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Can someone summarize all of the differences in rules when having a FL, and not, on a Family/Statesman card?
For the most part, it seems like you get 1 coin per card plus 2 (plus Concessions). The FL protects a Family card, but not its chits. Does it protect its money? All in all, it seems like a bit of a worthless component/mechanism for what it does.
1. The faction leader marker gives 2 extra talents per turn
2. It also protects the family card from going to Curia when the senator dies (Except during assassination prosecution). As a exult you can keep your strongest senator.
The second point is very important when a new statesman comes into play. If nobody has family card #1 and you play #1a, you will immediately take #1 when it resurfaces. Thus, if you hold a statesman card, you generally want to kill the opposing faction's senator. If that senator if someone else's faction leader, you simply can't kill him.
You should take a close look at the rules in these sections:
1. Forum phase (sponsor game or change leader)
2. End of forum phase (roll dice for cards in Curia)
3. Senate phase (assassination)
4. Revolution phase (exchange of card, play statesman card)
5. Binding and non-binding agreements
Mr. Axle can do all for you.
Your Faction Leader is also immune to Persuasion attempts, which is super important.