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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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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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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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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 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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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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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'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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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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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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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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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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When can I activate the special Halicarnassus effect?

The rules do say it (English base game rules, page 8 and also page 9, for the wonder The Mausoleum of Halicarnassus): Clarification: this special ability takes place at the end of the turn in which ...
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Clarification for Secret warehouse

Yes, she can. The game's creator weighs in a few posts down at this BGG thread Secret Warehouse & Black Market depend of your resource icons present on your "board" So if you have a ...
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In 7 Wonders, can you make an informed decision on which resources to draft?

The last pages in the rulebook have a tree showing all the structures, what they cost, when they become available, and which structures allow them to be built for free. I'm not aware of something ...
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Can Debt tokens be taken to pay any coin costs?

You may only take Debt tokens if a card with the Debt icon would cause a loss of coins for you. So you may not decide to take Debt tokens instead of paying for a building (or for anything else). ...
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Mannekin Pis A copying Stonehenge B

Mannekin Pis uses its own tucked card. The ability copies the effect of the wonder to their left. This essentially means it gains the text of the other wonder stage. That text is: "At the end of ...
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Can a resource card be used more than once in a turn when allowed to build more than one structure?

The gamer designer (Antoine Bauza) answered a similar question: When playing both cards in round 6 to build two buildings: Can you use one resource twice for each of the buildings? Yes,...
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Technically highest 7 Wonders score

I'm back with 329 in a 7-player leaders, cities, wonderpack, promo leader game. No science used! Wonders used are Great Wall (B) Left, Byzantium (B) West, Manneken Pis (B) You, Roma (B) East and ...
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7 Wonders Look Through Discard Order

From the FAQ at the end of the Wonder Pack rules: If multiple players take cards from the discard pile during a given turn, the resolution order is the following: Halikarnassós, The Great Wall, ...
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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?

Well, the first step to changing your mindset is realizing that your strategy could be improved, which you have already done. One big problem with monolithic strategies is that they can be readily ...
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Is the number coins a private information

The only secret information in 7 wonders are the cards currently in your hand and cards that have been discarded* (either for gold, wonder stage or end of age discard), everything else is public ...
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Specific case when Berenice is in play

The Cities rules say about "Debts" (on page 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 ...
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Is there an order in which the leaders effect applies?

None of the rulebooks specify an order to scoring the cards at the end of the game (leaders or otherwise), so it looks like Alice can apply them in whatever order she chooses.
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When can a guild be cloned based on Olympia's B stage 3?

Rules (page 9) say: for the third stage, the choice of the Guild is made at the end of the game, when counting points. The player totals the victory points as they had built that Guild. Since ...
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What's the best way to explain 7 Wonders to a new player?

Teaching games is something of a art, that you'll get better at with more practise. You're right that explaining things in certain ways can lead to more confusion that it's worth. To mitigate this I ...
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Babel tower tile #15 (ignore resource cost for Wonder) overpowered?

You have played correctly; tile #15 indeed lets you construct wonder stages without paying the resource cost. It's very true that some Wonders will benefit much more: Gizah B, with its massive 4 ...
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