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Noel
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Has anyone played with the Ixians, Tleilaxu or Landsraad?
 
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n815e (#37491),
Yes. In my personal opinion, all 3 of the variants as published are atrocious -- The Ixians have no character at all, the Tleilaxu are boring and silly, and the Landsraad is broken and silly. Several people have created their own versions, and at least two email games involving these extra powers have been/are being attempted at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DuneBoardGame.

I am currently playtesting the Landsraad using Boycat's variants (see http://geocities.com/boycat_oh/index.html) and I have to say I think my powers are too weak and inconsequential to the game so far (although that might be due to my own poor play and/or the slow progress of the game). Boycat's Ixians and Tleilaxu are definitely more flavorful than the published versions, and they both seem to be playtesting fairly well.
 
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tempus42 (#37496),
Thanks, I was wondering about boycat's variants. They definitely seem more balanced.
We really like this one and thought it'd be neat to go to nine players.
 
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n815e (#37505),

Hi, thanks for expressing interest in my variants.

I would say that the rules for Tleilaxu have been working the best out of my 3 variant factions, and so far I have seen nothing that needs to be changed.

I would make 2 changes to my rules for Ix. First, I would allow the Ixian player to give away cards at any time during bidding - only being allowed to do it once is very limiting in my opinion - this gives Ix the ability to a) give away worthless cards more easily, and b) help allies out more effectively. Second, I would change the amount of spice Ix gets from battles (if using the advanced rules) to half, rounded down.

I don't know what to do about the Landsraad - my variant, while hopefully an improvement on the dreadful (and game-killing) variant published in the General, is really not very exciting. I would suggest not playing with them at all!

Also, it certainly adds a huge amount to the gameplaying time by adding 3 more players... and Dune with 6 is a pretty long game as it is.

Phillip aka Boycat
 
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