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Played last night, and I like the changes. These are mostly cosmetic changes with one significant rule difference, so it doesn't really qualify as "deluxe" in the strictest sense of the word. However, I personally found the board graphics to be more intuitive and useful during gameplay; I could more easily tell at a glance which connections were which.
IMPROVEMENTS: - Bigger board (which includes spaces for energy plant cards) - Trash is replaced with natural gas - Card art makes it easier to see energy type - Improved 2-player rules - Art is brighter - Resources are shaped like the resource they represent - Markers on the board show the beginning of Step 2 and the end of the game - There is a card that goes on the board for # of resources that come out, no more hidden book information (ex: there is a card for a phase 1-3 grid for resources in a 2 player card) NEGATIVES: - Plastic coins don't stack and are hard to read - Not compatible with expansion maps (unless you buy 2 small conversion kits)
TRADED: 2018 (Math Trade for Wildcatters) RECEIVED: 2016 (Bought GN) PG is a game I bought without having played it simply because it is so revered. I would like to have access to this game in the future but I'm not sure whether I need it in my collection or not. May trade for something higher up my wish list. PROS -New board art and resources are great. The board is huuuge too! -PG is pure player interaction from the auction to the resource market to the city connections. NEUTRALS -Like Colosseum, PG has an interesting mix of quiet moments and loud moments. The quiet moments basically come from having to work out the math, which is not as bad as everyone makes it out to be. CONS -While the board art is great the box art blows! More of the cartoonification of board games... -PG has a lot of little rules that are easy to miss or misunderstand. I feel like this would be one you'd have to study up on if any length of time between plays. -Likewise, it's quite fiddly. Bottom-deck this card, check the steps, move the discount marker, rearrange the market, etc. The game upkeep detracts from the game play. This is especially true of the plant market. If these rules were simplified, I would have enjoyed that more. -Is there a rich-get-richer problem? Possibly but this just means the other players need to be more adept at stopping this from happening. -On a related note, there will be games when one player is clearly going to win and you can just stop before the final round. The ability to math out the realities make the endgame anticlimactic.
Usually willing to play ... if in the right mood :-). The geek complexity rating seems a little high ... it really is quite a simple game as far as rules go and has a nice clean game flow. The bookkeeping level is low.