A fan of new Knizia games
My second time playing this, teaching three newbies. It REALLY helps having played before. The others had fully caught on to the strategy after a few turns, but perhaps too late for them. For me Tikal is a perfect example of a really well integrated (if not realistic) theme. Both games have come in just under two hours. With forewarnings there has been little dawdling in our games, but I can see how this could be a problem with a group of slow players. We hope to try the auction rules next time. As much as I like this game, I don't see it winning SdJ as it is NOT a family game by any stretch of the imagination. That said, I haven't played Union Pacific or Giganten yet.
Roger's rating: 9