St. Elvis wrote:
Also, you can win without building a city (5 settlements + longest road), so it's possible to win without ever having held an ore card, and you can't spend ore to buy developments. This greatly decreases the value of the mountains.
Well, you might consider that a balancing mechanism making it more fair, i.e. someone can't get the ore they need to build cities but they can keep chugging along still getting their VPs with towns (or whatever you call them).
Do the cities in this version double production? I'm guessing not.