Step 1: Watched it on TableTop - wasn't that impressed
Step 2: Eventually bought the game due to positive reviews on here
Step 3: Played a few games, thought it was "ok", the scoring is interesting/odd at first, but it kept my interest
Step 4: Decided to buy two expansions for the game (1st and 2nd expansions)
Step 5: This game is awesome and I want to get it onto the table every time we play
This game started slowly and then grew on me the more I played it. Which is probably why it is such a popular game. It seems to have a lot of staying power in the long-run. Recommend it, although the farming scoring will seem confusing at first, but eventually it all becomes familiar. I've given it 4 stars purely because I felt the two expansions made this game much more interesting for me, which adds expense to the total cost. Nevertheless I think highly of this game and both expansion 1 and 2 add very nicely to the game.