I never like to play the last two or three round because of how they drag, but until then it's a full-day's worth of fun. Edit: Not really my sort of game anymore, but fond memories keep it high in the rankings.
The scale is smaller than the others in the series, so that the map fits on a 4-panel board instead of the usual 6-panel. This makes things seem unnecessarily cramped, and distances are not as intuitively judged for those of us used to the other boards. The game itself seems fine (I give the others in the series a 10), but the board spoils it for me somewhat. Edit: now that I'm used to the board, I raised rating.
The Uwe game for people who aren't crazy about Uwe games? Works very well 2-player. Waiting to play with more. Prefer to play without the 'loss of goods' variant. Edit: upped rating a point. Played 13 times over a couple of weeks and still enjoying the game (even though I'm not very good at it).
Mechanics are interesting and involved, but the game has a very compressed playing arc. Just when you think the game is about to kick things into high gear, it winds down quickly and its over.
Note: this isn't to say it's a short game. I'm saying that on average you'll have about 8-10 turns to get through the beginning, middle, and end, so the up and down feeling of dramatic tension feels rushed. The length and "weight" of the game doesn't come from it's playing arc, but from the analysis needed to play each turn.
2-player. Nice "busy-body" game (always something to do). Have a slight concern that the scores in the two games I played were very close and thus the game was decided by a lucky/unlucky last draw. Need to play more to see if this pattern hold up (or if I can find a new strategy). EDIT: upped rating. "Lucky" last draw can be mitagated by careful play. Though interaction is indirect, there's a lot to think about it terms of how many cards to take in order to control the flow of cards (at least in 2-player). A real "you outsmarted me" feeling to this game. Oh yeah, wife likes it a lot too -- another plus!