For the past year or so, the weekend gaming group I am a part of has been having a great deal of fun playing Lunch Money (with both expansions) with seven card hands.
This gives room to:
Accumulate a bit of defense;
Hold onto some health to use later;
Build up a sweet attack combo over a number of turns;
Abandonment can be truly devastating, (Or replace a worthless hand with a killer.)
Discard and replace 2 cards free of charge.
Pay one coin for each additional card discarded and replaced. May not spend last coin, even with healing cards in hand.
Heal, discard and replace as many cards as desired without cost. (As per basic rules)
We've found that 7 cards makes for some truly epic battles, and it seems to work well (for both offense and defense) whatever the play style: "Tall poppy", "Blood in the water", "Cutthroat", and even "Everybody hates me".
Has anyone else tried something like this?