In Medias Res seems a bit unbalanced, as the randomness can lead to one player drawing three schticks that all complement their starting ones, and another getting three useless schticks. What you start with has a huge effect on getting things moving at the beginning of the game.

One option I'm considering is to have everyone start with all six of their red-bordered schticks instead of drawing random ones. This is a bit unfair to Roy, as two of his six are for the endgame - one boosts him when fighting Xykon, the other gives him 1 extra Bragging Right (the worse schtick ever, at least to start the game with). However, since Roy is generally considered the most effective character (and the Xykon schtick is very useful with Wandering Xykon) it's an acceptable option. Has anyone tried this?