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Subject: The "More Factions" Variant rss

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The following is a very simple variant intended to accentuate Faction usage, and to eliminate the situation where cards from not-in-play or eliminated-from-play Factions are drawn which are effectively useless to the player:

Game Setup

1. Each player secretly selects one Faction by placing any Faction Event card of their choice face down on the table. Turn both cards simultaneously so that both players can see what was selected. This Faction is not added to play, it's just that their cards will make up the initial setup Faction Event deck.

2. Each player takes only the cards of the chosen Faction plus all non-Faction cards (i.e. By Chance or by Foresight / The Union of All Our Strength cards for the Free Player, and Servants of Sauron / His Will and his Malice cards for the Shadow player) and each player shuffles these cards, which now form the Faction Event deck for each player. Put all other Faction Event cards to one side for now.

e.g. the Free player picks Ents and the Shadow picks Spiders. By having only those cards (plus the non-Faction cards) in the deck, each player will be able to quickly pull important cards for the chosen Faction to unlock their abilities (along with the neutral cards) and obviously it will be benefitial for each player to get their chosen start Faction into play first.

Game play

Play the game as normal, but do the following when Factions come into play, or when they are eliminated from play:

A. If a Faction comes into play and its cards are not in the deck (i.e. it was not the initial setup Faction), add all of that Factions cards to the deck, then shuffle the updated deck (do not add the discard pile before shuffling).

B. If a Faction is eliminated from play, remove all cards for that Faction (only), from the deck, hand, and discard pile and put these cards to one side (these cards are now out of play for the rest of the game), then shuffle the updated deck (do not add the discard pile before shuffling).
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