In my experience, not really on either front.
As an endgame player I barely ever have to go out of my way to deal with menaces. I gain Suspicion from getting Criminal Favours and the Velocipede Squad extension card among things, but conflict cards reduce that faster than it builds up. Nightmares build up from a few different sources, but the Nadir keeps that well in check. (And with the new ES option for Urchins Favours, I’m actually too low on Nightmares. It’s interfering with my grinding C: Masters with the Interpreter of Dreams rare success.) Scandal builds up from Rubbery Favours but the Hell/Urchins conflict card deals with almost all of that. The Aunt action refresh card gives slow Wounds buildup that don’t get dealt with through other methods, but that’s slow enough the last time I had to spend actions lowering Wounds was two or three months ago.
Large MW gains are also pretty useless after a while. There really aren’t enough Notability uses in the game. I’ve actually stopped maintaining it entirely to get rid of the Unsigned Message card, since I can’t actually do anything with it 99% of the time.
[quote= Saklad]In the end, I recommend Shepherd, unless you are hellbent on efficiency and optimization, and don’t care a bit about the narrative effects of what you are doing.
If you are, I hear the best BDR weapon in the game is only attainable through SMEN. Have fun with that.[/quote]
I’m hellbent on efficiency and optimization so I’m willing to make the sacrifice of selling millions of souls to devils, especially given those souls would have just been sold to devils by shady spirifers anyways. As opposed to me, who’s clearly morally upstanding - I’m teaching all these other spirifers that crime doesn’t pay (for them).
And, well, efficiency and optimization is a means to an end. Sometimes that end is dumping seven Fluke-Cores down a well for three sentences of unique text. Sometimes that end is max BDR without a purpose. (And sometimes the means requires sacrificing every single lodging I own and buying back the useful ones so I can clear out my deck.)
[quote=xKiv]Near the end of rubbery murders, you can (apparently infinitely) repeat:
1 action: pick mr. twitch as the culprit
1 action: change your mind (costs some connection:constables, gives some scandal and 3 favour:rubbery)
(another 3 actions: cash-in the favours for 3*420 amber)[/quote]
Wait, does that require any cards? Otherwise that would be a pretty ridiculous grind.