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Subject: Better for the worst players, more fun for all rss

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We really enjoy Citadels in all its versions, but we found that, by oure chance, some players can get severely disadvantaged. In one game, the same player got assasinated three times in a row, and then robbed twice. Needless to say that was kinda sad for that player.
So, in order to increase the overall playability of the game, we have mixed the cards of the standard game and the dark city expansion (they actually came in one box, we didn't need to purchase any extansion... - maybe we are playing a European set?).

Character set mixes:
Anyways, we always exchange the assassin with the witch. This means that the bewitched player can at least do SOMEthing and doesn't feel too useless, and the assassin-turned-witch player gets to do some more activity meeple
Then, as we really like playing it with the maximum players allowed, we also usually add the artist (we found the queen either too powerful or too attractive for assasination), even in a three player game. This makes the robbing and bewitching more difficult and allows players to draw a less-likely-to-be-harrassed character.

Building mixes:
We typically put in all additional purple buildings, but take out the hospital (as it is useless without the assassin) and the explosive tower. The latter one can easily exploit a gap in the rules, as it says that once a player has 7 buildings the admiral/general (card#8) can no longer destroy a building. This rule does not appear to apply to the explosive tower, and one can take the first plaer to the last position by simply taking out one of the highest buildings. While this does not help the player who playes it, it completely destroys the other player on a whim and, in our opinion, much too easily. Thus, we never play it.

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts and how yer'all mix it up.
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The question is whether said player took the same character to be assassinated or robbed, or if he did alternate. Because in the first case it is an obvious flaw in the strategy.
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salish99 wrote:
(they actually came in one box, we didn't need to purchase any extansion... - maybe we are playing a European set?).

Later editions of the game include Dark City (at least in the FFG version). The expansion really only had to be purchased separately for those who bought the base game early.
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hfiguiere wrote:
The question is whether said player took the same character to be assassinated or robbed, or if he did alternate. Because in the first case it is an obvious flaw in the strategy.


always a different character - bad luck, really.
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salish99 wrote:
we found the queen either too powerful or too attractive for assasination

Attractive? I've never heard that complaint about the Queen before...
 
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