I encourage people to try various house rules (alternate rules) for Crazier Eights. Here are some ideas:
- Use teams. Two or more players can be on a team. If anyone wins or loses on the team, then the whole team wins or loses.
- Separate discard piles. In addition to having the main discard pile, each player can have their own discard pile, where they put their used events and destroyed assets.
- Keep playing. If someone runs out of cards, that player wins. But if more than two other people were still playing the game, then they can keep playing. Whoever wins next gets second place (or one point), and whoever wins after that would get third place (or two points), etc.
- Play one asset and discard one event. Instead of playing one card and discarding one card each turn, players can play one asset and discard another card. If the discarded card is an event, then it has whatever effect is stated on it.
- Discard only. Instead of playing a card and discarding a card every turn, players can just discard a card every turn and that card has an effect. That card must be the right color or rank. If no card is discarded, then the player draws a card. (This is actually the rules I used years ago, but I decided the new rules worked better.) It is also recommended that only one card can be played as an asset or event each turn.
- Draft. Before the game begins, each player draws seven cards as usual, but then they take one card from them and passes the other cards to the left. Then they take one card from the six cards at were passed to them, and they continue this process until they have picked seven cards. Those are the cards each player starts the game with.
- Start the game with eight cards. Eight or more cards will likely make the game longer, but will reduce the luck factor. Fewer cards will likely speed the game up, but decrease the importance of strategy.
Do you have any other ideas? Try them out and let us know how they worked out.