The new curse deck is a very interesting concept and it's really quite enjoyable to hand a -5 curse over to your opponent after revealing sinister gift. It's not as fun getting it back on the next hand since you cannot defend with a reaction card, nor is it pleasing to try to dig out from all the self-imposed curses you'll gain with the book cards. We found ourselves mostly avoiding those otherwise intruiging cards since neophyte was the only other way to reliably purge curses. This expansion makes a valiant attempt to increase player interaction, one aspect often lacking in the official Dominion sets. That is welcome, but there are still some glitchy cards and a bit too many curses. Sounds as though Mike isn't able to work on this expansion any longer. That's understandable given the time commitment it takes and minimal return on investment (other than the enjoyment of having people tell you that your expansion sucks of course). Still it's unfortunate because this could be a really great expansion with a little bit more tweaking and playtesting.