Which way do you play? Vote on your favorite variants.
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Many games either come with a published variant, or have one particular variant that has gained massive popularity in the gaming community through other means.

If you have a preference for playing with or without the variant, vote with your thumbs!

(disclaimer: others have been accused of creating lists like this just to get lots of thumbs for themselves. I'm sorry. I don't care about thumbs, I just legitimately think this would be a really useful thing to have people vote on. So there!)

Again: It does not have to be an official published variant; it could just be one that's reasonably popular among geeks.

This list is NOT for discussion of whether or not to play with a particular expansion, or of differences between similar games that are bought separately. It's purely for RULES variations that any owner of the game can freely use or not use without having to buy anything extra.

Also, please don't post any variants that are like "do you play with open [something trackable] or closed?" as it's pretty well-known that some gaming subcultures prefer to play with all trackable information open and this would lead to a lot of pointless bloat in the list.

All right, let's get voting!
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1. Board Game: San Juan [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:228]
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Do you use the published variant, where the players get 5, 6, 7, 8 cards (governor gets 5, then so on around the table) and discard down to 4 before the game begins?

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2. Board Game: San Juan [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:228]
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... Or do you just deal four to everyone and go?

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3. Board Game: Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:258]
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Three choices on this one: Regular characters only?
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4. Board Game: Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:258]
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... Variant characters only?
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5. Board Game: Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:258]
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... Or a custom mix?
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6. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Play it by the book?
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7. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Or do you use any one of the variants that give players some choice over which tile they will play?
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8. Board Game: Battle Line [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:178]
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NOTE: This question applies to either Battle Line or Schotten Totten!

Do you play using the Tactics cards?
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9. Board Game: Battle Line [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:178]
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NOTE: This question applies to either Battle Line or Schotten Totten!

... Or leave them out?
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10. Board Game: Schotten Totten [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:369]
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NOTE: This second question ALSO applies to either Battle Line or Schotten Totten!

Do you prefer to allow claiming stones (flags) only at the beginning of a turn? (a la flexgames.com)
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11. Board Game: Schotten Totten [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:369]
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... Or do you allow stones (flags) to be claimed at the end of a turn? (a la yucata.de)
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12. Board Game: Ingenious [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:328]
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When playing four-player, do you like to use partnerships?
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13. Board Game: Ingenious [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:328]
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... Or every player for him/herself?
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14. Board Game: Tikal [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:217]
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Auction version?
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15. Board Game: Tikal [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:217]
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Or regular version?
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16. Board Game: Union Pacific [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:468]
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Question A:

Limited quantities of Union Pacific shares?
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17. Board Game: Union Pacific [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:468]
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Question A:

... Or unlimited quantities?
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18. Board Game: Union Pacific [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:468]
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Question B:

Can players take a Union Pacific share like any other share (as well as being able to exchange a share for one)?
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19. Board Game: Union Pacific [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:468]
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Question B:

... Or can UP shares only be acquired by exchanging a regular share?
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20. Board Game: Shadows over Camelot [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:318]
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Do you prefer the "Squires" variant, where you aren't assigned a Knight (with his special power) until after you've completed a quest?
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21. Board Game: Shadows over Camelot [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:318]
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... Or do you not like that variant?
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22. Board Game: For Sale [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:261]
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Pay half rounded down? (as mistranslated in the English rules)
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23. Board Game: For Sale [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:261]
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... Or pay half rounded up? (as was the designer's intent)
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24. Board Game: Santiago [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:523]
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Palm trees?
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25. Board Game: Santiago [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:523]
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... Or no palm trees?
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