I'm contemplating introducing the game to a group of friends, but we'd end up in the uncomfortable situation of having one player sit the session out. Since I want to avoid that, I wonder what experienced players think of the following idea?
6-player introduction variant: -Have 2 players control Dracula. -First player plays according to normal rules. -Second player -being the one with knowledge of the game- acts both as an advisor to Dracula and a rules teacher to the Hunters, ie.reminding them which actions they can take and providing some measure of hints and tips on good moves. -During Dracula phase, both players agree on Dracula's actions. First player gets the casting vote in case of a tie.
The point here would be to let a new player have fun with Dracula without risking the whole session on some illegal moves on his part, or a poor understanding of the rules.
In this case your 6th player is for all intents and purposes a moderator for the entire game. If you feel like watching your friends play and being there to give advice and answer questions is worthwhile is up to you. Personally I would find it a little boring, but would probably be willing to do it myself if it meant I would be able to play the game with some of them in the future.
In my opinion this isn't a 6 player variant at all. But it's an excellent way for teaching the game to new players - especially for an unexperienced Dracula player. I would do it exactly like described.