I have just learned to play this game (I know, kinda late to the party), and I think it is so fun! It’s a nice relaxing game that you can play while you talk about your day, your favorite books (hint: Becca and Brynne, Non-Vampire ), or that weird fungus on the bottom of your left nostril. And even while chatting and relaxing, this can still get very competitive! Um… I’m not saying that I personally get upset when someone moves the thief to my tile, but… I mean it could be that I am not entirely happy when it happens. Possibly.
We’ve been playing a lot of 2 player, which the game isn’t really designed for. At first we tried to just play with the regular rules and on the standard board setup, but I found the Borko Rules, and we’ve played that a few times now. I like it better that way, but there still seems to be something off with it. I think removing the second 6 is a mistake, because then the tiles with the 8 on them end up being way more powerful. I’m thinking of trying this with the second 6 in place of the B/H, then moving the 2 (which is the B) over with the 3 (the D), and putting the 12 (the H) with the 11 (the I). I think that would balance out better. I also think the thief is too powerful in 2 player. I wonder how it would work to eliminate the thief completely, and whenever you rolled a 7 you just got a development card. That way you couldn’t completely block someone’s resources for long periods of times, which I’ve noticed is a bigger deal in 2 player.
If anyone has other 2 player variations that work well, please let me know.