Publisher: Hans im Gluck
El Grande it is not
I have honestly tried to play this game many times. I never really felt the appeal of it and every game that I played ended up hopelessly one-sided. Preferring games that have a little more luck than this, I found the play to be a little robotic and constrained; since nothing is hidden I always knew what my opponent was up to. So I never got interested enough to play the Advanced Game which introduces governors and Grandes.
I suspect that a large contributor to my ambivalence towards El Caballero is that it does not seem play well with only two players - which is mostly the number at my table.
I bought this game before I got El Grande and it actually put me off buying El Grande for a long time, because of the similarities I expected the two games to have. When I did buy El Grande, I was pleasantly surprised. Perhaps it will give me an excuse to try El Caballero again.
The parts of the game were pretty enough but there did not seem to be as much care put into the game as there was with El Grande. Perhaps I just like games that come with thousands of little wooden cubes; this may also explain why I enjoy playing Euphrat and Tigris.