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R H Holder
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Enjoyed my first play of the game and looking forward to the next one!

I was wondering about the theme of the game. It seems to me odd to play a family who places influence on a gangster. Seems that gangsters' allegiances would not be subject to outside influences once in a family. Also, it was a bit awkward to explain to a new player that he wasn't actually the capo, that he was just controlling the gangster in the capo position.

Next time I teach the game I will likely recommend each player to think of himself or herself as a lobbyist who is putting influence on politicians who hold various positions in a hierarchy. Then the respect and money could be considered the result policies or laws passed that are advantageous to a player's interests. I think that is a more natural thematic motif for the game mechanic.
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