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Subject: Power cards turn order variant rss

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Here's the variant:

When playing Power cards, rather than order of play going clockwise from the player who went last on the previous turn, instead play in reverse turn order compared to the previous turn.

Example:
On turn 1, power cards played were:
Red: 9
Yellow:7
Green: 5
Blue: 3
Brown: 1

On turn 2, play in the following order:
Brown, Blue, Green, Yellow, Red
regardless of who sits where.
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It might be helpful to have a turn order track like in Brass or Steam or Caylus.
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My favorite 18xx game for six players is two games of 1846 with three players each.
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We've used that variant. It's a slight improvement at the cost of slightly more overhead.
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I finally got round to testing this variant today (Wed 23 Feb 2011). I think it is an all round improvement and it's here to stay.

NB. It makes the low power cards (especially #2) slightly stronger, but that is not a bad thing at all IMO.
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Also it was not particularly confusing, so you don't need a turn order track.
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That's good to hear that it worked well. Thanks for reporting back.
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I have only played one game of El Grande but i have heard a lot about this variant. Why does this variant improve the game? I would like to use it from now on in all my games.
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Because it is 'fairer'.

If you play a 2 and player to your left plays a 1, for example, then next turn he gets first pick of power cards but you get last pick, even though you both probably had a bad turn this turn. Going first on a scoring round is powerful, so getting the first opportunity to play your 13 is important.
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At the end of the round, turn your stack of played power cards sideways. Play your new card orthogonal. That makes it obvious who has played.
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