Now, I would say that this is actually a very newcomer friendly game in the worker placement category. You have your quest cards open in front of you, so with simple logical thinking it's very easy to see in what order is most useful for you to play the quests. The board is very straightforward in informing you what you get if you place your piece somewhere. The buildings sometimes have a tricky way of expressing what you get, but once you get used to it, it's not that hard.
My final words on this game is that I absolutely loved it, and intend to add it to my collection once I can afford to. I actually don't think previous gaming experience is necessary in order to get into this one, but if you have experience with resource management and/or worker placement, then you're off to a really good start.