So, Erin and I bought the Target exclusive Oregon Trail board/table-top card game. The rules to this game are simple to the point of being anemic. Additionally, the game is difficult and unbalanced to the point of forcing people to die and sit out for ~30 minutes because “The trail is harsh, pardner”. Bullshit.
Erin and I, with the help of some board game forums, have come up with some home rules that augment the original rules. We don’t change any card text, or remove any cards (not even the crap insta-death cards). We add some optional actions that might make it easier for players to survive the trail.
My Oregon Trail rules (revised) [Tarred, bzipped]