In the rules it is recommended for the first games to use side A of the wonders only. After these first games (if I understand the rules correctly) players play the side that is at the top of the wonder card they draw. So some would play side A and some side B (probably). This question discusses if the two sides are balanced.
I wonder if this is really the best way?
I see several possibilities how to handle which side to play:
- randomly drawn wonder cards, but all players use side A (recommended for the first games)
- randomly drawn wonder cards, but all players use side B
- randomly drawn wonder cards, all players use the side that is at the top when the card is revealed (the normal rule)
- randomly drawn wonder cards, all players use the side they like more
I feel like variant 4 would be the best (each player may select the side) for a casual playing group, as otherwise some side A players might feel that the side B players have an "unfair" advantage (as the special abilites on B seem to be better). Would it be problematic/unbalanced to use variant 4?
How does the side get selected in tournaments?
EDIT: The rules also allow that players (if all agree) can choose which wonder to play. In this case, variant 4 is probably used (variants 1 and 2 would be possible, too), while variant 3 would be rather pointless (you'd select a wonder yourself but randomize which side to play). Anyhow, this question is about randomly chosen wonders.