There are usually four of us playing this game so I can tell you about the four player mode (it can be played by 1-5 people): loads of fun!! We played 7 or 8 times so far, and it is never boring, it is always exciting. You always want to do so many things in each round but you can do only a few (and even those few strongly depends on your opponents), so you have to prioritize. And you usually need to re-think your strategy many times during the game. It is not an easy game at all. Time (rounds) are always short, resources are always scarce, and your family needs food which is a challenge at most of the times... It takes many hours until you start to really understand and enjoy it. But it worths! It is one of the best board games we ever played! And you don't need any extra deck or expansion pack to play it dozens of times without getting bored. Be prepared that a 4-people game can easily take 3 hours or even longer.