This was one of my first experiences with a "designer game" and it was an excellent introduction. The game is easy to learn and very easy for non-gamers to pick up and understand. There is certainly a level of strategy to the game, but the dice rolls allow for enough randomness that even those with little experience can do well. The only real downside may be that with the dice rolls and a lower number of players, the game can drag just a little, but this is only occasionally. Definitely recommend if your ready to move beyond mass market games like monopoly.