As you quoted, the rulebook says "The last person on the passing scale becomes the first player of next season", and that's all. As I understand it, just the starting player changes, turn-order remains the same and is not rearranged according to the passing-scale (and if the starting player is the last to pass then nothing changes at all, like it happened in your game).
Edit: just checked on BGG and this thread seems to confirm my interpretation of the rules http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/129675
As some people think, it may well be that the "variant" is better but I really prefer to stick to the official rules, unless the change is approved by the designer.
You cannot post new topics in this forum You cannot reply to topics in this forum You cannot edit your posts in this forum You cannot delete your posts in this forum You cannot vote in polls in this forum