Next ... Puerto Rico ... currently a favorite to hit the table.
This playing truly indicated to me that equally skilled players at this game have equal chance of winning with any given strategy. We had four different startegies and only 10 VP's seperated us at the end of the game:
*Rick* 43 Corwin 37 Joe 36 Dan 33
Dan was one dollar short of buying a building that would have given him 10 more VP but passed. Joe was also one dollar short of getting the bonus building ... of course the game ended abrouptly because we were not able to fill the ship with colonists (8 left ... 10 needed) It took us all by surprise. We all were counting on at least one more round. Had we had one more round it is my feeling the scores would have been even tighter.
A rating of 9 was given by all.
For all of us this was the best playing so far. It played quick (1:20) and ended quick.