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Mitch Willis
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We came up with the following Dragon Hordes variant to keep the number of attacks for each player more balanced. In most of our games, there was at least one player, some times two, that hardly got any attack cards, while one or two others got a decent amount of 'em. In one game, there were hardly any attack cards at all. Using this variant, all players have the option to attack each round.

Dragon Hordes Variant: Separate the cards to where you have two decks, an army deck (contains Nations, Wizards, Catapults, Dragons, and Flames) and an attack deck (contains Battle cards, Mercenary cards, Dragon Attack cards, and Mercenary cards with the Dragon symbol). The initial amount of cards each player receives to start the game remains the same. The variant comes in during the cards dealt before each round. With 5 or 6 players, in the first two rounds you still deal 7 cards to each player, but now you deal 5 cards to each player from the army deck and 2 cards from the attack deck. From those 7, he/she still only keeps 4 and discards 3, but this way he/she at least has the option of attacking once or twice during the round. In round 3 it would be the same, except they'd keep 5 cards instead of 4.

For 4 or less players, in the first two rounds you still deal 9 cards, but 6 will be from the army deck and 3 will be from the attack deck; each player keeps any 6 while discarding 3. In round 3, of the 10 cards each player receives, 7 would be from the army deck while 3 would be from the attack deck; each player would keep any 7 and discard the remainder.

This is the only change we made and it works fairly well for us; there's a lot less complaining about not drawing attack cards now.

I've posted a similar variant for those using just the basic Warriors set on its page.
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here a couple of variants that might smooth your gameplay...

1) if you don't like your hand of cards at the beginning of any round, you may discard your entire hand and draw a new hand minus one card. you may do this once.

2) if a player doesn't have an attack card they may use one catapult card to launch an attack (with value 100), but they have to announce it as an attack card when the cards are first revealed. if both players are using catapult cards as attack cards, the player with the lowest amount of tribe members (total in all tribes, not counting wizards) goes first.
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