7 Wonders, the card drafting, set collection game where players are the leader of one of the seven great cities of the Ancient World. Players will build up their civilisation building Wonders, Civic buildings, Economic buildings and military strength. 7 Wonders is played over three ages, where players receive and draft cards to be played in to their civilisation, paying resources to play the cards accordingly. These cards have various immediate effects, discounts on future purchases, military strength and victory points.
It is a quintessential game for a lot of board gamers and is well known and well loved by a plethora of fans. The end of October will see another expansion released for the game; 7 Wonders Armada.
What we know!
7 Wonders Armada has been in the making for almost seven years now. It is an expansion for the core game and can be combined with any of the already available expansions. This expansion introduces a separate naval player board, sitting alongside each player's original player. The naval board contains ships in various colours (red, green, yellow and blue) which are tracked and moved on the new board.
As well as a new player board extension there are also new cards (red, green, yellow and blue) which are shuffled in to the main deck of cards from the base game. There is also a slight change to the rule set to accommodate the new board. When any red, green, yellow or blue card is purchased the player can move their ship in the respective colour along the naval board, paying the respective costs. Depending on which ship is moved and how far, various bonuses are awarded based on the colour of the ship.
The red ship represents the naval strength of your empire (and ties in with the red military cards nicely). At the end of the era all player’s compare their naval strength and earn victory points based on how strong their naval strength is. Yellow and blue ships allow you to gain more money and bonus victory points. The green ship adds an additional exploration mechanic to the game. At various points on the green track new islands are discovered which are represented by a deck of cards. These new islands add new resources and additional strength to your empire.
Initial Thoughts on 7 Wonders Armada
7 Wonders Armada does not offer a massive change to the base game, but I think it offers enough extra content and gameplay to make it a worthy addition for any 7 Wonders fans. There are extra cards to increase the replay-ability of the game, the extra board extension with the different coloured ships and bonuses is a nice addition and the added island cards tie in with the nautical theme nicely. All in all I think this is a solid addition to the 7 Wonders world.
It will be interesting to see how this plays as a single expansion with the main game and with all the other expansions available for 7 Wonders. It does add another layer of strategy to the game and hopefully it will integrate seamlessly with the other expansions.
7 Wonders Armada is due to be released at the end of October. If you are a fan of 7 Wonders, or fancy changing up the gameplay a little then 7 Wonders Armada is worth checking out. I will certainly be checking this out when it is released.