I've found a rule change that makes the game play nicer :)
It adds two new meld types:
A mixed-run-meld. This is a run with a "thread" of suits. E.g. 2 and 3 could share suns, 3 and 4 could share knots. Thus you create a mixed-run of 2-3-4.
A mixed-suit-meld. This is a set of three or more cards of any rank, as long as they share the same suit.
Here's the scoring system:
A straight-run-meld (that's a run-meld following a single suit) scores the value of the highest card in the run.
A mixed-run-meld scores the value of the lowest card in the run.
A rank-meld (three or more cards of the same rank) scores the value of the rank played.
A full suit-meld (contains exactly one of each of the six suits) scores the value of the highest card in the meld.
A mixed-suit-meld (that's three or more cards of any rank, sharing the same suit) scores zero.
Aces are worth 1 point, Crowns are worth 10 points.
Go through the pack twice, as per original rules, creating as many melds as possible. At the end of the game, count the number of cards you have remaining. Subtract this number from your total meld score.