I note that, unlike in the most recent version of Aquarius, Seven Dragons has no diagonally divided cards. Was this intentional or merely an oversight? I'd enjoy adding another 20 possible combinations (all 2[4!] of them) to my deck.
Diagonals were eliminated because they just didn't look good. Larry's paintings worked fine when I was cutting various rectangular shapes out of them, but triangular subsections always came out looking strange. So I changed the 10 diagonal cards to 10 cards with 3 dragons each.
I don't really miss them,myself. It adds some more difference between 7Dragons and Aquarius.
I never really bothered about 7 Dragons because I assumed it was the same as Aquarius.
Thanks for giving me a reason to buy it anyway :-)
You'd be surprised with 7 Dragons Mike. I thought the same as you before I bought it but I like dragons so I got it anyway. There are plenty of differences between the games. Aside from the obvious difference with the Silver dragon, I think the biggest and best change is that there is no longer a "Shuffle Goals" card which makes the game significantly less random and more strategic. There's also a couple of other rules tweaks that improve the game but overall I highly recommend 7 Dragons even if you have Aquarius.