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Hilko Drude
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I learned this variant from the friends who taught me the game - was rather surprised to find out that it doesn't belong to the original rules:
When you can play exactly the same number as the player before you played, playing order is reversed. It is as simple as that - but a lot more fun.
 
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Eddy Richards
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Yeah, we always do this too - makes it much more exciting, and a lot worse for the person second in line for playing after the reversal (as it were) who usually has to cope with a massive increase.
 
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Steve Perucca
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I think there needs to be a way to reverse direction. We tried the matching number variation and had mixed oppinions whether it was good or not.

The next time I play, I'm going to try another "reverse" variation. When buckets fall, order reverses. This allows a player to "get revenge" against the previous player who made their buckets fall. It also adds some strategy, at a cost, to volutarily reverse order.
 
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I thought the "match the bid" variant was official. It's the way we've always played. It's also the way BSW plays (not that that means it's official...).
 
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Steve Perucca
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freduk wrote:
I thought the "match the bid" variant was official. It's the way we've always played. It's also the way BSW plays (not that that means it's official...).

I personally hope it's NOT official. We tried "match the bid" last Tuesday night, but it was more annoying than enjoyable. We all felt the need to have a way to reverse, we just couldn't think of a better way to do it at the time.

With my variant proposal, I look at it this way: When you chop down a tree, there's a good chance it could fall your way.
 
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I'm not sure what's so annoying about it. If the active play isn't coming close to you with all the bouncing, then your buckets are safe. If you make a big play and it's bounced back, then that's part of the fun.
 
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Steve Perucca
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Yeah, but if you make a big play, in my variant, it WILL reverse back to you, unless that opponent can somehow make a bigger play.

For our game, it was the ability to reverse a small play that really annoyed us (ie, someone reverses with a mere 3 card). In such a case, you're getting TWO effects for a ridiculously low cost: 1) you're able to save a bigger card for later use, and 2) you're reversing order. IMO, that's way too big of a benefit for too little of a cost.

Reversing should come at a decent cost. In your variant, maybe if you played 2 or more cards and matched, that might be a reasonable cost.
 
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freduk wrote:
I thought the "match the bid" variant was official. It's the way we've always played. It's also the way BSW plays (not that that means it's official...).


It's an option at BSW. It's an option almost everyone enables, but it's an option all the same.
 
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HilkMAN wrote:
I learned this variant from the friends who taught me the game - was rather surprised to find out that it doesn't belong to the original rules:

It is an official variant listed at the end of the german rules (Kosmos edition)
 
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Werbaer wrote:
HilkMAN wrote:
I learned this variant from the friends who taught me the game - was rather surprised to find out that it doesn't belong to the original rules:

It is an official variant listed at the end of the german rules (Kosmos edition)


Kosmos originally released the game in the same size box as Rio Grande (long thin box). It was re-printed a few years later in their square box format.

I believe that this variant was not listed in the original Kosmos, or the Rio Grande version, which used the original Kosmos as a translation source.
 
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Steve Perucca
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"Official Variant" means the following: 1) The original game mechanics need tweaking, 2) the original games needs to be spiced up after a few plays, or 3) both.

Rather than an "official variant," I think an expansion for Bucket King would be better. Add cards like those in Knizia's Escalation where you can "pass", as well as wild cards and reversing cards (like UNO). That way, you keep the core game "pure."
 
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SteveP wrote:
The next time I play, I'm going to try another "reverse" variation. When buckets fall, order reverses. This allows a player to "get revenge" against the previous player who made their buckets fall. It also adds some strategy, at a cost, to volutarily reverse order.

Actually at least in my RGG long box edition (T.Nr. 2842328) the setence right above the "Tips for playing the game" section it says....

"As a variant, players may allow the starting player for each round to choose to attack clockwise or counterclockwise, setting the order for that round"

so technically it's already an official variant (except the rules allow the player the choice which is more strategic then simply forcing a reverse direction).
 
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