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After 5 games under my belt, this has become one of my favourites. I don't normally splurge to this extent -- money's tight -- but I'd heard really good things about it enough to make this a bit of a birthday treat. Contrary to all appearances it is not a "gateway" game. There is a learning curve... steeper for some depending on experience. Be prepared to spend more time on the first few games than is being advertised. The theme though evocative of Wind in the Willows, Beatrix Potter and Watership Down, this is not a "children's" game although the entire family can have fun with it. The game certainly deserves all the praise it has gotten for it's beautiful artwork and delightful components. My copy (seems to be the second printing) came with the upgraded wooden twigs as well.
Replayability factor is high. Every game so far has been different depending on the movement and pick of cards in hand, in the Meadow and around the forest locations. It does take a while to get acquainted with the deck to play more tactically but it's worth it to see improvements in how the tableau and engine shapes up. The worker placement in this is also very cleverly designed.
Save your pennies as I highly recommend this for those who want a bit more of a challenge in terms of tactics and strategy.