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Aussie long weekend board game palooza

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Our gaming group booked in and followed through with a 3 day board gaming bender! It was so much fun!! Our friends are about to have a baby so it was a little bit of a last hurrah
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TLDR:

Have you ever felt that a lot of strategic and tactical advice in board games is based on personal opinions that are not backed up by actual data? If the answer is yes, you are going to enjoy this read.

As a guy that loves stats, excel and board games, I dissect data from 100 games of 7Wonders (played over the course of the last 2 years) to back up arguments on some apparent contrarian opinions, which wonders seem to overperform and underperform, and the deeper implications on general strategy that this analysis suggests.

At the end of all this, 7Wonders remains a wonderful game that strikes a healthy mix between randomness and skill giving both first timers a fairly good shot at winning the game, and veteran players opportunities to stand out by carving out small edges at every turn.

But do not despair! There are still plenty of opportunities here to justify your loss at your gaming table because of some statistically underpowered wonder…

Link to all the data can be found here: 7Wonders Stats (100 games)

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Back in 2019 I received 7 Wonders as a Christmas gift from my sister. She knew I was a big boardgame fan and that I have always been interested in ancient history, so she thought this game would be a perfect combination for me. As some here will probably relate, I am always a bit apprehensive when receiving boardgame presents from people that are not into the hobby, and I won’t lie, I was sceptical here too. Little did I know that a pandemic was about to come, and that this would become my most played game of the last two years..

As we started playing more often, I quickly acquired a few expansions, and once I integrated them into the core game, I started keeping track of our scores on an excel spreadsheet (see attached). Fast forward 2.5yrs, 31 friends and 100 games later, and this is the result.

All games recorded have been played with the same exact setup of core games + the following expansions:- 7 Wonders: Cities (includes Petra and Byzantium)- 7 Wonders: Cities Anniversary Pack (adds more Cities cards)- 7 Wonders: Wonder Pack (we used only The Great Wall and Stonehenge)

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