Eddie the Cranky Gamer
When playing a two or three player game, the rules state to randomly remove 8 plants before the start of the game. Are these plants shuffled back in when Step III starts, or left out for the entire game?
My logical thinking is that they should be shuffled back in to avoid acidentally removing plants 43-50 which would really throw off the game balance, but I couldn't find a clear answer in either the rules I have or the FAQ.
They are removed from the game.
Game balance would not be affected - everyone has a fair shot at the auctions.