#32 on the expanding list ... Yspahan
Yspahan is a game that I was introduced to at a Central PA Gamers club gameday. I like to try new games and that club gives me a chance to do that often. It was not a hard game to learn, rules wise - but there are some subtle strategies, caravan strategies, etc. that I really don't play enough on the table to fully get - but in my online plays I've been trying to do different things.
The first thing that I noticed about the game when we opened it was ... the boards were kinda bland. Oh well, amazing artwork isn't necessary for a good game. The next thing I noticed were the really cool wooden camels. I am a sucker for neat components. The camels fit that bill. Finally, what are we supposed to do with all those dice? There has to be 100 dice in there.
For someone like me, who has some rough luck with dice, Ysp offers a nice change. I mean, you can't roll that many dice unluckily. No matter what I rolled, I was able to find something useful. Now, when the other players roll - that's another story. But that's the game as well.
After I played that initial game, I came here to log it and rate the game - and found that there were several options to play online. I immediately downloaded an AI version and played a few times and set up a few games on Yucata. I discovered there was a 2P variant (that I'm still not certain of) and have enjoyed several games there up to this point.
Yspahan is a tournament at the WBC, but schedules never worked out for me to make it. Hopefully it's back in 2012 and I can make it in for a heat.
I wish I had something pertinent or thought-provoking to add in this section. I'm at a loss. For a game that I've played on the table one time, I think 32 is a good spot for it. So, yeah ... that's what I have for a final thought.