Had to get it... how often can you see the street you live on on a game board? As for the gameplay... it's vicious. I suppose all of these territory control games are. It's especially harsh when you start aiming for the "family members" since losing them has such a crippling effect on income. But I LOVE the theme.
This is a very cool game. Plenty of chances to help or hurt your opponents, and, as with any trading game, those decisions can potentially dictate further trades. As long as it's played in the right spirit, I think it's a great game.
Truthfully? I was bored. Sorry, Whole World. I was bored by Settlers.
UPDATE: Played it again. Liked it a little more, but not much.
UPDATE UPDATE: I think I've figured it out a little. The times I've played, I've played with people who understood it FAR more than I. Perhaps if I played it with people who were on the same level as me, we could figure it out together. Or something. Maybe that's the problem.
UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE: I've now traded for a copy of Settlers. Let's see how my opinon changes with likeminded others.
The only issues I have with this are: 1. The length. It feels like a commitment. Once we get going, it's awesome. But it's hard to get ramped up. 2. It can sometimes feel like I'm playing against myself. This is partially my fault; I don't pay enough attention to how everyone else is doing. It's why I'm bad at poker; I play the cards, not my opponent. But it was noticeable in this one.
I like it a lot, and most of the people I end up playing with know movies, so it's usually successful. My only gripe is that there need to be more hard and fast rules regarding choosing a 'correct' answer; too often, it devolves into an argument about which movie more appropriately fits.
This is one of those games that I feel I can't adequately judge... I can recognize that it's a really well done piece, but it's not up my alley. I hate to rate it lower just because it's "not my style." No biggie. A 7 works.
Finally played face-to-face! I ended up conceding, but man: What a game. It's pretty fantastic. I rate it a 7 only because I don't know how often I could play it due to the exhaustion factor, but it's a helluva game.
Fun game. Fairly basic. Nice blend of luck and strategy. There isn't too much to it, but for some reason, I love it. I'm a fan of having to control an adjacent state before looking to claim a new one. Bear in mind, this is not a game that many people here will adore. But I love it.