Variant for the board game
Goal of the Variant
The idea is to improve the card swapping feature.
At present, unless using Variant A
the rules which permit turning in a trip coupon in
order to swap out a difficult expedition card seems mainly placebic:
might make you feel better in a losing situation, but
doesn't actually help anything. In practice, no player ever uses
them in the many games that we have played.
It seems the game underestimates the value of trip coupons.
The implication is that they are just another turn, but really they
are quite a bit more valuable than that.
The variant seeks to make
the card swap a viable feature of the game by reducing its cost.
As an additional turn option, instead of placing the initial arrow,
a player may exchange a research mission without paying a trip coupon.
Also, if a player has the right to place a free arrow by virtue of having
ended an expedition at a green dot, he may instead of placing the arrow
exchange a research mission without paying a trip coupon.
- This variant appeared with permission
in the Italian magazine Un'Altra Cosa, no. 15. (February 2004)
Mon Mar 12 18:58:08 PST 2001