7 Wonders: Duel

Cover Art - 7 Wonders Duel
From the Publisher:

7 Wonders Duel, a two-player game in the universe of 7 Wonders, the most awarded game in the world!

Challenge your opponent and bring your civilization to victory with prestigious buildings, military strength, or scientific supremacy. All in only 30 minutes!
BGG Link https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/173346/7-wonders-duel
Designer(s) Antoine Bauza, Bruno Cathala
Publisher Repos Production
Player Count 2 Player
Estimated Playtime 30-40 min
HomePage https://www.rprod.com/en/games/7-wonders-duel

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April 18th, 2022

7 Wonders is an amazing game that I will rarely play with less than 5 players if given the choice. You can technically play it with two players, but this means adding a dummy player to the mix. This is, in my opinion, the worst possible way to play 7 Wonders.

So I was super happy when 7 Wonders Duel was announced. Very similar to the ‘full’ game, but designed for 2 players only. Instead of drafting from hands of cards, players buy cards from solitaire like pyramids. Or discard them for gold. Or use them to build a Wonder.

For fans of 7 Wonders that want to play two-player only, 7 Wonders Duel is an amazing game.

20220418 - 7 Wonders Duel - Aggressive Solitaire
Card Drafting has been replaced with ‘aggressive solitaire’

It has been a time since I played 7 Wonders Duel. Four years, according to BG Stats. During that time, my memories of engine building in the game had become muddled. I thought scoring and speed were like 7 Wonders Architects.

While explaining 7 Wonders Duel to Rabbit over chat, I remembered how convoluted it actually is. 7 Wonders players will slip into Duel instantly, but explaining it to a new player can be daunting.

20220418 - 7 Wonders Duel - Resource much more like 7 Wonders
Resources are just like the ‘full’ 7 Wonders, and harder to track for new players than Architects

With no multiple decks to shuffle and set up to handle, I thought Rabbit and I would get through a game in 10 minutes. Including explanations, the first game took a smidge over 40 minutes. The second game was still close to a half-hour.

I am confident that if both players are familiar with 7 Wonders, 7 Wonders Duel on Board Game Arena can be finished in 10 minutes. Rabbit and I just weren’t at this level.

Maybe I can talk a couple of others into playing with me, as I wouldn’t mind playing some of the expansions. Both are available on Board Game Arena, and I like the idea of trying before considering buying them.