Kevin: We thought about making the 8th player a stretch goal, but the key in this game is that table space becomes an issue.
I really do get the table space issue. I am still interested in trying it though.
If my math is correct, there is just enough duplex tiles in the game to support 8 players. (8 x 3 = 24)
For the single tiles, there is almost enough. I could print 4 more tiles to cover everything. I would for sure not make another tavern, but what other building type should I exclude?
The other option would be to just use the existing tiles, but randomly choose 4 of the discarded tiles in round 1 to supplement round 3. Not sure how much that breaks things...