7 Wonders (2nd edition)
7 Wonders takes the idea of developing a dynasty over three eras and condenses it into a fast paced card game. During the 30 minute play time you and up to 6 other players will gather resources, and use these to develop science and military strength, and build wonders.
Players will each get a player mate representing a famous ancient city. Then cards are separated into three eras by their backs, the make up of these develops as the game goes on with more useful cards appearing later on in the game. In the first era you will need to build up your resources of create a good money engine as you can usually buy what you don’t have. It’s a good idea to think about your wonders too as many of them give you a power boon. Each city will come with 2-4 wonders which adds variety to the game.
Each player is dealt a hand of 7 cards and will choose one of those cards and pass the other 6 to the player on their left. Each player then reveals the card they chose and this repeats. When all cards are played or discarded, military strength is compared with your direct neighbours and then the next age is played.
Spiel des Jahres Kennerspiel award winner, 2011
Player count: 3-7
Time: 30 minutes
Age rating: 10+