Don’t forget, beyond using as any resource during the game, the salt can be used during scoring. For example Minerva: he could have counted the wild salt as a cloth city.
Also, the expansion adds the forum tiles, which can be really beneficial and add an interesting balance between trying to collect as much tribune as possible and getting a tile before your opponent. Last the tighter map to boot is nice (though no longer the tightest).
Oh, I we didn't count the salt cities, so we missed a trick there!