However, I realised we were playing incorrectly: when we were down to 3 cards we shuffled the discard pile, & drew back to 6!
I.e. not using your 3 crappiest cards? That would indeed make things easier!
BTW I agree the art is very pleasing; I think K2 was one of the first boardgames Jarek Nocoń illustrated, and he's gone on to do many more!