Early thoughts after first two plays of Viscounts of the West Kingdom
I recently got my hard copy of #Viscounts of the West Kingdom that I had pre-ordered. I played a learning game with my 10 year olds daughter that we didn't finish, played through a solo game and then roped my daughter into playing another game that we finished. So, early opinion: it's great, and what's more my daughter was raving about it after the second game! I own #Architects of the West Kingdom, and I've played #Paladins of the West Kingdom once. Currently Viscounts is my favorite of the 3. The deck management aspect of the game is probably my favorite part of the game and the game ended condition provides interesting tension. The player interaction is very well done in this game with no real take-that feel and but enough passive interaction that you do play attention to what the other players are doing.
My one concern, minor though it is, is with replayability. The different strategies don't feel that different at this point. If you like the core mind-feel of the game this won't be an issue. What you won't get is a new experience every time you play. I think the push-pull between the debts and the deeds for end game scoring will continue to keep it interesting among players of similar familiarity with the game. Overall, very enjoyable, plus one of my kids really likes it so it will likely see a lot of table time. That's a win!