My favorite game was while being one action card down only picking 3 roles, Explore/+1,+1, Consume/Trade and Produce. They had no clue what I was missing going into the third game.
Let's not forget that you won that game, you sneaky sonuva...
Just want to chime in that I'm a fan of this variant. Switches things up rather nicely. Depending on which action card you lose, it can force you to adapt your normal playstyle in interesting ways. Strongly recommended for the Race fiends among us.