This game puzzles me each time we play. Great idea, great theme (esp. if you know and enjoy the tv show). But sometimes the game just does not work - at least not for me and my group. I stongly hope that Pegasus exp. will fix this...
Preliminary rating after one game (short version). Similar to Agricola in many regards and while some have made valid comments on the differences between the two, for me I see it primarily as a matter of taste: do I prefer the port or the peasant setting? Not sure at this point.
An interesting expansion that adds to the game on all levels. The different strategies now feel somewhat more balanced and the game rounds more flexible. The new homeworlds do not win a prize for me, though.
A fun game if played with the right bunch of people. Had fun the other night with 6 players where one player would manage the CD, the threats and act as a sort of game master. Since each game lasts just about 30 minutes everyone had a great time. Caveat: it is not the type of game you will want to play with die-hard strategists. Just embrace the chaos and have two or three beers with it!
Still not sure about my rating after 3 games. I like the idea and the mechanics A LOT. Game length in anything but a 2-player game can be pretty bad, though, and the early turns lack direct confrontation and interaction. At this point it is probably a 7.5 or maybe an 8 for me.
THE big game of galactic conquest. The gaming experience is VERY much dependent on the group you play with. Players who tend to ignore the logic of a game and instead ally with their best mate in order to then start bashing their other opponents can ruin the fun quite a bit. Games can last up to 9 hours but you'll usually know within the first 120 minutes whether you will enjoy the session or not.
A generally very useful expansion of the game but I notice over and over again that TI3 can never guarantee to deliver. Much depends on external factors to make this game an awesome experience. The few time where this happens, however, are games to remember. I strongly suggest to play with a preset map, the aggressive goals and all goals uncovered from the beginning.