The fifth of my Gateway Tabletop games. I first played this game fairly recently and was very impressed with how quick it was to get into. Like most of my recent purchases, I first saw this on an episode of TableTop with Wil Wheaton. I consider this a Gateway game into the worker placement type games as it has more rules than the other game presented so far. Its not very complicated, but could take a few games to get into if you are not playing with someone who has played it before.
What's it all about?
This is a worker placement game, which means you have to place your workers on the board to do certain actions. You will start with a number of workers and can place one or more workers on the board to perform that action when the resolution phase starts. Each player will take it in turns to place their workers. Some actions will accept a certain amount of workers, so planning your move is important. If you want the tools AND one of the cards - then you have to work out which one is the most important to you, as the other could be taken before its your turn again. Once all the workers have been placed, you resolve the actions of your workers in any order you wish. Then you need to feed your people, so getting the right amount of food can be a challenge. The person with the most points at the end of the game will win.
Like many worker placement games there are lots of different approaches you could take to generate the points. Increase the number of workers, but be careful of the food cost. Build lots of buildings, but be careful of getting the correct food, Get a collection of cards, increase tools, etc. Virtually all the actions require resources, and there are different resource types to get, so you will need to work out how many of these you would like.
There is a random element to the game. Each worker represents a dice. Place 4 workers to gather wood, and you can roll 4 dice. The total of the dice roll is divided by the resource cost giving you the amount of resources you can take.
I have played a number of Worker Placement games in the past, but this is one of the best. The board is nicely designed, and the setting works. The rules are not too complicated but does provide some strategy. It is a little pricey, but you are getting a quality game - one which you will play numerous times.