[quote=Lady Red]For the criminals, I see it less as connections (although that’s the word for it) but favours owed… so if you ask for a favour, then your connected score drops. But you’re right, Urthdigger, it doesn’t quite make sense how it’s currently phrased.
Re the topic - I would be quite happy to get a big drop if it was easier to grind connections back up. I haven’t done the maths, but it’s really time consuming grinding criminals up in the flit.[/quote]
You piqued my curiosity, so I ran the maths on grinding for the Pugilism & Politics card.
As best as I can tell, the most efficient way to grind Connected: Criminals now is to visit the Sardonic Music-Hall Singer, who gives 3CP per action. Credit to Blast_Fantastic for reporting this - previously, I had done this by grinding Casing with my Gang of Hoodlums, and then selling information to Criminals. That approach is a bit less efficient, at 2.647 Connected per action.
To reach Connected: Criminals 30, you’ll need 465 CP. At 3CP/action, it will take 155 actions of grinding. Along the way (assuming you’re visiting the Singer), you’ll earn 1550 pence of whispered secrets, and 775 CP of Connected: Bohemian. If we assume that non-Criminals connections are still worth approximately 2 pence per CP, then that’s about 1550 worth of Connected: Bohemian.
The direct value of beating the minister is 2600 pence of goods. Over 156 actions, we’ve earned a total of 5700 pence. The average pence per action? 36.5. The results are more dire with the Gang of Hoodlums: set your gang to work 26 times, for a total of 130 actions; plus another 47 actions to convert your Casing to Connected: Criminals; plus 1 action for Pugilism. In this scenario you’re only earning the 2600 pence from Pugilism, so your 177 actions are returning 14.689 pence per action.
From a straight monetary perspective, absolutely not worth it. It’s some consolation that you walk away with a unique item, though. Also, since most other Connected: Criminals cards only require a level 10 to cash in, that only costs 55 CP or 19 actions, so the pence-per-action may work out to be more lucrative on those even if the individual payout is smaller.