A variant that we have come up with for scoring that seems to work better for my gaming group is as follows:
- Place the point cards face up in separate piles, 1, 2, 3.
- On your turn, each door that you go through, or wall you hop over before or after going through one of the fish doors counts as a point.
- Take the wooden fish and the point card representing the total number of points you got from your shot.
- We've also started to play with these rules but also include hitting an opponent (not the catcher though) as an extra point when you go through the doors with fish.
For example, if you go through one door and then through the door with fish, you get to take a 2 point card.
If you go through the fish door first and then a door with no fish in one shot, you still get a two point card.
If you go through a fish door, a second door, and then finish by hitting an opponent, you would get three points!
note: This is for a single shot only. You cannot use two 1 point cards to take two shots and combine the points from both shots.
However, the 1 point cards are still used in this variant to get an extra shot.
Finally, the rules apply similarly to the catcher. If the catcher goes through a door to hit another penguin, then he gets two points.
We've found that at the end of the game, we are far more satisfied with the final scores.
This variant also means we can get some amazing moments where someone's penguin will curve through three doors and hit someone and one of those doors is the fish door therefor getting a total of 4 points!
This helps people who are behind still feel invested in the game.