A friend mentioned a possible easy tweak of the Saint Petersburg rules: just pay out the buildings once again at the end of the game (perhaps disallowing observatory/debtor's prison except for taking the 1 VP).

This has two possible advantages:

  1. It could enable a viable blue-heavy strategy to compete with the as-many-aristocrats-kinds-as-possible strategy.
  2. The trading card phase at the end would actually matter for blues as well as aristocrats.

Can anyone shoot holes in the idea? I'm curious for people to try this out and report how it goes.

  • Could this possibly be reformatted into a question? Or is this intended to just have "Yes this works", "No it doesn't" answers? Commented May 30, 2011 at 13:28
  • Reformatted a bit, but that's basically what I was going for, yes. Commented May 30, 2011 at 22:33
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    Have you tried this house rule? I'm a little put-off by you asking for other folks to try it out and report back if you haven't gone through that effort yourself.
    – Pat Ludwig
    Commented May 31, 2011 at 0:05
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    Pat, wow. I haven't had a chance to play, but not for lack of effort or desire. There's a presumption that people who would try it out would, well, want to try it out! The implication of your statement is that I should withhold the idea until I've tried it, because I am somehow doing damage by presenting it untested. If you are someone who doesn't like testing house rules, then obviously that addendum is not for you. Commented Jun 15, 2011 at 20:54
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    Voting to close because no experience with the house rule has been demonstrated per this meta question. A better version would be "A problem we've had with Saint Petersburg is X; using Y house rule seems to have helped. Is there a side effect we're missing?" Commented Feb 14, 2012 at 16:43

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I don't see any reason why this would fail to work, but it would change the strategy. I'll give it a go next time I play, if I can persuade the other players to try it.

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