Kimball Bent wrote:
When players draw cards, they may chose from the deck or the discard pile.
After a festival is held, ALL cards (from all players) that were used in competing for the festival are returned to the deck into the discard pile. I usually shuffle them to ensure the top card is random.
This is not correct.
You have the deck, one open card and the discard pile.
During the game, you can only select either that one open card or the top card from the deck. You can't select the top card from the discard pile! The discard pile is just a pile of cards that are out of the game.
After a festival, the used cards go to the discard pile, but the open card remains the one from before the festival and only changes when someone selects this card as one of his/her actions.