Board Game Spotlight: It's a Wonderful World

Updated: Jun 16

It is a wonderful world and this is a delightfully simple game with a lot of depth. At it's core, It's a Wonderful World is a drafting game, like we learned about yesterday in our game mechanics 101 class. It adds in a little bit of resource management and engine building as well.

In It’s a Wonderful World, you are an expanding Empire and must choose your path to your future. You must develop faster and better than your competitors. You’ll carefully plan your expansion to develop your production power and rule over this new world. It’s a Wonderful World is a cards drafting and engine building game from 1 to 5 players. Each round, players will draft 7 cards and then choose which ones will be recycled to immediately acquire Resources, and which ones will be kept for construction to produce Resources each round and/or gain victory points.

Let me tell you about our first game. The cards that you draft in the game are duel purpose. You need to choose which ones you will build to gain future resources and points and which you will recycle into immediate resources. Adam was very efficient, building very few cards and gaining oh so many resource cubes each round. I was hyper focused on the points the cards could gain me and had a veritable mound of cards under construction. It would have worked too, if the game wasn't a mere 4 rounds long! Adam nearly doubled my score because I was busy playing the long game in a game that isn't long at all. It's a Wonderful World is fairly easy to learn. Due to the drafting mechanism, each game will play differently. You will need to work with what you have and remember that it is not a long game.

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