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A deck for the republican that doesn't support the entrenched establishment and looks to shake things up.


The Outsider Deck is the perfect set of cards for anyone that is looking to build an extensive ground game that put enthusiasm and outreach first, with smaller forms of cash drives, as well as the ability to meet the temperament of antiquated politicking second.

This card set was introduced as part of the original playtest alongside several other essential card sets on February 21st, 2024 (see: Patch Notes).

Introduction

Playstyle
The Outsider Republican is an appealing choice for those that want to have a plentiful ground game, and keep their opponents on the edge.
Strengths Weaknesses
  • Amazing Enthusiasm Cards: When it comes to raising, or in the case of the Outsider deck, taking away enthusiasm, this will be the best choice to excel on that front. Not only are there 6 different enthusiasm focused cards to play from, but Expert Intimidators, Petition Teams, and the Party Radical are Outsider Deck particulars that can passively alter the trajectory of the map. Not only will the opponent be wasting more Fixers and Mavericks than usual, but lest your enemy is Drain the Swamp, or the Faith Educator, the ground game potential will be enormous.
  • Republican Hardliners: Comparatively, Hardliners will be key towards shifting states anywhere from 5 to 10 points in a single swoop when placed down. Making them among the strongest issue operatives in the entire game.
  • Weakest Political Capital Gain: With only one Lobbyist to spare, getting the PC advantage on opponents will be difficult, and require shelling out more stamina than what may be atypical in a single game. Covering for this problem area will be key towards equalizing the disadvantage.

Card Types

Issue Cards

One of the most expensive cards that can be played in the Outsider Republican deck is the Social Network Showdown card. Not only will it spread the issue drastically towards just one state, but it will affect adjacent states as well, influencing the preferred candidate of choice's issue score, and the voter's too. Giving the user lots of creative liberties in how they want to affect the map. Combine this with states that may take such issues highly into consideration, then there will be potent combos for single-handily affecting the outcomes of entire political races.

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Social Network Showdown
At the start of the next turn, Increase the Importance of Social Network Censorship and Reduce your Stance. Then spread to all Adjacent States (this occurs only once).

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Social Network Showdown
At the start of the next turn, Increase the Importance of Social Network Censorship and Reduce your Stance. Then spread to all Adjacent States (this occurs only once).

Enthusiasm

Unlike other decks which focus on raising enthusiasm, the Outsider Deck particularly comes equipped with only 1 celebrity endorsement, and no cheerleaders. However unlike every other deck, the player will have 4 intimidators to play with. Combine these Intimidator tactics with Petition Teams to raise and take away awareness, Party Radicals to create a run-off intimidation effect in near-by states, and Call Out Hypocrisies to produce an offensive awareness game that will have your opponent campaigning more than usual. Not only will an opponent need to generate 5% enthusiasm per turn to overcome an Expert Intimidator, but it will require significant stamina and money to counteract its effects, making them one of the most powerful cards in the Outsider's arsenal. Petition Teams in particular act like better intimidators and are a surefire way to allow for passive campaigning on the trail.

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Petition Team
Increase Enthusiasm in target state by 3% and decreases Opponent's Enthusiasm in the state by 3% at the start of every turn.

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Petition Team
Increase Enthusiasm in target state by 3% and decreases Opponent's Enthusiasm in the state by 3% at the start of every turn.

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Expert Intimidator
Decrease Opponent Enthusiasm in Target State by 5% at the start of every turn.

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Expert Intimidator
Decrease Opponent Enthusiasm in Target State by 5% at the start of every turn.

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Intimidator
Decrease Opponent Enthusiasm in Target State by 2% at the start of every turn.

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Intimidator
Decrease Opponent Enthusiasm in Target State by 2% at the start of every turn.

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Party Radical
Lose 0.2 Political Capital and Increase Enthusiasm in target state and adjacent states by 3% at the start of every turn.

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Devon Reynolds
Gain support from Devon Reynolds, respected and widely-enjoyed comedian. Increases Enthusiasm in all States by 2%.

Defense

When it comes to countering problematic cards, getting a lock on the situation with Fixers and Maverick Reformers is pertinent to curbing your opponent's most valuable tools. The Bodyguard is one of the most important factors to prevent unwanted Political Capital or Enthusiasm loss throughout the campaign. Keep note of how many Fixers and Maverick Reformers that may have been expended, as it will be important to space (or bait) them out should opponents use it as an opening to plop down endorsements, or other powerful cards that may give them a crucial opening.


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Hire a Bodyguard that will protect you from the next 1 Card that targets you directly.

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Remove a target card effect from a state.

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Remove a target card effect from a state.

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Remove all opponent card effects from a Target State.

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Remove all opponent card effects from a Target State.

Offense

Introduced as part of the Outsider Deck's arsenal are the Call Out Hypocrisy and Integrity Audits. When timed well, they can deny the opponent crucial time and stamina that would've been used to otherwise to cement their lead, turning the tables into catch-up. Alternatively to radicalizing your followers, players that use this deck can indulge in dedicated supporters to immediately add 2 points of stamina to get the lead, and get additional actions early on. Adding onto this array are the protesters, a disruptive key-factor to target swing and primary states to mitigate the power of opponent's speeches.

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Call Out Hypocrisy
Target Player loses 15% Enthusiasm in the State they are currently in.

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Call Out Hypocrisy
Target Player loses 15% Enthusiasm in the State they are currently in.

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Protester
Decrease Speech Effectiveness of Opponents by 50% in Target State.

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Protester
Decrease Speech Effectiveness of Opponents by 50% in Target State.

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Integrity Audit
Target Player starts next turn with 3 Less Stamina.

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Integrity Audit
Target Player starts next turn with 3 Less Stamina.

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Dedicated Supporters
Start the next two turns with 1 Extra Stamina.

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Dedicated Supporters
Start the next two turns with 1 Extra Stamina.

Operatives

The operatives from the classic Political Machine series are here! Similarly to other decks in the game, the Outsider Deck in particular has a preferential focus on attacking the opponent through Smear Merchants. But that's not all, the Republican Hardliner card in particular is one of the most powerful cards in the game, capable of taking states such as Michigan and Illinois, or turning the most purple states into red states. Because of its power to single-handily change the fate of elections, the opponent may opt to remove it on sight, savor it wisely!

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Spin Doctor
Increase Issue Score by 10% in Target State

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Spin Doctor
Increase Issue Score by 10% in Target State

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Smear Merchant
Decrease Issue Score of all Opponents by 10% in Target State.

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Republican Hardliner
Increase Issue Score from Republicans by 25% in Target State

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Republican Hardliner
Increase Issue Score from Republicans by 25% in Target State

Speeches

When it comes to getting the most out of your speeches, you have 2 Stump Speech Experts to get the ball rolling. When played well, it can be used to increase your speed effectiveness by 50%. If you're a candidate with particularly problematic charisma such as Andrew Yang, this is an effective way to make up for a lack of charisma should the opportunity ever arise.

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Increase Speech Effectiveness by 50% for 4 turns.

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Increase Speech Effectiveness by 50% for 4 turns.


Endorsements

When it comes to getting a boost across the map and bringing important issues to the top of the state table, with strong issue scores to boot, then these issue Endorsements will be your most crucial step towards affecting the state of the race. Opponents, players and AI included, will make high priority of these cards, so secure and time them wisely!

Particularly problematic to the deck may be the tackling of certain tough issues. When it comes to being an outsider, tough positions and stakes may be made. Which include tackling difficult issues such as abortion, and anti-unions. While they may help you in certain states, keep note as this temporary boost can turn into a long-term impasse as anti-Union positions can hurt the player in important states such as Ohio.

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Trade Priority Group
Seek endorsement from the Trade Priority Group, a pro Favorable Trade group, in target State. Increases Enthusiasm in all States by 2%.

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Sovereign Future Group
Seek endorsement from the Sovereign Future Group, a pro Nationalism group, in target State. Increases Enthusiasm in all States by 2%.

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Employment Freedom League
Seek endorsement from the Employment Freedom League, a anti Unions group, in target State. Increases Enthusiasm in all States by 2%.

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Families for Life
Seek endorsement from the Families for Life, a anti Abortion group, in target State. Increases Enthusiasm in all States by 2%.

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New Family Foundation
Seek endorsement from the New Family Foundation, a pro Traditional Values group, in target State. Increases Enthusiasm in all States by 2%.

Political Capital

Contrary to most decks in the game, the Outsider decks have the weakest Political Capital gain in the entire game. With only one Lobbyist, the chances of behind behind an opponent in Political Capital rises exponentially, especially when faced against Establishment decks. To counteract this, use candidates to build Headquarters to avert this weakness immediately. Like any outsider, building a campaign from the ground-up is key to becoming elected.

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Lobbyist
Generates 1 Political Capital the start of every turn from Target State.

Cash

When it comes to raising cash, 2 Event Coordinators will be the strongest tools in any Outsider's kit when it comes to getting the most out of your fundraisers. Stack it with a Consulting Offices should you land one of these cards early in the game, to raise quick amounts of cash when combined with the Event Coordinator. Alternatively Donation Drives exist to give quick cash infusions, allowing campaign mobility no matter the trail.

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Gain 750,000 in funds from a national effort to increase donations.

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Gain 750,000 in funds from a national effort to increase donations.

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Increase the effectiveness of Fundraisers in Target State by 75%.

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Increase the effectiveness of Fundraisers in Target State by 75%.


Update History

v.82
  • Deck introduced into the game

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