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Hilko Drude
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You can play Volta with three or four players, if you have enough steeds and riders.

Volta for four:
Form two teams of two players each, with partners playing the same color and sitting across from each other. Place your steed with rider in front of you in the arena. As usual, the player who was eliminated first in the last round starts. In the first round, choose a starting player randomly. Play proceeds clockwise.
The last team to have at least one rider in the saddle. If that team has only one rider in the saddle (and in the arena), that team scores one point; if both are still in the saddle, two points.
When a rider falls of the steed, the steed remains in the arena until the end of the round!
Note: When playing with four players, there are some special situations: When each team has only one rider in the saddle and both are unsaddled in the same move, the team whose turn it wasn't scores one point. If one team has both riders in the saddle, the other one only one, and two riders of different teams are unsaddled in the same move, the winning team receives one point if it was their move, or two if it wasn't.

Volta for three:
One player plays against the other two. The team changes in every round:
In the first round, A plays against B and C
In the second round, B plays against A and C
In the third round, C plays against A and B
Then start over.
In the three player game, you can score one or two points per round as well. The team gets one point, when one of each side has been unsaddled (including the case that one of the team players unsaddles the single player and him/herself in the same move). The team gets two points when both team players are still in the saddle and the single player isn't. If the single player wins, s/he gets two points.

(These are preliminary rules that we want to incorporate into the game eventually. Anyone who tries any of these rules (and anyone else, of course) is welcome to make suggestions for improvement. Thanks!)
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Hilko Drude
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The three player rules suggested above weren't entirely convincing, I'm afraid. A more straightforward option may be that player A plays player B, then player B plays player C, then player C plays player A etc., for one point each, until somebody reaches 10 points. Thoughts?
 
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Ah! Sorry, I meant to reply to your message sooner about the three player variant. We were playing the original variant above and had fun doing it...but it was a little tricky keeping track of who needed to do what each turn. We ended up playing 4 player rules, with one player driving two mounts on two adjacent sides of the board.
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