I just wanted to say that this game is great. I like San Juan, which this has been compared to, better than Puerto Rico. This game just adds so many additional strategies and goals it is fun to play the variations. I've not had an opportunity to play a military strategy, yet. Hopefully I'll have a hand that provides that opportunity. And someday I'll decide to play the hard AI.
I like the two player expert option to choose two actions each turn. I feel I'm able to link actions together to get more done.
I can see where the expansions add a lot, and have played them a little with Stately Players that have them. I've not bought the expansions yet, but they are on the radar.