Pwn since 1981
We tested the game with 8 Player and i was VERY surprised how good it worked!
1). All cards does fit, so 9x8 Player = all cards (3 are left, for optional drawing - the mule)
2). No Downtime;
3). Interessting play i.e.
12+6 with 2x = 36 against 3,10,8,4,+4,+8=37 Won!
1, and get at the end 6 so =7 against single 3 against 4 with -2 and Won!
It took us 50min ! Points get from 27,40 ... till 83 and some player could even commit some combo (3 for dogs and 1 for dogs)
We had a interessting situation where one player took a curse tresure at max (-5) and got a yellow role for 3 VP per that color. And because ALL cards are in the 8 player game (3 left) the player could grap near ALL cards of that color (another player took the 1) and got lots of point even he had to grap a curse tresure. And still makes a lots of pionts (8x3=24-5=19)
So the aspect that near ALL cards are in the game with 8 Player makes it very interessting!
If someone does want to take 3 cards out, you could take the 3 mule cards out.