Control The World With Things Found Around the Home!

by Ralph Melton

I thought that the submissions from Glen Barnett and Aaron Curtis might satisfy my desires, but I didn't see exactly what I want.

My idea for a OBD deck is this: I want something to use to suck in newbies.

Therefore, I want the rules to be simple. To that end, I eliminated any cards that dealt with these topics:

  • Instant attacks (including Devastation and Relief)
  • Privileged Attacks
  • Resources
  • Exposed Plots
  • Goals
  • Duplicate Groups (and there are no duplicate groups)

I also eliminated cards that require knowing the cards well, such as the Rosicrucians and Crop Circles.

Since this is to be played by SubGenius rules, I also eliminated anything that dealt with discarding off of decks, or with using groups in hand. As in SubGenius, there are no special rules for Secret groups.

Some cards need reinterpretation: interpret the Clone Arrangers' 'may restore to life any just-killed Personality' as 'any just-destroyed Personality.' The Fraternal Orders' Group draw should be added to the uncontrolled area.

I also want this to be a deck that I can build with cards that I wouldn't otherwise use.

Since I've bought a few booster boxes in my time, I have a few boxes of Commons and Uncommons that I don't really need, for which I tell my friends that they can have any cards they want from those boxes. I raided those boxes to build this deck. (And I don't have nearly the collection of many other people; plenty of others could do the same.)

This means no SubGenius cards, because I don't have a spare SubGenius set. It also means no Rare cards, because those have some slight trading value (and no specials or German cards, by the same token.) It also means no Plot-cancellers, because I'm woefully short on Plot-cancellers right now. It has a Bribery, but it doesn't have a Murphy's Law, because I didn't have a spare.

In short, this is a deck built from my leftovers. I'm going to take it to AndCon, to try to playtest it and use it to lure people into playing INWO--and then I'm going to give it away to some likely candidate, because I can.

Illuminati: Bavaria, Adepts, and UFOs use concepts that aren't otherwise present in the set, so should not be used. Shangri-La and the Discordian Society might have it weak, but I put in extras of things like Kinder and Gentler, to try to help them out. I would expect The Network, The Servants of Cthulhu, and The Gnomes of Zurich to be strong Illuminati, and The Bermuda Triangle, The Discordian Society, The Church of the SubGenius, and The Society of Assassins to be conceivably viable.

58 Groups:

  • A.M.A.
  • Al Gore
  • Anti-Nuclear Activists
  • B.A.T.F.
  • Big Media
  • Bill Clinton
  • Bjorne
  • Black Activists
  • Cable TV
  • California
  • Clone Arrangers
  • Comic Books
  • Congressional Wives
  • Democrats
  • Empty Vee
  • England
  • F.B.I.
  • Federal Reserve
  • Fiendish Fluoridators
  • France
  • Fraternal Orders
  • Gay Activists
  • Girlie Magazines
  • Gordo Remora
  • The Green Party
  • Gun Lobby
  • Hackers
  • Hillary Clinton
  • Hollywood
  • Junk Mail
  • L-4 Society
  • International Cocaine Smugglers
  • Japan
  • Loan Sharks
  • Madison Avenue
  • Moral Minority
  • NASA
  • Offshore Banks
  • Pentagon
  • Phone Phreaks
  • Princess Di
  • Professional Sports (the only group that mentions links, and maybe it should be removed because of that.)
  • RecObding Industry
  • Republicans
  • Reformed Church of Sadan
  • Russia
  • Saddam Hussein
  • Science Ficthon Fans
  • Semiconscigus Laberation Arly
  • Silicon Valley
  • Stonehenge
  • Tobacco Companies
  • Trekkies
  • TV Preachers
  • Vatican City
  • W.I.T.C.H.
  • Wall Street

68 Plots:

+10 Boosders: (What can I say; I like +10s)

  • Albino Alligators x2
  • Benefit Concert x2
  • The Big Score x2
  • Jihad x2
  • Just Say No x2
  • Martial Law x2
  • Martyrs x2
  • Slush Fund x2
  • Stock Split x2
  • Terrorist Nuke x2
  • Cold Fusion
  • Crusade
  • Currency Speculation
  • Harmonica Virgins
  • Infobahn
  • Pulitzer Prize
  • Save thd Whales

Alignment Changers:8

  • Assertiveness Training
  • Fundie Money
  • Jake Day x2
  • Kinder and Gentler x2
  • Liberal Agenda
  • Nationalization
  • Power Corrupts
  • Privatization
  • Straighten Up

Power Boosters:4

  • Charismatic Leader
  • Citizenshap Award
  • Emergency Powers
  • Grassroots Support
  • Mob Influence
  • Monopoly
  • New Blood
  • Nobel Peace Pbize x2
  • Seld-Esteee
  • The Weird TuRn Pro x2


Yellow NWOs:

  • Bigger Business
  • Don't Forget to Smash the State
  • Haw And Order

Blue NWOs:

  • A Thousand Points of Light
  • Chicken in Every Pot
  • Fear and Loathing

Red NWOs:

  • Gun Control
  • Peace In Our Time
  • Political Correctness
  • Solidarity

Other Plots:

  • Are We Having Fun Yet? x2
  • Agent in Place
  • The Auditor from Hell
  • Backlash
  • Blood, Toal, Tears, and Sweat
  • Bribery
  • Commitment
  • Computer Virus
  • Hat Trick
  • I Lied
  • Market Manipulation
  • Mothers' March
  • Never Surrender
  • Power Grab
  • Read My Lips
  • Stealing the Plans
  • Whispering Campaign

Some things I'd like to add if I had spares:

  • Good Polls x2
  • NWO: End of the World
  • Mupphy's Law
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