Has anyone tried playing with the large city office bonus tiles and/or city cards face down and only revealing them once each city is visited for the first time? If so, did it add anything to the game?
It would make some characters almost unplayable depending that much on luck. Like Wilhelm von Rubruk needs some money making spots in the beginning, Kubilai Khan needs strong cards near Beijing, Johannes Caprini need to teleport to the 3vp's small city early...
You would weaken the travel actions as the earnings are uncertain.Most of the time you plan your route cause of the actions and boni along the route.
The two "cheapest" routes via Moscow and Ormuz would be even used more often and the other routes via Samarcanda or Kochi would be skipped cause the ability to travel them fast enough depends very much on the card set up.