I bought the El Presidente expansion a while ago, but still didn't had the opportunity to play it.
I also wanted to try out the solo version of Cuba as published here on BGG.
So Today I combined the two together.
Here I will tell you what I did, based on these solorules. http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/39626
The main problem was how to deal with the Cubans.
I took the 2 player rules, so that every round you have 6 turns and must choose 2 Cubans.
Because in a one-player game there is no start-player, I turned the Dancer into a 3th Donkey. (sorry for that)
On the start of every round, I took the other 5 Cubans, mixed them blind and randomly set 2 of them aside.
The other 3 I mixed with the 3 donkeys, and them placed them on the board.
So every round there was another combination of Cubans, which I found very nice.
Of course you can do this only once, and play the whole game with the same set.
I must say, that I found it quite enjoyable to play this way.
It was a nice way to get accostumed with the rules of this expansion.
It brought me 117 points. I think that's not bad for the first time.
So, I hope others will enjoy this too, and if anyone has any comment, please do.
interestingly, we decided to house-rule this into being standard play. Always jumble all the cubans, and pick one or two to replace with donkeys. Except our picking method is to roll a 6-sided die.
Who fell asleep in the rain? Did you fall asleep in the rain? Yes you did. Oh yes you did.
This was great fun. I played for the first time last night and managed a 102 after 8 rounds. I never played Cuba or the expansion before, so I reckon that's a reasonable first go.
Thanks for coming up with this method for dealing with the Cubans. It works great.