We had a great time with our play of Troyes. There were a few rule misinterpretations during the game, but we sorted them out without much trouble. For example, in the first turn, when a player was out of dice in their quarter, they didn’t make any further plays. However, we quickly realized our error and corrected it in subsequent turns.
The game was very strong, and was surprisingly well recieved by the group. I say surprisingly because not all of us are Euro-gamers. The great art and the variety of actions quickly pulled us all in.
Upon some reflection, the theme does feel pasted on. However, that really didn’t detract from the look of the game nor the quality of the gameplay.
An exceptional positive is the depth to this game. As all brand new players, we started to see goals and plays. However, not being familiar with the event, activity, and character cards, the play should deepen quite a bit as players become more familiar with the game. Adding that element of deduction to the game as well as speculating on what activities or events may or may not come up offers tremendous potential to an already strong game.