There are a small number of designers and companies whose products I’ll buy sight unseen. Jay Treat is at the top of that list.
Jay’s Merchants of Araby is on Kickstarter now. I’ve never played MoA, in playtest or final form. Nevertheless, this is a snap-back for me. Jay is an amazing designer and a past master of social games; if his name is on a negotiation title, it’s going to be great.
I’m not getting paid anything from Merchants of Araby, and my name isn’t on it anywhere. My only connection to MoA is that Jay’s a good friend of mine–and that’s no surprise, he’s an awesome person. If you knew him, you’d be friends with him too. Take a look at his games, and MoA in particular; they’re worth your time.