Sorry for the delay in posting these rules changes. Part of the delay has been to allow time to test the changes.
The changes are:
1. Remove the French bateaux card from the initial deck and place it with the availble cards.
2. Reserve - you cannot place location cards in your reserve.
3. Raids - the raid distance is now two connections plus one connection for each additional card played (so playing two Native American cards would allow you to raid a location up to three connections away).
4. Home Support - you can only take cards from your draw deck, so if you had fewer than three cards available you would only be able to draw these. Consequently, the only time you shuffle your discard pile is when you need to refill your hand at the end of the turn and your draw deck is exhausted.
What I have realised in testing different versions of the game is that in itself is what could make the game retain long-term playability. Changing the rules is effectively the same as the changing card combinations in Dominion. What I am planning on doing is publishing varients on the Treefrog website. It's probably best to think of them as scenarios. Some of these will take the form of'what-ifs', allowing the game to diverge from published history.
Many thanks for your patience in waiting for an 'official' response. I am aware that this will not stop more posts being made by various persons, but that's the nature of the Geek, so no point in worrying about it.
Damit soll nun effektiv die starke Belagerungs-Strategie der Briten gebrochen sein/werden. Bin gespannt!