...do you make a pair to knock someone out of making a big play...
Looking at the rules, it says that you only discard the duplicate cards played afterwards in the event of a pair. So you making a pair would only affect you, not the original card. Unless I'm missing something?
Fancy looks like a cool variant, I'm looking forward to getting it to the table. We had fun with Nine Virtues but we feel it needs 4 or more players. It fell a little bit flat at 3.