Jason Webster
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Here is a variant based on the idea that people use for Axis and allies.

In this variant, the two players will bid for the right to play the British. The player who bids to remove the most Regular troop cards from play gets to play the British. If it is a tie then flip a coin for the right to play the British, but you must also remove one Militia card from play for the British.

Any thoughts?
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Alex Rockwell
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This might work. With a couple less regular infantry, the British cant force the military win.
 
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Clyde W
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In removing two RI cards from Brit empire deck, it's possible this causes an auto win for French. The game is balanced on a pinpoint. By removing the tools Brits must use to win, the game becomes unbalanced in the other direction.
 
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Jason Webster
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So does removing 2 regular infantry cause an auto win for the French or is is just possible. What about removing just 1 regular infantry. Has this already been tested?
 
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I would not recommend this because the bidding is just too chunky. Bidding will always be at 1 or 2. So it comes down to coin flips.
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John Sizemore
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Would it possible to give half-credits by allowing the French player to take or lose something additional? Maybe the bids could be:
Brits lose 1 RI
Brits lose 1 RI, French lose Bateaux from deck (or Brits take Bateaux, French start with Settler, something like this)
Brits lose 2 RI
Brits lose 2 RI, French lose Bateaux, etc.

I don't think I could beat Tim, even if he lost the 2 RI, so this might be at least a semi-fix. 8ˆ)

 
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As a bidding idea, one could go "pie rule" route where one player decides what the initial start conditions are, such as removing X from the game, and so on, and the second player then decides whether they will play with those conditions or play the other side.
 
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