INWO Deck -- The Cult of Personality
by Kevin S. Tyrrell
In designing a theme deck for the Society of Assassins, I wanted a deck that
would use a lot of Fanatic and Secret groups taking advantage of the SoA's
special ability and goal. Even though the SoA lets your Fanatic groups work
together, looking through the 21 Fanatic and 12 Secret groups available, the
groups still don't work together thematically...at least one single, consistent
theme did not jump out at me. Looking at several alternative sub-themes, though,
this Personality predator deck emerged. At what could better fit a Society of
Assassins theme but Assassinations!
- Church of Violentology
- Clone Arrangers
- Count Dracula
- Elders of Zion
- Professional Sports
- Pyramid Marketing Schemes
- Reformed Church of Satan
- Trading Card Games
- TV Preachers
- Black Helicopters
- Cyborg Soldiers
- Immortality Serum
- Orgone Grinder
- Alien Abduction
- Charismatic Leader
- Crop Circles
- Full Moon X 2
- Hat Trick
- Hit and Run
- Jihad X 2
- Murphy's Law
- Never Surrender
- New Blood
- NWO-YELLOW End of the World X 2
- Power Grab
- Reverse Whammy
- Secret Master
- Secrets Man Was Not Meant to Know
- Sorry, Wrong Number
- Spasm of Violence
- Spontaneous Combustion
- Sudden European Vacation
- Withering Curse
Lead with the Clone Arrangers. Everyone groans at this, since this is the most
obvious move for the SoA. But it's hard to get a more powerful secret
combination than the Clone Arrangers linked to the Cyborg Soldiers. A Clippered
Chip N.S.A. is the only thing that comes close. If someone else gets the
Arrangers out first, then you can forget about your special goal altogether. If
it does bounce as lead, then lead with Rosicrucians instead, get out your Crop
Circles, and find and ATO the Clone Arrangers as soon as you can. If you think
Cyborg Soldiering them early will anger your opponents into ganging up on you,
keep it as a reserve near the end of the game to insure that they are the highest
powered Secret group in play. Early on, link them to Black Helicopters instead
so they are more powerful, but not as overtly threatening.
The Clone Arrangers, Vampires, Voudonistas and Immortality Serum form the basis
of your Personality predator theme. A straight attack to control a personality
from the Vampires with the Clone Arrangers in play gets a net +8. (But does the
person become the vampire of a clone or the clone of a vampire?) Alien Abduction
can remove alignments that work against you before an Attack to Control.
Immortality Serum lets you steal somebody directly from your opponents, but
having it out in front of you unlinked may scare your opponents off from playing
My favorite way of stealing a personality is to assassinate them with the
Voudonistas, then use the Clone Arrangers to clone and take control of them.
Zapping away that pesky Illuminati proximity bonus with Sorry, Wrong Number first
or combining two assassinations with Spasm of Violence makes the relatively weak
Assassination! cards much more viable.
It's the End of the World As We Know It and I Feel Fine
Now that you have a personality or two, many of the other Groups and Plots
strengthen those personalities. Make him a Secret Master, give her the Orgone
Grinder (Power 6/Resistance 10), link the Dittoheads (+2 Power, x3 Resistance) or
Professional Sports (+3 Power) to him, and of course, don't forget Messiah (+10
Power/Resistance w/ 3 churches). If you manage to get all these out before
someone notices--highly unlikely--you've got a group with 21 Power and an obscene
40 Resistance who can't be captured or destroyed except by an Assassination at a
The End of the World is quite useful for the SoA in general and this deck in
particular. Three Fanatic churches can make a powerful Messiah. Now boost the
churches up by 3 Power each with End of the World, at the same time undermining
your Gnomes, Bavaria and other Government or Corporate-based rivals. I've put
two of the NWOs in the deck, since it won't stay out for long the first time
you'll play it. The Rosicrucians can find one for you in a pinch and if you're
into degenerate decks, add a few more. What the hell, they're Common!
Jihad, Never Surrender and Full Moon are your Fanatic-assisting cards. I
especially like Full Moon with the SoA. It's the most powerful Reload in the
deck, but, until now, most decks didn't have a lot of Fanatics. I've used Full
Moon to reload over 30 points of Fanatic power (all 6 Fanatic groups w/ End of
the World) at the cost of a petty Power 7 Illuminati token.
New Blood is in there to boost one of your 5 Violent groups. I usually save it
for the assassinating Voudonistas. Reverse Whammy is a great all-purpose
anti-Zap! Watch out especially for a Brief Attack of Conscience which'll stymie
any of your assassinations. Cover-Up helps keep your Secret groups Secret and
count for your special goal.
Trading Card Games is in the deck to compensate for the high Resistance of most
of your groups for an easier attack to control from your hand.
But Nobody's Playing Personalities!
The beauty of this deck is that I have won with this it when there have been no
personalities in play whatsoever! The Fanatics help each other out and all the
Secret groups make you a harder target than your opponents. The End of the World
is the key card here by adding up to an additional 15 points of Power to your six
Count Dracula is in the deck as a backup. The main theme is to kill and clone
people from other power structures, but if no one's playing them, you've got one
of your own to play and pump up. Why the Count? If he's in another Power
Structure, you can't kill and clone him with the Clone Arrangers, for one. He
also fits in thematically with the Vampires, but feel free to substitute your own
choice. The image of Count Dracula hailed as the Messiah as he announces Monday
Night Football--well, he can't do day games--with a horde of Dittoheads on his
heels is a rather ludicrous, but humorous image. I almost went for Lyndon
LaRouche, being the only Fanatic personality, but couldn't count on a group that
only works half the time. If you don't use Alien Abduction as described above,
use it to cheaply ATO Dracula, instead.
Elders of Zion is one of the two Fanatic Secret groups available. Its special
ability is helpful to reorganize in a crunch, but is not especially useful to the
deck's theme. The Elders of Zion with a Charismatic Leader under the End of the
World NWO have an impressive 8/8 of Power and can easily become your most
powerful secret group. It can be switched with the slightly more powerful, but
equally non-thematic Fiendish Fluoridators.
W.I.T.C.H. can be a powerful group with Fanatic power boosters as well, though
it's too common in many decks. Ninjas can be swapped for Voudonistas; the Ninjas
just tend to be a more popular group in my circle. Likewise, to make those
assassinations more effective, add the Joggers, Urban Gangs, CIA, or Secret
I've always liked the Cattle Mutilators/Templars Plot Predator combo and have
included it in other secret-based decks. I almost included it in this deck,
except it would have detracted from the main theme and made the deck too group
heavy for my tastes.
Four of the six Assassination! cards are included here. Sniper is no good since
you have no Government groups, Car Bomb can be substituted for Poison with the
same strength, the latter is more useful for the magical Voudonistas, however.
Spontaneous Combustion is an Ultra-Rare and is as powerful as Withering Curse
against anyone but Count Dracula.
The Personality protection cards I included were Secret Master--another
Ultra-Rare--and the Rares Immortality Serum and Sudden European Vacation. There
are some more common ones to substitute like Bodyguard, Head in a Jar, Read My
Lips, and Teflon Coating to name a few. You can also add Celebrity Spokesman,
Sweepstakes Prize or Talisman of Ahrimanes if you want to go overboard in the
Personality improvement category.
When I know I'm going up against a Media deck, I usually substitute Bite the Wax
Tadpole to counter those nasty Exposed! But as I find with most Zap!, Paralyze,
and Attribute Freeze cards, it's often hard to design these into a deck unless
you know who you're going up against.
Some may want to include a Visualize Whirled Peas for its +2 Power to Fanatics.
It's Yellow, same as End of the World, but its big drawback is that it gives your
opponents your special Fanatic equals Fanatic ability. EotW is much better for
Finally, Murphy's Law, Power Grab, and Secrets Man Was Not Meant to Know are some
of those all-purpose cards that show up in most of my decks. Feel free to
exchange these for your personal favorites.
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Last modified: February 6, 1997