7 Wonders

“That Through the Ages is a good game, but it’s too long, too complex, not accessible enough.  We need to make it shorter, faster.  I know!  Let’s make Through the Ages meets Hearts!”

In the hands of Hollywood, that’s how we get the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen; in the hands of Antoine Bauza, it’s how we get a masterpiece.  Over three periods, you use a simple mechanic of pick a card, play a card, pass what’s left of the cards to the next person to build an empire of armies, markets, and secret societies – all of which lets you generate stones, wood, clay, money to build more, more, MORE!   That being said, 7 Wonders may offer too many options and too many strategies for someone not deeply into boardgaming or who suffers from analysis paralysis.  It’s a great game – one that you should introduce to people who like Dominion or Sushi Go.