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What's the best way to explain 7 Wonders to a new player?

I find that using the rulebook is often not the best way to teach 7 Wonders. There's a lot of text there. While a "here are your cards, let's go approach," can work well, most new players appreciate ...
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Dealing Age 3 - what to do with the two extra cards?

There are no extra cards in a correctly prepared deck. The base game contains: 49 Age I cards 49 Age II cards 50 Age III cards (There is one additional Age III card so that there are never all ...
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Are "East trading post" and "West trading post" considered identical structures?

The East and West Trading Posts are considered separate structures because they have a different name and illustration. Using the short form on the Forum card indicates that either the East or West ...
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Can the Wonder that pulls from the discard pile be used multiple times?

You can use this ability one time only: exactly at the end of the turn in which this stage is built (not at the end of the Age!). (And note that it’s not only for cards from the "previously played ...
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Buying resources from your neighbor

You can only buy the amount that they have. Here are the relevant rules: The resources of a city are produced by its Wonder board, its brown cards, its gray cards, and some yellow cards. To build a ...
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Precondition costs for structures built with Halicarnassus "build for free"?

There are no building prerequisites. The building names next to the cost indicate that you may construct the building for free, without having to fulfill the resource cost. From the rulebook, p. 4: ...
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Technically highest 7 Wonders score

I believe I can get to 231 using the restrictions of the OP, being a 3 player game and only the Leaders and Cities expansions. Wonders used are Byzantium (A) West, Babylon (B) You, and Roma (B) East. ...
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7 wonders: copying science

The rules state: At the end of the game, each mask allows the controlling player to copy the scientific symbol of a green card present in one of the two neighboring cities. If a player possesses ...
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Does monetary loss to everyone not affect your partner?

If you are playing by the official Cities rules, it clearly states When a player puts in play a card which causes a monetary loss, the player’s teammate must also pay that loss. The thread you ...
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Does this 7 Wonders analysis make any sense?

The analysis is technically correct, but practically kind of wrong. Every choice of card in 7 Wonders comes with an opportunity cost, which is to say, "What are you giving up by choosing this card ...
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Is the number coins a private information

Your coins are kept on your board. The number of coins you have can therefore easily be seen or checked by the other players. Rules: Each player begins the game with 3 value “1” coins which they ...
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7 wonders rules about science in wonders

EDIT: The rulebook doesn't say what the Croatian translation may imply. It specifies exactly the opposite: 2.b. Build a Stage of a Wonder To build each stage of his or her Wonder, the player will use ...
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Does Babylon's wonder count for scientific structure victory points?

Babylon's A second stage (or B's third stage) allows you to get one scientific symbol of your choice at the end of the game, if you have built it. If you do, it counts for the scientific points. It ...
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7 Wonders: Do board resources (brown and gray) count for VPs when counting guild and commerce points?

No. The guilds in question specifically award points for cards. Workers Guild: 1 victory point for each brown card present in the neighboring cities. Shipowners Guild: 1 victory point for each brown, ...
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7 wonders Alexandria side A special ability

I assume you inquire about stage #2 of side A. According to the Rules, p. 8: the player gains a resource of their choice from the 4 Raw material types [Stone, Clay, Wood, Ore] every turn. ...
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What's the best way to explain 7 Wonders to a new player?

I think most board games become easier to play when you try to breakdown the wall of the game, with the wall of reality (3rd wall in film). What's important is to use the thematic nature of the game ...
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Can I use rewards from a just-bought building to pay the participation cost of a Great Project?

The language used to describe how to participate in Great Projects indicates when you need to pay the cost. Unlike monetary losses, which are "always resolved at the end of a turn, after players have ...
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Technically highest 7 Wonders score

I have a score of 250 points, using Leaders, Cities and 2 wonders from the Wonder Pack. I score 229 from science, 18 from war and 3 from coins. The strategy focuses on science, and grabs an easy 18 ...
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How is the card action phase resolved in 7 Wonders?

According to the rulebook this phase is resolved simultaneously: Once every player has selected his or her card, they perform their action simultaneously. Three actions are possible with the ...
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Ramses and Babel tile 23: are Guilds free or do you have to pay coins?

With Ramses in effect, guilds are still free. This is the reason Babel tile 23 specifies "construction of guilds via resources" is forbidden. Antoine Bauza (the game's creator) was asked this ...
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May you choose *not* to use your own resources and buy them instead?

As stated by the rules (English Rules, p. 4), you're required to use your own resources first and buy the missing afterwards. Often, a player will want to build a structure requiring resources he ...
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When can the "build a wonder stage for free" tokens be used?

You have to also use a card, as in the base game. In order to understand it better, look at the previous token, "construct a building for free". The player takes from the reserve a corresponding ...
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Are the A-sides and B-sides of the wonder boards really balanced?

[EDIT] As promised I'm getting back with more stats. TL;DR: You can view an interactive version of the stats in this js fiddle There are 3 tables. One for sides only, one for wonders only and one for ...
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What is the timing of building and paying debt?

According to the cities rulebook, p. 4: Important: Monetary losses are always resolved at the end of a turn, after players have played their cards, possibly having paid for trade and/or obtained ...
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Can you use Halicarnassus to build a duplicate card?

The base rule (p. 5) of forbidding duplicate cards is always in effect: (emphasis mine) Important: a player can never build two identical structures (meaning those with the same name/the same ...
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Timing conflict with debt card effect

From the Cities rule book (4): Important: monetary losses are always resolved at the end of a turn, after players have played their cards, possibly having paid for trade and/or obtained money... ...
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I tend to focus on one aspect of a game. How do I take the necessary balanced approach that's necessary in games like Seven Wonders?

7 Wonders is a game that rewards flexibility. Moreso than anything else, the winner will be the one who has identified the key weaknesses in the rest of the players and exploits that. The problem ...
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7 Wonders: Why do resources on the board have colored background?

From the rulebook: The resources a player can buy from their neighboring cities are: • the resources initially produced by the city (as indicated on the board) • the resources from its brown cards (...
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Seven wonders building a stage

You can use any resources, including those from yellow cards. Paying for a Wonder stage is pretty much the same as paying for a structure on a card. The only difference between resources produced by ...
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7 Wonders (Cities Expansion): War from both sides due to Peace Tokens

Once only. According to the cities rulebook, p. 5: If there are ever only 2 players left during a conflict resolution, they only face each other once and each take a single token.
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