Great game! I've only played it with three players, and I can only image it gets better with more players. UPDATE (May '09): After playing with 5, I'd say it's even more deserving of an 8. UPDATE (Apr '12): I've been getting this to the table more often lately, and the more I play it the more I like it. Having at least one expansion to bring it up to 6 players is a must. It's a solid 9 now, and could foreseeably enter the exclusive realm of the 10s at this rate. UPDATE (Jul '12): Yup. After yet another epically chaotic game, this guy moves up to a 10.
Just because I rate this a 10, doesn't mean I'm any good at it. When I play this game, I admit to being absolutely overwhelmed, but also completely fascinated. The idea of emergent complexity captivates me; it's like playing a fractal!
Far easier to learn and more fun than I thought it would be. It works as a great next step after Settlers for those you're trying to indoctrinate into the hobby. UPDATE: Forget it, I'm giving this a 10. If I had an hour or two to spare and a couple of people asked me to play, I can't think of any reason to say no. Am I a sheep, following the crowd? Maybe, but I don't care; I still love this game.
Quite promising after 2 plays. I like it more than San Juan, mostly because the added variety makes me not mind the randomness so much. UPDATE: I've played it 5 times now, and I'm going to raise my rating to a 9. We'll see if it stays there... UPDATE: OK, after 20+ plays, I'm moving this up to a 9.5. I can't quite give a 10 to a game that I've only been playing for a few months, but I image it'll get there eventually. UPDATE: Screw it. 10.