We've had a similar experience, nice summary.
-lots of components to set up and sort, hope the game will be worth it but starting to have my doubts.
I'm hoping to find a Plano box to organize the pieces and shorten the setup and clean-up.
-(15th turn) it's awesome, after we finish this game, we are gonna play it again right?
Last night we were playing our 5th or 6th game (thus far) and my wife said, "Okay. You can get more of this designer's games if you want to... after we play this more." (We played a lot of Castles of Burgundy (41x) last year). More Feld goodness in our future!