the liberal unsavory type
Have you tried this variant, and if so how did it work.
We always play this way (after an early 6-player game that just wouldn't end) and it works great. The game ends after 2 or 3 years (or whatever you choose) or when the regular victory condition kicks in. Break ties by villages/people/food as usual. Makes a great game even better by making sure it finishes when people are still having fun.