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Subject: Some house rules that made the game a lot of fun for my group: rss

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Peter Shafer
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Had a chance to play this game and really liked it, with the director's cut rules, of course. However, those rules left some things to be desired: The Phlogiston geyser was worthless, as fuel was cheap in the cities, mining clouds *never* happened, and outfitting for pirating was too expensive as the victory track was too cheap, so your money was better spent (and too obviously) on increasing your standing there so:

Our changes:
Crew and modifications to your ship are HALF cost of the cards, with no refunds, if you turn them back in.

Phlogiston (fuel) cost changed: It is 2*(6-price of sludge), or in other words when Sludge is at cost 1, fuel costs 10, when sludge would get you 5 GP, fuel costs 2 per unit. Yes this means potentially that fuel could cost you 100 GP for a full tank if its cost peaked. This meant harvesting was a good choice at times. As the game is now, it is NEVER a good idea to waste a turn harvesting fuel.

You get a wanted if you dump your sludge ANYWHERE except the volcano.

Fuel up at the Geyser? You get a full tank. Harvest from clouds? 2d6

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At first glance you may think the cost of fuel is too much, but this made the map terrain matter more and the placement of cities matter more, made for more interesting navigation. Also, it slowed the game juuust enough to make piracy possible. Plus the cheaper crew made outfitting for piracy.

Suited our group.
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Ivan Ristov
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Very nice calculations, but thematically doesn't make sense. The fuel price should go up together with the price of getting rid of sludge since it is a byproduct of Phlogiston(fuel) and the two are connected. I would suggest to put Phlogiston restrictions, something like:

If sludge is at 1 or 2 Phlogiston = 1

If sludge is at 3 Phlogiston = 2 but you can sell it for 1

If sludge is at 4 Phlogiston = 3 but you can sell it for 2

If sludge is at 5 Phlogiston = N/A Total Restriction can not be bought, nor sold.

This makes more sense especially the last part, the pollution got so high the city pays 5 bucks to get rid of sludge and does not allow any fuel trading until the sludge is cleared which will make the players use the mining clouds option as only way to get fuel during this crisis.
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