I got this one for Father's Day this year and the adults sat down to read the instructions. Within an hour we were playing the game to a pretty good extent.
Do not heed the recommendation thst you can play one phase and not worry about the next phase. They are very intertwined.
Nonetheless, the movement and thought required makes this a great game. My 7 year old played the second time around and got the basic gist and was asking the right questions about strategy very early on.
Graphically and piecewise the game is excellent. It is a lovely thought that every gameturn is 10 years and lends a little bit of respect to what the cathedral craftsmen had to endure.
Small amount of luck involved but, if the game gets too serious, best to hide the cards you are playing.
A must have in your rainy day collection.