I usually avoid rating this style of game because I don't like them and I don't think it is fair to pass judgment. Kind of like any dish with eggplant. On the flip side, I continually try to find a game in this genre and am determined to keep playing them until I find the one that works for me. Part of me feels like I have to b/c so many in my regular gaming group enjoy this style of game. Part of me really enjoys a strong narrative in a game and you'd think this genre would fit the bill. The problem is that there is almost never any tension in these games that isn't related to the randomness of a die roll or card pull. As such, then tension doesn't really build - it just happens,,,and I'm not really even sure if it's tension at that point . . .
The optimal move for me happened to be: stay in the same location & roll until you succeed. So I did that unsuccessfully for a full hour in a 6p game until it mercifully ended. Traded my copy as fast as I could.