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7 Wonders: Leaders
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- For 2 to 7 players
- 40 minutes of playtime
- 7 Wonders, leaders will add 40 new cards to the base game of 7 Wonders, comprising four new guilds and 36 new, white "Leader" cards
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The Leaders expansion addresses this problem head-on. In addition to increasing the number of available guilds, at the start of the game the players are dealt 4 cards each from a deck of historical leaders such as Julius Caesar, Leonidas, and Plato - each with their own unique benefits. Players draft these cards and keep their set of 4 leaders hidden. At the start of each age, a player can either play play a Leader for its coin cost at the beginning of each age, discard one of them for 3 coins, or play a stage of their wonder. The number of starting coins has been increased to account for the new costs. A good set of Leaders can be the foundation for an optimal strategy that can result in some magnificent scores, but playing those leaders can advertise your intention and result in the other players harrying your efforts before they come to fruition. It's more important than ever to watch your opponents.
7 Wonders hits the table very frequently in my game group. With the addition of the Leaders expansion, I expect that to continue for a good long time.
This expansion adds a little more chance to the game, as some Leaders are much more powerful than others. Granted, they do have drawbacks (e.g. Ramses allows you to ignore build cost of Guilds, but is expensive to get out and is only helpful in the last age). After playing a few games, it does seem being lucky enough to have the right leaders with the right wonder might spell victory before the game begins. Still, if you want to add more depth to the game (at the cost of making game time run longer) its a great buy.
Rome is added as a playable Wonder, which focuses entirely on capitalizing on the new Leaders mechanic as much as possible. It's very balanced though a bit unorthodox compared to the other wonders - but the important thing is its fun to play as.
Four leaders are distributed at random to each player, at the very beginning of the game. Prior to each age, one of the leaders is selected by each player and the powers of that leader are applied to the players city. These powers vary widely, usually focusing on one aspect of the game (military, research, commerce, etc.), enhancing a player's city towards that end. This means a greater variance in how the overall game is handled by each player, creating more randomness in the overall play.
Overall, the leaders seem to balance each other out, but there was some concern among my group that the new city of Rome with the Colosseum Wonder might have been a bit too powerful. The building of that wonder allowed for the deployment of additional leaders, creating a potential imbalance compared with the other cities. If you find this to be the case as well, you can easily choose to keep Rome out of the game, and play with the rest of the Leaders expansion as it is.
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I like the added variation but most of my friends didn't enjoy it as much. Most of the time, you end up selling your leaders off to slavery instead of using their effects.Published 2 days ago by HeliosTM
I really enjoyed this expansion of the game but since leaders can be a bit strange on the luck to power scale I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Me
This expansion pack really adds a lot to the fun of 7 Wonders game playPublished 2 months ago by Jewel4dug
Leaders create a new layer to the game that makes it more randomPublished 2 months ago by Jericho Bautista
Fantastic expansion. I love the addition to the gameplay that the roles allow as well as the additional gameboards. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michael Brady
Really fun expansion to the 7 Wonders base game. I only wish it came with a couple more quick reference guides for multiple players to explain the new symbols to help expedite the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jon Solomon
Great expansion to an excellent game. Wish I bought cities first though.Published 3 months ago by Nyck