I need some level of engaging player interaction . . . and this beast, as brilliant as it may be, needs something deeper than the surprise behind the selection board to cut the mustard. I pay less and less attention to what others are doing with every roll. Eventually deteriorates to the point where I'm not even sure if any of the players are on the same turn. There's just lots of semi-organized rolling, tile grabbing and point salad. Gets a slight bump for being such a fantastic production. Simply put, it's no Ra: The Dice Game.
Falls into my new rating system where every decent game (mainly euros) gets a 5. I'd previously been rating them 3's since there was no desire to play again. But at the same time, I grudgingly respect the design at a 7ish level. So I adds an integral to the coefficient of BO and resulted in a nice round 5.
We played with the expansion and nice metal coins. Not sure if the expansion added any value when you factor in the time increase.