Tinkers to Tales of the Arabian Nights
I've enjoyed Tales of the Arabian Nights for
years, but the original game eventually became too
easy as we all learned many of the stories. Interestingly,
embedded under the stories is a good race game.
For experienced players, we developed a few variants.
The most interesting one is these alternate victory
conditions. One needs all of:
We always use the two-player rules, that is, draw two
cards and deal with one of them. Skip the merchant rules.
- Sultan status
- Being in Baghdad at the end of your turn
- 20 Destiny Points
- 20 Story Points
- Fabulous weath
- A treasure
- 2 Quests completed
Initial conditions can be varied to handicap players.
The strongest players should be started with one of
each point (starting with zero destiny points is no
good---a player can get eliminated randomly too easily
without a D point to trade away), one skill of their
choice (excluding Major Magic, of course...everyone
takes Scholarship), and Beggar wealth level (the lowest).
Weaker players can be started at higher wealth levels
and/or with two or three skills.
Some Minor Rules Tinkers
Players with a very bad status may choose to start over.
Players may not have more than 20 DPs or SPs. Any extra
are lost. If, however, a player loses points while at
20, they go below 20.
When players may trade a wealth level to a player with
a skill or status who's in their square, if they have
the skill or status themself, they can trade the wealth
level for the benefit desired. This is a must in the
solo variant and a good idea in general.
Studmuffin rules apply. When drawing cards from the deck
for quest extensions, reshuffle unused cards back into the
deck, so as to remove only one card for this purpose. Try
to accomplish all the objectives before the end of the
first deck. If you manage that (it isn't easy), try to
have more cards left over. Finishing by the end of the
second deck is quite good. Failing to finish by the end
of the third deck is disappointing.
Be very careful about getting Sultan too early.
By far the most difficult goal is Fabulous wealth,
but that's obtained by turning Sultan when you have
a treasure. If you lose a wealth level after becoming
Sultan, it can take quite awhile to get back to Fabulous.