I see several people complaining about the flaw in the implementation for 3 and 4 player games that advantages the later players significantly. I also see several people (myself included) that will no longer play this game in these player counts.
The response from the developer has been that no changes will be made to address this, since
1) it would be a "house rule"
2) the publisher/designer is against a change
3) BGA policy does not allow implementing "house rules" unless approved by the publisher
The official rules (I checked English and French) are consistent with the implementation on BGA:
1) you only guess on your turn instead of asking a question
2) once someone has guessed correctly, you finish the round ("so that very player has the same number of turns")
3) then it says "All players who correctly guessed the central tiles win"
So the implementation is faithful. That said, the way the rules are written, it almost reads like an oversight. For example, it says "All players who correctly guessed the central tiles win." Meaning, does the writer realize that the direct implication is that the 1st player may ask a question, giving everyone the answer, then not be able to participate in guessing?
I couldn't find the BGA policy on house rules. There is a developer guideline that says "Fidelity to the original game is an absolute requirement". In fact, I know some games (like Hand & Foot) are full of house rules in the configuration (though that probably is a public domain game). But there could be other BGA policy documentation I haven't seen.
So for fans of the game who would like to see this improved, what can we do?
A) confirm or make an argument that house rules should be allowed here as optional configuration options at least.
B) boycott 3 and 4 player games, and see if anyone cares?
C) petition the publisher to allow a "house rule"