I normally have a pretty good Game Radar. On receiving a game I will:
- blissfully pop out the cardboard chits and bits (“no, seriously, you can’t help”)
- admire the pieces
- read the rules
- note in amazement the typo on the back of the box (“Did no one check to see that the printer had the correct font driver installed?” Perhaps a rhetorical question, perhaps directed ever so slightly at Queen Games’ Fresco…)
… and have a pretty good sense of who is going to like the game.
So a confession: I am surprised that Splendor has been so wholeheartedly embraced by my game playing family and friends...