I typically play the standard 40 point, 4 island, 30 gold game. And it’s fun and balanced but just so quick. I’ve also played 100 point deathmatch, which is fun but typically whoever goes first wins. I’ve been playing a “campaign’ mode I found online where you start with 20 points and work your way up by buying ships/crew with gold that I found really fun, however. Any other variants on how to play the game that people have done?