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Subject: Feed the Guinea Pig rss

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Mike Mayer
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Small variant for those who like guinea pigs:

After each time you pot herbs, you may 'feed the guinea pig' by taking any number of herbs that are in your private garden (never from the common garden) and placing them off to one side in your 'guinea pig pile.' These herbs are out-of-play. When the game is over, herbs in your guinea pig pile are worth 2 points each. (As opposed to 1 point each for each un-planted herb left in your private garden at the end of the game).

That's it!

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We used to have Guinea Pigs.

I love this. Can't wait to try it!
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I think it would be interesting if instead of a straight 2 points/herb donated to the guinea pig, points are awarded in the order of who donated most, then second most, etc. maybe even award count numbered herbs as more. This would give those numbered herbs another ability beyond the glass jar.
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colmustard21 wrote:
I think it would be interesting if instead of a straight 2 points/herb donated to the guinea pig, points are awarded in the order of who donated most, then second most, etc. maybe even award count numbered herbs as more. This would give those numbered herbs another ability beyond the glass jar.


I like that idea.

After trying out my original variant a couple of times, I think that for the most part it doesn't make sense to feed the guinea pig until the very end, which is okay theme-wise, but it could be improved upon game-wise I think, and your suggestion may improve on that.

Or, I had another idea, which I'll post below.
 
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An Alternate Feed the Guinea Pig variant:

After each time you pot, you may select one and only one herb from your private garden to put into the 'Feed the Guinea' Pig pile. At the end of the game you score points based on this scale:

1 herb: 2pts
2 herbs: 6pts
3 herbs: 10pts
4 herbs: 14pts

(it's the same scale as the identical herb card).

And if you like the idea: Special Herbs are worth their point value if fed to the guinea pig.

The point of the alternate variant? This way you have a difficult decision of giving up herbs early in the game, herbs you might need later, in order to score big with the guinea pig.

 
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