The truth is a lemon meringue!
I own CITOW and HR and have played the base game around 5 times before getting the HR and I have since played the full 5 player game with all Morsleib chaos cards around 5 times as well. I'd play it more but I don't have a regular group and those people I do play with prefer to play a variety of games.
I would love to love the HR as 5 players is a nice number for most of the games nights I get involved in. Personally I haven't found too many issues with the HR expansion but I suspect this is because the games I have played with have always had newbies in them and so balance is not a factor in the enjoyment of the game. Some players have not enjoyed the game but this has mainly been down to it being 'just not their thing' rather than issues with particular cards, rules or balance issues. Lots of people have enjoyed it as well I am glad to say! If anything I write below could be adjusted to allow the viable inclusion of a 5th Skaven player then that would be excellent.
Anyway to my point ...
In this thread: This is the best boardgame I ever played Umbratus says:
What the base game needs is only a fix for the upgrades. I dont see an easy solution for all the expansion issues but I think that the base games upgrades can be improved by adding a few new interesting cards. I lack the means and ambition to fix the Horned Rat so I abandoned it for good, not planning to look back.
Having read some well reasoned posts by Umbratus I am happy to bow to his clearly vast experience and accept this view. So the question I have is:
What could be done to tweak the Upgrade Cards in the base game to make it play even better, without destroying the balance that already exists, even maybe slightly improving it (if possible!).
I would be prepared to work on some card designs for potentially printing on Artscow but in the first instance some hand written cards would work perfectly well for testing. Even printing a sheet of upgrades details and then ticking off the ones you take would work!
Has any work been done on this sort of idea before? Would it be possible to borrow from the expansion at all, even for just one or two cards or even simply the concepts that are introduced?
The other thing that slightly concerns me about CITOW is that newbies have a hard time seeing past the 'Khorne factor' in the base game. I mean the commonly held belief that Khorne is the best power to play if you want to win. As I largely play with newbies (and you can probably class me with