First of all, the quality, the design well deserve a 5 star rating. The only thing which steal the last star for me is that if you run a 5 player match the ammount of races is not enough. ( 1 active + 1 declined race leaves 4 new races to select from as the game has 14 races in the box ). This can have a severe impact on the gameplay during lategame/endgame with 5 players. This can be solved by getting one of the expansions released to date.
The gameplay is fun, the races are well developed and keeps you thinking after you selected one to stand with, wheter the other one would have been better – The built-in autovary keep the game challenging and fun for replays as well. The fun increases exponentially with the number of the players. Can be fun for two, but the real flavours surface only with more lords pushing their races against the others.
Money well spent on this one. ( If you plan for 5 players, grab one of the expansions as well ).