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Lanters: The Harvest Festival - Solo Variant

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I had the opportunity to play this great little tile laying game last year at GenCon's First Exposure Playtest Hall. I was immediately smitten with the mechanic of distributing lanterns to each player based on which color was facing them.

The Kickstarter was just fulfilled a couple of weeks ago and the game is hitting store shelves now, so I thought I'd take this opportunity to share a solo variant that I've come up with.

Setup:
- Use only the dedication tokens for the 2 player game
- Use only 5 of each lantern color
- Use only 12 lake tiles (excluding the start tile)
- Place the start tile with red facing you (this is good luck, you're going to need it)

Game Play:
As with the original game your turn follows the order:
- Exchange a Lantern (optional)
- Make a Dedication (optional)
- Place a Lake Tile (optional)

Use the following rules when placing tiles:
- Whenever you place a lake tile, first take your lanterns, then place all of the other lanterns that would be distributed in a 4-player game in the Grandmaster's tableau.
- Any time you place a platform tile and take a favor token, place a favor token in the Grandmaster's tableau. (Note: This doesn't apply when you match a platform only when you play one.)

Opposition scoring:
- After you play a tile and distribute lantern cards, check to see if the Grandmaster can score. The Grandmaster will score according to the following:
1. The Grandmaster will always take the highest scoring tile possible, whether this means using favors or not.
2. When using favors to exchange lanterns, the Grandmaster will always return a lantern of the most common color available. If there is a tie, the player may choose which color lantern to return.

Next round:
- Once you have checked scoring for the Grandmaster, you may then move on to your next turn.

All other rules are the same.

Please let me know if you find any omissions. If you haven't had the opportunity to play this game, I'd highly recommend it.

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Randy from Foxtrot Games has

Randy from Foxtrot Games has sent out a link to my solo variant on their newsletter with a call for playtesters. If anyone is interested in providing playtest feedback or data, here is the link to the BGG thread: https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1366173/solo-variant-grandmaster

Thanks,
Gary

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