Once again this series delights. I am feeling a more even and manageable learning curve which will introduce new players to the series, and really the genre, but may anger some vets.
They overcome this by gracefully moving some of the complexity of the game into their own sub-systems. The mechanics are expertly displayed and make the game even more fun to play as it gives easy and meaningful micromanage tasks that you watch effect the grande plan.
If you were intimidated before my EU, this would be a great product to try.