I haven't played this yet, but for major gamers is the the defacto way to play?
I also noticed you can handicap yourself by mixing who is playing what. I am just curious what peoples thoughts are. I am not sure I 100% understood what the advanced rules were telling me so I need to re-read more carefully. Have 2 plays under my belt so far with just the regular game.
You should play the Navratanas (sp?) variant as soon as possible. It's much better.