I am beginning to question my ability to pick games I will like just by reading the rules. The latest in my sporadic series of bad calls is Yspahan. It's got lots of choices and a nice dose of randomness to keep things fresh, but it fails to generate anything positive within me.
The theme is meaningless. The choices are uninteresting. Of course, there's skill involved, but not at a level that I care to exercise. It has the hallmark of a game with direct interaction, yet every time I have the chance to steal a row of dice or send a cube to the caravan, I start to wonder what's on TV.
The fact that it got a Spiel des Jahres nomination should be a clue that this game was destined for my "maybe never play again" pile. It will likely join other recent uninspiring purchases: Hermagor and UR.
Yspahan image by richardsgamepack