Pushed my chips all in and managed to win the whole San Diego pot with this seedy little stack of 52. Special thanks to Glen Smallman for hosting this wonderful and intimate 5-player round robin tournament to close out the Southern California Sheriff season.
Now if you have ever traveled the continental United States, you might notice a special little book that seems to turn up in just about every little mom-n'-pop and chain hotel betwixt the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans - Gideon's Bible. What if, just what if, sitting in broad daylight, that minuscule manuscript, which is in fact a single book, contained within it mystical powers, perhaps describing the mysterious rings of the Blood Moon Rising, and if the reader could decipher the layers of meaning to the words, what may be unlocked was wild beyond darkest dreams - Power unchecked by the Laws of Celestial Mechanics!
Or in Doomtown terms: Cheatin' and gettin' away with it...
Well it turns out that Maria Kingsford and Antheia Pansofia were able to do just that - decode the De Annulos Mysteriis - and unleash it's power on Gomorra. Running with a pack of simple hustlers and petty thieves pushing a Protection Racket on the business end of The Gambler's Gun, these ladies in partnership with their consultant Harry Highbinder have plans for townsfolk which can be simply summarized as: "If they won't sell, Burn 'Em Out!"
This deck works by swarming the field with low cost draw dudes backed by big studs using guerrilla tactics (Bowie Knife and Unprepared) to capitalize on the home ability. Your opponent finds themselves between a rock and a hard place. Something like: "Should I play a deed to kickstart both mine and my enemy's economy, or should I withhold playing a deed to stifle my own economy in hopes of stifling their's too?" Since the deck starts 0 upkeep (which can be changed if your informant Rico Rodegain relays treacherous intel), the latter option will likely work to your favor. If your opponent chooses the former option, they have a sunk cost which this deck can leverage using Sloane's superior numbers and the help of Jacqueline Isham for cheap muscle. Then, as Allie Hensman puts on the early squeeze, you are free to develop your own economy relatively uninhibited.
It's important to note that the draw structure, being "skittles" (I believe this is a European term? - 16/16/stuff), greatly improves the contributions of backup shooter draw dudes - there is an early incentive to go "all in" and use your entire draw bonus to sift through the dudes you will eventually play and into a relevant hand rank. It also enables your lowdown Bottom Dealin' ways. And/or, with a little set up (using Henry Moran and J.W. Byrne, P. I.), or if you are just plain old feelin' lucky, you can strap up with your prized firearms and dive face first into a scuffle secure in knowing you can con your way through - perhaps flipping your easy Full House over the top of their hard-earned Four of a Kind. This strategy can be a legitimate bid for turf, or a way to bait a cheating resolution out of your opponent's play hand before pulling a switch.
So if you are looking for a cheap thrill, or just one last dance with lady luck, I recommend sleight-of-handin' this deck into your friendly neighborhood play group, or better yet, bushwackin' your local organized tournament with the dirty tricks detailed therein. Did I mention that it feels good to be bad?
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