Reiner Knizia's Samurai is an awesome strategy game
Review: Reiner Knizia's Samurai - strategy gaming perfection
Sorry no photos yet, but I'll be reviewing it in a few days. Reinar Knizia's Samurai is very much like Diplomacy meets Settlers of Catan: you control strategic points on a map in order to gain power (Settlers of Catan) and your different pieces 'attack' those spaces by controlling in numbers, not by luck (Diplomacy).
The tutorial is well spaced and easy to follow, but the game play is actually quite simple. Deciding how to attack and fend off the enemy, however, is difficult. I've not sussed the strategy yet, but I'm enjoying trying!
I'll update this thread as time goes on, but dear me, for the strategy fan, this game has polish, depth, and simplicity (no, not a strange juxtaposition).
Reiner Knizia's Samurai