Before Blue Moon I had never played any sort of card dueling game. Plus, my wife hates confrontational games. Yet, somehow, we both enjoy playing this. The battles are fast and rarely does one person win every one. The basic set is good because the Vulca are very easy to figure out while the Hoax reward more complex thinking.
I bought this with Puerto Rico, Ticket to Ride, and Bang!, but Settlers is definitely my family's favorite. There is a fair bit of luck involved in this game which evens the playing field when you are with new players. One thing i like most about the 2007 version is that the ports create a border for the hex tiles which helps keep the board together.