The game was designed by Karen and Andreas Seyfarth; Seyfarth’s best (and best-known) design, Puerto Rico, was a 2002 finalist (the dexterity game Villa Paletti won for reasons that surpass understanding. This is Seyfarth’s second SdJ; he won for Manhattan in 1994.
It’s a very good game, with a mix of strategy and luck; it plays in 45 minutes and (despite comments to the contrary) doesn’t seem to have one absolute winning strategy. It also scales nicely between two and four players.
Congratulations to Hans Im Glück for its award-winning design.