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.
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.
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.
Big. Love the turn order mechanism. Can get a little long. EDIT: Looking forward to getting the Decennial to the table so I can up this rating... I only played it once. I have a feeling it won't be long before this raises. EDIT 2: It's going up. I am terrible at it, but it's a helluva game.
Plenty to consider on each move. I think I need to try and control more cities so that I can get more action choices via the other players' payments... didn't so much do that (at all) in my first play.