My wife and I are loving the game! We added a house rule where the TT tokens are placed face down instead of face up. It makes it riskier to botch those early encounters in favor of loading up on tokens, and adds a little more mystery.
We've pulled a couple cards that check for the highest value TT token. It's easy enough to mix the tokens up again.
Yeah I have to admit, when I first got the game and was examining the components, I had assumed in my mind that this is the way it was supposed to work. Then I read the rules before first play and discovered the truth. I think however, this will be my permanent variant.