Agricola deserves what it is held for - one of the best games out there to date!
There is some tight playing required if you like that way, but you can also relax and have a family game from time to time. The sheer variety of cards let you have a different strategy each time, so the game does not get repetitive (if you do not play everyday, mind you
I am a huge fan of the reimagined series (never cared for the original) and thus this is a "wish" game for me - to play. Not to buy perhaps, cause I would not have any audience of the show to play with me around here... Nice mechanics, traitors, cylons and raiders. YAY!
A nearly-perfect game! The tension during the building phase and the various events during the flight phase mesh together very well and create a unique game experience! Vlaada punched us right into our noses with this one!
The only small downside would be the need for a fast play, or better said, if someone is slower that the others, he will probably get far behind in his ship creation...
So far played only the online game against A.I., but I am no newb to the gameplay (being interested in the game for a long time and having seen a few video playthroughs). I like the simple system, allowing for 30-45 minute games on one side and (potentially monstrous) engagements with Overlord/Breakthrough/Overthrough scenarios on the other. So for every type of player his own.
For me the first and most probably the only expansion, at least for the foreseeable future. Between Mediterranean, Pacific and this I think I chose right. Bringing along the Winter/Desert board I have the right combination with the base game to give me tons and tons of scenarios and gameplay to come.
Cooperative awesomness! I like the presentation and theme and I also like the cooperative aspect. And as this game can also be played solo, this fills quite every niche of your boardgaming area. If you are inexperienced, you can play with open cards (as we did until now), which is a bit easier.