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Subject: Role Cards: The Conductor vs. the Shepherd rss

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Alex N
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Historically speaking, what was the designer's intent in creating two similar roles, the conductor and the shepherd. At initial glance, they both seem to facilitate the movement of slaves through the cities where the station masters resided.

I can understand the conductor's role since they were physically involved in moving/leading the slaves from one site to another. But why introduce a shepherd role other than to get a discount on conductor tokens? How were they different from conductors historically?
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Brian Mayer
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All of the roles are archetypes and you are correct that historically conductors and shepherds are both focused on helping people as they travel. So there is not a significant historical distinction between the two. Their two roles are to offer variations in how that happens.
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Jeff Jones
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One of the things I think is really great about this game is that while being very thematic and giving a unique way to think about the Underground Railroad, it's also a great, very playable game. Maybe the Shepherd and Conductor historically were just two names for basically the same role in how the the Underground Railroad worked. But for the game, you want some variation in the roles, especially in the key area of moving slaves.
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