Renaissance Man wrote:
Honestly, I'm not sure these qualify as variants, as much as "ways to handle having 8 people." Neither really significantly changes gameplay at all. (1) is the obvious thing to do with 8 (if you have enough Treasure and Victory cards), (2) is the obvious thing to do with 8 if you don't mind partnerships and don't have enough Treasure and Victory cards.
How does No2 not change the game play significantly?
It's more than just playing pairs and totaling your score. One player plays action cards from his hand and the other player buys with treasure from their hand then both discard. They then either share a single deck or can have separate decks.