by W. Eric Martin
When Belgian publisher Repos Production introduced something titled “7 Wonders Mystery” in April 2021, everyone was hoping for a new expansion for Antoine Bauza’s classic card-drafting game 7 Wonders or at least something playable related to that game, but the announcement instead involved a puzzle-solving contest, which left a lot of mixed feelings among fans of the game.
Today, however, Repos Production has announced a new standalone game from Bauza — 7 Wonders: Architects, with the press release for this Q4 2021 release touting “streamlined gameplay with easy-to-understand rules and true-to-life scale recreations of the world’s wonders”. Public details about the game are minimal to this point:
Players receive an unconstructed wonder at the beginning of the game and must collect resources to build their society, develop military might to navigate conflicts, oversee resource management, research science improvements, and collect civil victory points as they race to leave their mark on world history.
Here’s a bit more from the press release for this title, which will retail for US$50:
“As I get older, I play more games with my family than a gaming group. This got me thinking about games that are welcoming to newcomers and can be enjoyed by friends and families,” Antoine Bauza, the creator of the 7 Wonders franchise, said. “7 Wonders: Architects is built around the idea that games can be enjoyed by anyone, even players who are new to the hobby. Games like 7 Wonders: Architects are perfect for introducing more people to our hobby, and I look forward to welcoming a new generation of board game enthusiasts.”
Since distributor Asmodee North America is not taking part in Gen Con 2021, it has instead promised to reveal more details about the game in an unboxing and playthrough on its Facebook page on Thursday, September 16 at 2:00 p.m. EDT. I’ve played the game more than a half-dozen times to this point, and I’ll post both an unboxing video and a written and video overview of my own at that same time.
For now, you are left to decipher what you can about the game from these promotional images:
Taking a turn
Classic “kids win / parent looks baffled” shot
Grabbing the cat