I hosted a beer and pretzel game of Bootleggers tonight with 3 players who hadn't played and 2 who introduced me to the game, but had some of the rules messed up. So this was first time with "all" the correct rules.
Here's a quick summary. Game ended at Turn 11.
Winner: $120K (never played)
Grabbed many Thug cards; extorted and extorted
Low influence, but consistenty sold a loaded heavy truck.
Held back some higher cards for the end, so was able to get big payoffs at the end. (35 was the highest in turn 11)
Second: $111K (never played)
Had controlling influence of Barley's.
Remote still with 2 dice
Influence at all speakeasies
Had the free truck card from Turn 1.
Fourth: $97 (never played)
Controlled Lil's entire game
Nice simple strategy for first timers.
Lost controlling influence of 2 dice speakeasy
Tried a truck monopoly - overhead killed him, especially when the copper took all his production.
Turn 10 had eventually 1,2, and 3 winners at at 97, 99, and 95K.
Major lessons learned:
Controlling thug cards and extortion can be an effective strategy.
Every dollar can count.
Get one influence marker in Barley's
Avoid letting anyone control Lil's the entire game (average return is 10G per turn)
Overall should have done's:
Eliminated single influence marker of leader's in Barley's
Never let anyone have controlling influence for more than a turn
Grab the Investigation Card if possible.
Lots of fun