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Subject: 7 Wonders Duel...at a glance! rss

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Aaron Nix
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If you're looking for a good two player strategy game, you're in the right place.

7 Wonders Duel is a set collection game where you draft cards to collect points to march you to victory. One of the more interesting parts of the game, is that there are three different ways to end the game. You can draft enough military to over-throw your opponent, collect six different types of science cards, or be the player with the most points once all of the cards are drawn. Any if these three conditions will end the game, and emerge you victorious.

The game takes place in three rounds (ages) during which you will collect cards which carry with them certain benefits such as points, gold, military strength, science, or resources. All of these benefits lead to points other than resources which simply lead you to affording more cards and building the extremely lucrative and sought-after wonder cards. The strategy lies in the timing at which you select each card, as they are set up in a tier-system that only reveals a few cards at a time, some of which are turned upside-down until they are available. This system replaces the 'deck passing' drafting mechanism introduced in the original 7-Wonders.

What wins me over on thie game is the balance of strategy that is needed to compete in this game. The "tug-of-war" mechanism associsted witb the gathering of military cards (using s marker that pushes back and forward depending on which character purchases a military card) is to die for, and the collection of science cards as a possible win condition makes every turn relevant and engaging. This game brings about the best features of the original 7 Wonders, while bringing with it fresh new ideas and concepts that make this game feel so much different. The only drawback I would identify is this gsme does have a lot of symbols that you will need to know and keep track of throughout the game that give different effects as cards come into play. This can be somewhat overwhelming and often easy to lose track of...however this can be remedied with some careful organization and having the rule-book cheat-sheet by your side as you play.

Whether you like or own the original 7 Wonders or not, give this game a go. It is a quality gaming experience that often be hitting my table!

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