Understanding Slack, the Extensions of Mutants
Erisian St. Vinge
- The Church of the SubGenius
- Big Media
- Drs. for "Bob"
- Divine Mail Order
- Empty Vee
- Good Sex for Mutants Dating League
- The Hour of Slack
- Jesus B.
- Junk Mail
- Madison Ave.
- Punk Rockers
- Recording Industry
- Reverend Ivan Stang
- The Sacred Stencil
- Blood, Toil, Sweat and Tears
- Don't Touch That Dial
- Eat The Rich!
- Eternal Salvation or Triple Your Money Back
- Give Me Slack or Give me Food
- Media Connections
- More Slack!
- Pulitzer Prize x 3
- Sultan of Slack
- Sweeping Reforms
- Tape Runs Out...
- The Weird Turn Pro
- Time Control
- You'd Pay To Know What You REALLY Think!
- Goal: Hail Eris
- NWO: Apathy
- NWO: Fear and Loathing
The Name is a bastardization of the title of Marshall McLuhan's book about
the Media called Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man. The best way
to start out is usually with usually Madison Ave. or Big Media for their
Media intensive bonuses. Or alternately any smaller group if you have the
right power increase in your hand. Like pulling the Good Sex for Mutants
Dating League and Self Esteem vs. Discordia. Don't weaken yourself quickly
by trying to pull off too many takeovers because each turn you keep your
activity to a minimum you'll just get more slack.
Do most of your takeovers with minimal Illuminati action which is why the
Media bonuses to control that Big Media and Madison Ave. offer are good.
Using the weird alignment that most of the groups have is also good to
keep the amount of Illuminati help down, combined with Fear and Loathing
to double the bonuses. Apathy is a good cancellation NWO and it keeps everybody
from ganging up against you and making you waste your slack. The combination
of Media and Sub-G specific cards should keep your hand pretty useful.
The Punk Rockers are their to ensure Discordian submission, while you captivate
them with your Punk Rock tunes.
Winning with this deck usually involves a bit of subterfuge since it's
not very overpowering and is made to stick to itself. If you can get two
Slack tokens and have 6 groups, not too threatening if people aren't paying
attention to your special goal. You can win next turn without even attacking
to control any groups. The sneaky way to do it is to help somebody else
out with your Slack tokens and making them feel like your less of a threat
then just pull out More Slack and send the Subgenius church a dollar via
Jesus B. to pull up to three in one turn. The other approach towards winning
is when everybody thinks they know what your up to with your Slack conservation
methods, you just use up your slack and instead of getting more via cards
just Hail Eris and win with cards like Jesus B. and the Dobbstown Town.
That'll infuriate the Discordian Society
Some problems this deck can run into would probably be from anti media
cards due to it's strong reliance on Media based groups. Also this deck
isn't a total powerhouse so try not and make yourself look like a target
or else you'll find your Slack resources going to defense really quickly.
Variants and Substitutions
If you find people messing with your Media Domination too much via cards
like Mass Murder and Big Foot, or if you just feel like playing out the
total apathetic slacker try switching out 2 of the Pulitzer Prizes for
another Apathy NWO and Don't Touch That Dial. Put in the Frop Farms for
Big Media and switch out Madison Ave. for Secret FisTemples, throw in Janor
Hypercleats and drop Media Connections and you have a Frop Smoking non
media reliant deck. The Secret then is that you have everybody convinced
your a complete Subgenius slacker that doesn't care about winning
as you unmasque as The Society of Assassins and win from the Secret groups
counting double. Ok, well that variant's totally untested but I thought
I'd throw it in just as a possibility.
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First posted: November 7, 1998
Last modified: Sat Nov 7 19:26:47 EST 1998