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7 Wonders is a card drafting game where players pick the cards they want to build up their civilization. There are multiple paths to score victory points. The game is played over three ages, each containing more powerful cards. The player with the most victory points at the end of the third age wins. This reference is only for 3 players and up.
Set up the decks according to player number, adding the indicated number of guild cards to age III.
|Player #||Cards removed||Guild cards added|
|3||4+, 5+, 6+, 7||5|
|4||5+, 6+, 7||6|
|7||use all cards||9|
- Each player will take a Wonder
- Take 3 coins
The game is played over 3 ages. At the beginning of each age, deal 7 cards from the designated deck to each player. The players will simultaneously pick a card from their hand and place it face down, take one action, then pass the card to the adjacent player in the direction indicated on the back of the cards. This continues until the players have only 2 cards in hand. One last card is chosen and the action performed. The left over card is discarded. At the end of each round, score the military cards.
Military card scoring
Compare the number of shield icons on your tableau with your neighbors. The player with more shields gains either 1, 3, or 5 victory points depending on age. The player with fewer gains -1 VP. Keep track with military tokens. No effect if tied.
Players can choose from 1 of 3 actions
Contruct the card
Reveal the card and place it in your tableau, gaining its effects. You must be able to satisfy the construction cost or prerequisites to build it, otherwise it is discarded. All player boards initially provide a free resource as indicated. You can buy resources from your neighbors for 2 coins to meet requirement. See the the last page of the Manual for detailed card effects.
- Resources (clay, ore, stone, wood, glass, loom, papyrus)
- Science (cogs, compass, tablet)
- Brown or grey background
- Colored card
- Wonder stages
Build a Wonder stage
Instead of revealing the card, you can place the card under the first available wonder stage to build it. You need to satisfy the cost of constructing the wonder. Follow these rules when building wonders
- Building the wonder is not a requirement
- You must build from the first available stage
- You may construct stages of your wonder at any Age
- Gain the effect of the wonder when it is constructed
Discard the card for 3 coins
Discard the card face down into a discard pile for 3 coins. Any card that cannot be constructed will be discarded instead.
The game ends at the end of Age III. Resolve the military cards one last time. Calculate the final score by adding the following scores
- Civilian structures
- Commercial structures