building a stage of your great wonder requires resources.
The resources your city has are found on it’s Wonder board, brown cards, gray cards and on some of it’s yellow cards. These resources are available to you every turn.
If you don’t have all the resources you need you can purchase them from a neighboring city (the player to your left and right). This will cost you 2 coins unless you have a special card that allows you to purchase it for one. Players can never refuse to trade.
Selling a resource does not prevent it’s owner from being able to use it, the same turn, for their own construction.
There are an array of cards that give players special benefits, a discount on certain kinds of resources or grant you money.
End of an Age
At the end of an age is the resolution of military conflicts.
Each player compares the total amount of shield symbols present on their military structures (red cards) with the total of each of their neighboring cities.
* If a player has a higher total than that of a neighboring city he or she takes a Victory token. In Age 1 it’s worth one point. In Age 2, 3 points and in Age 3, 5 points.
* If a player has a lower total than that of a neighboring city a defeat token (-1 point) is taken.
* If players have the same amount of shields no tokens are taken.
Scoring at the End of the Game
The game does come with scoring sheets. Once you’re familiar with them scoring is easy.
Points are scored in several areas.
* Military Conflict Tokens
* Treasury: 1 Victory point for every three coins
* Wonder: points earned as indicated on the wonder board.
* Civilian Structure: points indicated on card
* Commercial Structures: points indicated on card
* Guilds: Points indicated on card.
* Science Structures: Depending on the cards you have.
Conclusion? 7 Wonders Rocks!
The 7 Wonders board game is a great game and it makes for a good filler game. When you are waiting for some friends to show up for a three hour game of Battlestar Galactica or Warrior Knights players can enjoy this fairly quick game while they are waiting. The graphics power the game along nicely and it’s easy to pick up.
* When introducing games to friends if you don’t feel like you can do justice to giving a game a good introduction consider playing a video instead. Case in point the Youtube video above where Rodney Smith introduces the game with some humor thrown in. I have twice sat down with friends in front of my HDTV and let Rodney do all the grunt work! Thanks Rodney & Chris!
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