What side would you pick, and why? I know that, ever since the revamp to actually make them worthwhile, most people simply side with the faction they have the lower Connected level with (I do, at least), but what would be your first choice, if you could only choose once? Circumstances can depend both on the faction and the unique circumstances of the card, naturally. No poll, because it would be mammothian. I’ll start…
“A contact in the Great Game has a tale for you” (Church/Great Game): Church. I’m not particularly partial to the Church, but if getting involved in religion makes them feel better, especially if they have such a difficult past, I feel that it’s not really my right to interfere with that. Also, if he does continue participating in the Game, that will likely mean increased death and suffering for many people due to the nature of the Game, and I just wouldn’t feel right allowing that.
“Crime or Punishment?” (Constables/Criminals): Criminals. Normally I am in favour of law enforcement, but the circumstance described in the card is clearly nothing but a totalitarian infringement of free speech.
“Brimstone or Frankincense?” (Hell/Church): Church. At first I tried both, thinking, “Oh, it’s just a harmless prank, it can’t possibly be that sinister,” and ended thinking, “Oh dear gods what did I just do?” Yeah. I don’t like Hell. Never trustworthy.
“The kaleidoscopic church” (Church/Bohemians): Bohemians. The flavour text says it all.
“The Acacia and the Butterfly” (Orient/Docks): Docks. Once again, the flavour text says it all.
“The Devil and the Child” (Hell/Urchins): Urchins. I’m not a religious man by any stretch of the imagination, but if I ever condemned a person to eternal torment for personal gain, I would never sleep well again. Doubly so because it’s a child. Getting my house burned down is a comparatively small price to pay.
“A misfortune at the Carnival” (Rubbery Men/Tomb-Colonies): Rubbery Men. I just like them better. Sorry, tomb-colonists, it’s nothing personal.
“Going gentle” (Society/Tomb-Colonies): Tomb-Colonies. I disdain high society in general, and the man has a right to do as he wishes. It’s not my place – or his family’s, for that matter – to go against that.
“Amber in the well” (Revolutionaries/Rubbery Men): Rubbery Men. Again, I just like them better. Sorry, revolutionaries. Also, the revolutionaries are crazy.
“They all look the same to me” (Constables/Rubbery Men): This could actually go either way for me. As much as I love the Rubberies, they are not above the law, and deserve to be appropriately punished for violating it. However, the Constables are not the most trustworthy or law enforcement officers, nor is Victorian London’s law system the most just. (I imagine things would get even worse with the Masters in charge). Without the knowledge of why the Rubbery Men did it, or the extent of the damage they caused, I am unable to make a full decision. (I’d probably give the Rubberies the benefit of the doubt, though.)
“Youthful high spirits” (Docks/Urchins): Urchins. They need the money more. The dockworkers have proper jobs they can fall back on. Better the urchins get money this way than by pickpocketing innocent bystanders.
“A familiar face by the school railings” (Orient/Urchins): Orient. I am normally in favour of Urchins…but neither am I very sentimental. And this is, actually, a better deal for the girl than returning to her gang would be – the patronage of the Widow will be a great boon for a child who would otherwise be left to fend for herself in the cruel streets.
(A list of all the conflict cards can be found at http://echobazaar.wikidot.com/connection-dependent-cards, for reference.)
edited by Little The on 5/28/2012