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on 9 August 2013
There is a reason this game is currently ranked 12th on boardgamegeek. Well balanced, fun and tactical, this game is easy to enjoy right from the start.
The aim of the game is to get the most victory point after 5 "years" of the game; each year consists of 5 phases. The game lasts for approximately 45 minutes to two hours, depending on the number of players and how experienced with the game each person is. It plays 2-4 players.
The mechanics of the game are fairly straightforward. The player rolls two dice, and can carry out an action with each one. It can be used to buy tiles, place tiles, sell goods or recruit more workers. Workers can be used to alter the dice roll by +1/-1, reducing reliance on luck, whilst keeping the element there. The number will relate to which pool you can pick tiles up from, or which tiles you can place, and which goods you are allowed to sell. Workers can be picked up regardless of dice roll.
I have played mostly two player games, and the odd 4 player game, and I can honestly say it is one of my favourite games-for-2-or-more-players that works extremely well with two. My girlfriend and I are very fond of this game and find it keeps its balance very well with two, and in some ways it is much more tactical.
The only factor I would change is the card the individual player boards are made of, when unboxed it feels flimsy and disappointing, but it has endured thus far. However, when you remember the current price of the game, the quality of the card is more than reasonable compared to, for example, Agricola, with thick card for playing boards (and countless tokens) that puts it in the £50+ price bracket.
I would say this is a 5* game, brilliant for two players, brilliant with 4, and absolutely exceptional for the price.