Thanks for that. We ended up playing the variant scenario posted elsewhere, and just bid for one soecial power as per the normal game except we removed the defensive bonus power. I think the two random powers might work better, as the turn order is less obviously needed. The game was very enjoyable, and my wife was much taken with it. Not likely to be a game to hit the table often, but I think this may rank alongside Brass as a game that really ought to be played with more, but which has a lot to offer for two.
I completely agree on both counts.....