|The American rules are:
"As to the rules changes, most of those who have played it actually like the mistaken rules better. That is they prefer being able to replace bridges when the opponent has majority control of only one (but not two) of the two islands involved. We have discovered that this is one of the things that makes these international games interesting--that is-- rules changes/interpretations." (Rick Soued, funagain games)
"Well, today we played one game this way, the correct way. It was the biggest
one sided blowout we have had with A-I. (And I was the one being blown out.)
Several times I found myself with with worthless cards, having to spend my
turn discarding while MaryEllen continued to pound me. I actually lost my
last bridge before the third round was over.
I remember hearing in early reviews that A-I may have a problem with it being
difficult (in my case near impossible) for a losing player to come back.
I may try the correct way again. But I would suggest others to try playing so
that all enemy bridges are still removed when you take controll of an island,
but *having* control of an island doesn't keep the enemy from building to it.
The result is a more fluid give and take, allowing someone to be down, but not
Still a great game I think.