Bart de Vos
Just wanted to get clarifications on a couple points.
1) On the sensei card that functions as either a 2 or a 4 dojo card: can you use just this sensei tile to substitute for playing a dojo card to acquire another sensei tile?
I'd say no. You need to discard a card for that or have already mastered a certain class of skills.
2) It seems that rumor cards are never really cycled out unless someone buys them or gets them during a scoring phase - in other words, they aren't cycled off at the end of each round - just empty spots filled - correct? I'm really asking this question for a gaming partner of mine, who had a real question/problem with the fact that they weren't changed out enough (in her opinion).
You are right. They aren't cycled off. I've heard other players complain about this as well. Sometimes you can get screwed if a rumor card that you've collected one or two from in the first few rounds doesn't show up anymore. It's even more problematic with 2 or 3 players, as less cards will be bought. I think that's exactly the reason why this game works best with 4.
I've not played it with 2 yet, but perhaps there is a need to make a house rule that lets players decide to recycle cards at the end of a round?