7 Wonders Box Art

Though not the first of it’s kind, 7 Wonders is the game that brought card drafting to the masses. It plays equally well with 3-7 people (8 with an expansion), has almost no downtime, teaches easily, and stays interesting for years.

Drafthouse Rank #2

About

Description courtesy of 7 Wonders official page.

Two millennia ago, great cities were vying to dominate the eastern Mediterranean. Just outside of Cairo lay massive, enduring feats of engineering: the Pyramids and Great Sphinx of Giza. At Halikarnassós a Persian king erected his own palatial tomb, the Mausoleum, and deep in the Persian Empire’s deserts flourished the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Soon Greece began to construct giant temples and statues in cities from Éphesos to Olympía to Alexandria, where the Ptolemies built a towering lighthouse that shone out across the sea.

In 7 Wonders, a card game for two to seven players, you guide an ancient city from its first foundations to its greatest achievements. Your goal is to surpass your neighbors by developing better technologies, creating a richer culture, conquering in war, and constructing magnificent architectural marvels. Across three Ages you will expand and advance your city, and at the end of each Age you will take up arms against your opponents. The player with the most victory points wins.

Designed by Antoine Bauza, 7 Wonders is one of the most award-winning board games of all time. It has received the 2011 Kennerspiel des Jahres and Deutscher Spielpreis, the Dice Tower awards for 2010 Best Game of the Year and Best Game Artwork, and the 2011 Golden Geek Award from Board Game Geek, among numerous others.

Designer: Antoine Bauza

Artist: Miguel Coimbra

Basic Stats

Players 2-7
Playing Time 30 Minutes
Complexity Medium
Player Interaction Frequent, but non-confrontational.