7 Wonders: Armada Review

The latest 7 wonders expansion. Is it any good? Spoiler Alert: Yes, yes it is. Read about it here.

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7 Wonders: Armada

Posted on November 26th, 2018 by Admin
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7 Wonders: Armada

THE FACTS

Designer: Antoine Bauza

Contents

8 fleet boards 48 Naval Conflict tokens
32 Ship figures (8 each in 4 colors) 31 Victory tokens
24 Armada cards 11 value 1 tokens
8 AgeI cards 12 value 3 tokens
8 AgeII cards 7 value 5 tokens
8 AgeIII cards 1 value 7 token
27 island cards 17 defeat tokens
9 of level 1 7 value -1 tokens
9 of level 2 5 value -2 tokens
9 of level 3 5 value -3 tokens
2 Incursion tokens 6 Ground Conflict tokens
6 coins of value 6 3 Victory tokens
4 game aids 1 value 1 token
2 Naval Conflicts/ Discard 1 value 3 token
2 Naval Conflicts/Turn resolution 1 value 5 token
Score booklet 3 Defeat value -1 tokens
Rulebook  

 

Blue Card with Naval ability

Overview

This 7 Wonders expansion allows you to build fleets of Ships to conquer the seas. New Armada and Island cards enrich the game and increase the interaction between players.

The flow of the game is slightly changed, but the victory conditions remain identical to those of the base game of 7 Wonders.

At the beginning of each Age, the players each get a hand of 8 cards. They will play an extra card during each Age. At any time a Red, Yellow, Green, or Blue card is played, the player will be able to move the ship of the same color one space, and access to various advantages.

Set up

The set up remains pretty much the same, you add the same amount armada card to each age as there are players, in the same way the black cards are added in Cities.

The islands are shuffled according to their age and put in 3 face down decks.

Give all players a fleet board, which is to be placed next to the wonder, and each players recieves ships of each colors; Red, Yellow, Green, and Blue.

Rule changes

There are some slight changes to the rules, and some changes to some of the game semantics:

  • Military conflict is now refered to as Ground Conflict.
  • Shields are now Ground Shields.
  • The new cards are called Armada Cards.
  • After the the Ground Conflict, there is now a Naval Conflict stage, where you make naval warfare against ALL other players.
  • You may now move a ship on you fleet board when you discard a card, instead of gaining the 3 coins.
  • There is now a cap of 10 points for the guild cards.

The fleet boards

This is the biggest gameplay changer, but it's pretty straight forward.

A player who has played a Red, Yellow, Blue, or Green card will have the option to pay an additional cost in order to move the ship of the same color one space on the fleet board.

Island

The islands

The islands are discovered with the Green tack on the fleet board and gives you access to private resources, Ground Shields, Naval Shields etc. 

OPINION

 The good stuff:

  • This expansion was bound to add more interaction between players, for example to wake war on your non-neighbors in 4+ player games, which it suceeds with.
  •  One extra card per age is nice, which makes it 9 in total with Cities.
  • More paths to victory, thanks to the fleet boards, and the islands.
  • The fleet boards different, (and with different wonder track) make Wonder + board pairing a unique challenge to solve
  • Straightforward rules, if you have played 7W before this will not be a problem to get started with.
  • You now have another options except the 3 coins when discarding a card, which is nice.
  • A new Wonder!
  • The introduction of the a 10VP cap on the Guild Cards.. Very welcome :)

The bad, sort of:

  • The science cards (the green cards) might make going for 1 type of science stronger than collecting the sets.
  • Might be hard to keep track of oponents naval strenghts.
  • Ship miniatures tend to fall off the tracks from time to time.

CONCLUSION

This expansion makes good on its promises on increased interaction, and adds alot of content without slowing the game too much.

A very welcomed addition to the family! Our favorite along with cities

Oh, and the rules are avaible here

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