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Dean Adam
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We ruled (after much debate) that this wasn't legal, that influence could only be played on a named gangster spot. Were we right?

 
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Jorgen Peddersen
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Of course influence can't be played on gangsters in prison. However, you are allowed to place influence on the associates in preparation for them entering the board when you fill jobs. It's a great move in the final round of the game, given they'll likely enter for the final scoring sequence.
 
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Dean Adam
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Yeah we got the associates and used them well - since there was nearly always someone heading to prison most rounds. The argument was more in the nature that the gangsters in prison can come back into play, so they're still active in some sense. Thematically the view was that gangsters can still be influential from prison, and that when it comes back you'll recoup your investment. Also nothing we found specifically said that influence can only be played on gangsters x-y. I felt that was implied, the person who wanted to play it felt that unspecified left it in the realm of a face up gangster card like any other...

 
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Jorgen Peddersen
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The rules do say that gangsters that go to Prison are out of play, though. Besides, all the gangsters in Prison are in a single stack. You would need to separate them out if you were going to allow something like that.
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Stephen Avery
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I'm all about house rules..but I do think it would be a pain in the butt to keep track of.

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Dean Adam
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Yeah, that was the main reason I managed to argue it down. Sounds like we made the right call then. Thanks.
 
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Jake Kamps
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so, is it "legal" to influence a Gangster in Prison?
 
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Dean Adam
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we went with no and Steve seemed to endorse that view...
 
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Jake Kamps
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it "seemed" that way, but not too clearly..
 
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We'll make it official. You CAN'T influence gangsters in prison. It'd be cool thematically, but it's just a logistical pain.
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Mark J
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TomVasel wrote:
We'll make it official. You CAN'T influence gangsters in prison. It'd be cool thematically, but it's just a logistical pain.


The game already implements this though. Don't the cards that allow you to take someone out of prison also say you put your own 2 incentive tokens on the gangster? So that's the influence you had on the person while they were in prison.
 
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