There are many opportunities in the desert. They might not be immediately apparent, but they're there. You just have to know where to look, and perhaps have a bit of knowledge in the crafting arts. The Artisans, the new expansion available for Five Tribes from Days of Wonder, lets you play this new group as part of your quest to take control of the Sultanate.
The new expansion allows players to get special items created, some with magical powers. While a few will just increase your VPs, others will open up new abilities you can use during your turn. The Artisans are represented by purple meeples. There's also some new tiles to add to the playing area, making it now 6x6. There's new workshops, markets, impassable chasms, and a new mountain marker to make travel around the board not as easy as it used to be.
You can pick up your copy of The Artisans expansion now over in the Days of Wonder webshop.