Thank you for the quick response.
It’s clear that I’m in the minority in my opinion on the game, as it is selling quite well. After two complete plays I don’t have any interest in exploring it further but I assuredly will, as it has been set up on the table prior to my arrival on Game Night twice and will likely be there again next time.
It isn’t a 4X game by any stretch in spite of Stonemaier calling it that, and I have had a hard time trying to put it in any particular category other than “Big Euro” which is about as vague as you can get. Coming from a wargame background I find it’s combat “curious” (and I don’t mean that in a good way) and really see it as an economics game. But it doesn’t fit that very well with its arbitrary rules and place-stars-on-a-table victory track . . . that’s not a victory track. It’s an odd game.
But boy oh boy does it have a following. There’s a part of me suspecting that it’s being professionally promoted.
If I could get 10% of its players to try Wings for the Baron or An Infamous Traffic I’d likely quintuple their sales, a well-deserved bump for both of them.