When I walked in they were setting this up. I was bemoaning my lack of Doge cards (I got one the entire game) and spent most of the game in the S.H.T. position. My standard El Grande strategy (put lots of pieces on the board) seemed to be failing miserably. Yet as the end neared the other three players started hitting on each other and thus it came to pass that all my little 2nd place finishes added up in the final scoring. I won despite being so losing the entire game. I was as shocked and appalled as my opponents.
I enjoy the pie-splitting mechanism but the board play just seems too chaotic.