Board Games 1689
Of the Rosenberg games, this one is not to my taste (and I quite like several of his games). It has several things I particularly dislike about worker placement. First, the all important family growth action is the alpha and omega of the game. I prefer my worker placement without the machinations required to get into place for what is clearly the best space and options. Second, Agricola is not about specialization but about balance in scoring. It is the classic Rosenberg game that demands you do what he wants you to do rather than what you want to do. Opinions differ, but this is not why I play these sorts of games. If I wanted to play a tight, competitive version of worker placement I'd go ahead and play the far superior Argent: the Consortium.