Dude • Draw 1 • Influence 2 • Cost 6 • Upkeep 1
Experienced 1

If Max is at the town square or a Government deed, Ranches provide no control points.

Noon, Boot: Play a dude with a value of 10 or higher at Max's location, reducing their cost by 3 ghost rock (minimum 0).

"I won't do it again, Lillian. I'm done."
• Gabriel Blain • No Turning Back #7
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Okay, first off, this guy is so perfectly linked thematically and mechanically to his inexperienced form that I'd play him just for that. His first ability is the twisted mirror of the original Max, draining control from ranches instead of turning them into more. And his second ability looks for dudes that are already high value, instead of worrying about securing your low value dudes against shotguns and soul blasts. And he's just so sad! This is the end state of a frazzled accountant who just took the books and ran, and didn't even care enough to run that far. He just sits in town square, moping.

Mechanically, I'm still not sure if a 1-draw is worth the upkeep, even with the ability. Half the influence of the original is kinda hard to take as well, even if it makes sense. But he's also the first character we've seen to switch factions (or just lose their faction), and I hope this is a precursor to more of that.