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Subject: The Guardian and the Heirarchy rss

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Jeff Wood
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These are two variants that have become popular variants with my group to excite the end-game.

The Guardian
At game start, shuffle the Sentinels into a single stack, and use the spare title piece (or other object) to hide the top piece's identity. This top piece is the Guardian of the Sentinels and must be purchased first.
The identity of the Guardian is only revealed after the first winning Sentinel bid (still starting at 120)
After the Guardian is purchased, all remaining Sentinels are revealed and may be auctioned as normal

My group finds this helps curtail a point-leader from purchasing their 'perfect' Sentinel ASAP. Usually, the leader waits for someone else to purchase the random Sentinel, which has hurt the leader a couple times so far by being what the leader could best use. It does encourage the leader to wait until someone else is able to afford the Sentinels.

The Heirarchy
At game start, shuffle the Sentinels and distribute them into a heirarchy as shown, with the single top piece being the entry to the Heirarchy:

2 3
4 5 6
7 8 9

Sentinels are only available for auction if they are do not have any Sentinels before them in line. So only Sentinel #1 from the chart is available at the start of the game. After this Sentinel is purchased, then Sentinels #2 and #3 are available. If Sentinel #2 is purchased, then Sentinel #4 may now be auctioned (and later #7 once #4 is gone). Sentinel #5 is only available when Sentinels #2 AND #3 are owned.

Again, this helps curb the 'perfect' purchase situation that frequently happens in Scepter. With this model, the desired Sentinels may not be easily available and will require strategy to get through the Heirarchy by getting others to purchase the blocking tiles.

The Guardian and The Heirarchy
Start as with The Guardian setup. Once the Guardian is purchased, lay out the remaining eight tiles as per tiles 2-9 in the Heirarchy diagram.

My group likes this setup using both variants. The Sentinels becomes a task to stratigize around and there is the minor wild-card of the Guardian to defuse immediate 'perfect' purchases by the current leader.

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