Jeremy Avery: "Deal-making game that packs a great punch in such a short timeframe."
William Eldard: "I just love this little game. Its rules are very simple, making it a great introductory game. But the bidding is truly challenging. The luck of the die rolls is somewhat offset by the variety of strategies available."
*(Mark: there was a theme suggested to me at one point, about suitors proving their worth to a caliph in fame [vp's], wealth [gems], and physical process [circling the board]... but it's nowhere in the rules themselves!)