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The Board of Directors are a bunch of personalities that can assist you in various ways, but also make development of the Railway difficult for you. Before any major action in the Railway, you need to hold a board meeting and have approval from all current board members.

Gameplay-wise, you will be locked into the board meeting until you either win everyone over or give up. If you have accumulated high Menaces during that meeting, you take the consequences as soon as you step out of the Railway's office. Most importantly, opportunities for board meetings are limited to two a week when you're beginning the railway, and one a week after you've made sufficient progress. Getting stuck because of a stiff Persuasive challenge from a disagreeable board member can be unpleasant.

The following guide is meant to help keep your meetings, and the trains, running as smooth as possible.

Opposition from Board Members[edit]

Every decision by the board must be approved by every member. Every board member is looking out for certain interests, and earning their vote is harder when your proposal works against those interests. Board members may also be "persuaded" by different tactics. The table below summarizes the tactics and persuasion techniques for each board member.

Mechanically, earning the vote of most Board members requires a Persuasive check with a base difficulty of 100. This difficulty is increased by the Interest qualities of your proposal, with each board member responding to different Interests. In most cases, the difficulty may also be reduced by raising one of three persuasion qualities. It seems that this Persuasive check can be repeated without penalty.

Most board members have one interest they care deeply about (raising the difficulty by 40), two to five issues they care moderately about (raising difficulty by 20), and one persuasion technique they respond to. Some board members also have interests that will decrease the difficulty.

Board Members Issues[edit]

Table of Factors that Affect Board Members
Board Member Interests (difficulty modifier) Persuasion
His Amused Lordship Board against the Interests of Society (40)
Board against Own Financial Interests (20)
Board against the University (20)
Board for the Fingerkings (20)
Respectability Factor (50)
The Efficient Commissioner Board against the Bazaar (40)
Board against Own Financial Interests (20)
Board Against Infernal Interests (20)
Board for the Fingerkings (20)
Board against the Status Quo (20)
Board against the Constables (20)
Obfuscation of the Board (40)
Jovial Contrarian Base of 400 Persuasive Uncommitted Board Members (50)
OR
Auto-pass with Portable Fingerking Moot (HALLOWMAS)
Sinning Jenny Board against Urchin Interests (40)
Board against the University (20)
Board against Labour (20)
Board for the Fingerkings (20)
Board Against Rubbery Interests (20)
Auto-pass with 7 x Credit with the Headmistress (FATE)
Feducci Board for the Fingerkings (40)
Board Against Infernal Interests (20)
Board against the Interests of Society (20)
Board against the Bazaar (20)
Board against Criminals (20)
Board against Revolutionary Interests (20)
Dangerous challenge instead of Persuasive

Respectability Factor (50)

Virginia Board Against Infernal Interests (40)
Board against Own Financial Interests (20)
Board against the Interests of Society (20)
Board against the Constables (20)
Board against the Bazaar (20)
Corruption of the Board (40)
The Dean of Xenotheology Board against the University (40)
Board against the Church (20)
Board against Own Financial Interests (20)
Board against the Status Quo (20)
Board for the Fingerkings (20)
Board Against Rubbery Interests (20)
Respectability Factor (50)
The Bishop of Southwark Board against the Church (40)
Board against the Status Quo (20)
Board against Labour (20)
Board against Urchin Interests (20)
Board against the Constables (20)
Board for the Fingerkings (-20)
Obfuscation of the Board (40)
The Bishop of Saint Fiacre's Board against the Status Quo (40)
Board against the Church (20)
Board against Urchin Interests (20)
Board against the Interests of Society (20)
Board against the Bazaar (20)
Board for the Fingerkings (20)
Corruption of the Board (40)
Furnace Ancona Board against Labour (40)
Board against Revolutionary Interests (20)
Board against Urchin Interests (20)
Board against the University (20)
Board for the Fingerkings (20)
Board against the Constables (-20)
Obfuscation of the Board (40)
The Tentacled Entrepreneur Board against Own Financial Interests (40)
Board against the Status Quo (20)
Board against the Interests of Society (20)
Board Against Rubbery Interests (20)
Board against the Bazaar (20)
Board for the Fingerkings (20)
Obfuscation of the Board (40)
The Gracious Widow Board against Criminals (40)
Board against Own Financial Interests (20)
Board against Urchin Interests (20)
Board for the Fingerkings (20)
Board against the Bazaar (-20)
Corruption of the Board (40)
April
Ambition: Bag a Legend!
Board against Revolutionary Interests (40)
Board against Labour (20)
Board against the Liberation of Night (20)
Board against Urchin Interests (20)
N/A
The Wandering Gondolier Board Against Infernal Interests (40)
Board against the Status Quo (20)
Board against Labour (20)
Obfuscation of the Board (40)
The Viscountess of the Viric Jungle Board for the Fingerkings (20)
Board against the Constables (10)
Board against the University (10)
Board against Own Financial Interests (10)
Board against the Interests of Society (10)
Board against the Status Quo (10)
Respectability Factor (40)
The Hell-Scarred Gondolier Board Against Infernal Interests (40)
Board against Revolutionary Interests (40)
Board against the Status Quo (20)
Board for the Fingerkings (20)
Board against Criminals (20)
Board against Labour (-20)
Corruption of the Board (40)
January Board against the University (40)
Board against Revolutionary Interests (20)
Board against the Status Quo (20)
Board against the Liberation of Night (20)
Board against Own Financial Interests (20)
Board for the Fingerkings (20)
Respectability Factor (40)
Cornelius Board against Preservation (40)
Board against Labour (20)
Board against the University (20)
Board Against Infernal Interests (20)
Board against Criminals (20)
Board for the Fingerkings (20)
Respectability Factor (40)
July
FATE
Base of 200 Persuasive
Board against Revolutionary Interests (10)
Board for the Fingerkings (-10)
Obfuscation of the Board (??)
September Board against Revolutionary Interests (40)
Board against the University (20)
Board against the Liberation of Night (20)
Board for the Fingerkings (20)
Board against the Bazaar (-20)
Obfuscation of the Board (40)
Rubbery Yes-Man
FATE HALLOWMAS
Base of Persuasive
Board Against Rubbery Interests (50)
N/A
The Delightful Reverend Board against the Church (60)
Board against the Status Quo (20)
Board against Own Financial Interests (20)
Board against the Constables (20)
Board for the Fingerkings (20)
Respectability Factor (40)
The Drummer Board Against Infernal Interests (60)
Board against the Church (20)
Board against Urchin Interests (20)
Board against the Constables (20)
Board for the Fingerkings (-20)
Corruption of the Board (40)
The Wry Functionary Board against the Shuttered Palace (20)
Board against the Interests of Society (20)
Board against the Bazaar (20)
Board against the Status Quo (20)
Board against the Constables (20)
Board for the Fingerkings (20)
Board against Revolutionary Interests (-20)
Corruption of the Board (40)
The Dauntless Temperance Campaigner Board against the Bazaar (20)
Board against the Interests of Society (20)
Board against the Constables (20)
Board against Urchin Interests (20)
Board against the Church (20)
Board Against Infernal Interests (-20)
Respectability Factor (40)
The Implacable Detective Board against the Constables (40)
Board against Own Financial Interests (20)
Board against the University (20)
Board against Preservation (20)
Board against Criminals (-20)
N/A
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Alternate Table of Factors that Affect Board Members
Member Base Weak Notes
Lordshipsmall.png 100  50  0 0 0 0 20 0 0 0 20 0 0 0 0 40 0 20 0
Efficientcommissionersmall.png 100  40  40 0 20 0 20 20 0 0 20 0 0 0 0 0 20 0 0
Electioncontrariansmall.png 400  50  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Electionjennysmall.png 100  ∞  0 0 0 0 20 0 20 0 0 0 0 20 0 0 0 20 40
Feduccismall.png 100  50  20 0 0 20 40 20 0 0 0 0 20 0 0 20 0 0 0
Electionvirginiasmall.png 100  50  20 0 20 0 0 40 0 0 20 0 0 0 0 20 0 0 0
Brazeniconoclastsmall.png 100  50  0 20 0 0 20 0 0 0 20 0 0 20 0 0 20 40 0
Electionbishopsmall.png 100  40  0 40 0 0 -20 0 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 0 20
Bishopofstfiacressmall.png 100  40  20 20 0 0 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 40 0 20
Furnacesmall.png 100  40  0 0 -20 0 20 0 40 0 0 0 20 0 0 0 0 20 20
Tentacledentrepreneursmall.png 100  40  20 0 0 0 20 0 0 0 40 0 0 20 0 20 0 0 0
Widowsmall.png 100  40  -20 0 0 40 20 0 0 0 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 20
Aprilsmall.png 100  0 0 0 0 0 0 20 20 0 0 40 0 0 0 0 0 20
Chap5small.png 100  40  0 0 0 0 0 40 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 0 0
Viscountesssmall.png 100  40  0 0 10 0 20 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 0 10 10 10 0
Flamessmall.png 100  40  0 0 0 20 20 40 -20 0 0 0 40 0 0 0 20 0 0
Snowflakesmall.png 100  50  0 0 0 0 20 0 0 20 20 0 20 0 0 0 20 40 0
Corneliussmall.png 100  40  0 0 0 20 20 20 20 0 0 40 0 0 0 0 0 20 0
Julysmall.png 200   ??  0 0 0 0 -10 0 0 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 0
Septembersmall.png 100  40  -20 0 0 0 20 0 0 20 0 0 40 0 0 0 0 20 0
Rubberyyesmansmall.png 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 50 0 0 0 0 0
Churchsmall.png 100  40  0 60 20 0 20 0 0 0 20 0 0 0 0 0 20 0 0
Hellgatesmall.png 100  40  0 20 20 0 -20 60 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 20
Functionarysmall.png 100  40  20 0 20 0 20 0 0 0 0 0 -20 0 20 20 20 0 0
Electioncampaignersmall.png 100  40  20 20 20 0 0 -20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 0 0 20
Detectivesmall.png 100  0 0 40 -20 0 0 0 0 20 20 0 0 0 0 0 20 0

The pages for persuading each Board Member also have a table that shows the difficulty ratings for the challenges.

Board Proposals[edit]

Extracting Value[edit]

Extracting Value
Issue Interests (difficulty modifier) Effects Notes
Vote a dividend to the shareholders Requires: < In Corporate Debt 4
Propose special consideration to certain charitable groups Board Member: the Gracious Widow
Propose paying a dividend to the poor of the Hinterlands

Improve Your Trains[edit]

Improve Your Trains
Issue Interests (difficulty modifier) Effects Notes
Add Train Luxuries
Add Train Defences
Build more room for baggage on the train

Send Your Trains to War[edit]

Send Your Trains to War
Issue Interests (difficulty modifier) Effects Notes
Suggest building a spur line into Parabola
Propose you deploy your train in the Parabolan War on behalf of Cats
Propose you deploy your train in the Parabolan War on behalf of Fingerkings
Propose you deploy your train in the Parabolan War
Propose you deploy your train in the Parabolan War for the Viscountess
Propose you deploy your train in your Parabolan War campaign for the Ophidian Gentleman

Expanding the Railroad[edit]

Collapsed by default to avoid spoilers.

Initial Charter
Issue Interests (difficulty modifier) Effects Notes
Vote congratulations to the Board on its formation Wealth Charter
Vote to honour this historic moment with a donation to the Impoverished
Propose an explicitly scientific charter
Propose an expressly Infernal charter Requires Hellish Hymn
Propose an emphatically mission-oriented charter Requires The Very Teeth of St George!
Ealing Gardens
Issue Interests (difficulty modifier) Effects Notes
Plan the next route through occupied buildings, alongside the Moloch Line Costs 1 x Puzzling Map
Plan the next route through abandoned buildings Costs 1 x Puzzling Map
Vote extra funds to build around the anomalous block
Propose a Red Science solution that would remove the anomalous block
Propose a plan for the next Station building and for the train engines to go there
Jericho Locks
Issue Interests (difficulty modifier) Effects Notes
Plan the next route through the Pitiless Bog
Free up the funds to excavate whatever the Tracklayers found
Pave over whatever the Tracklayers found
Propose a plan for the next Station building and for the train engines to go there
Magistracy of the Evenlode
Issue Interests (difficulty modifier) Effects Notes
Plan the next route across the Plain of Thirsty Grasses
Plan the next route over the Monkprince Hills Requires 1 x Cartographer's Hoard
Advocate paying off the striking workers
Recommend giving the workers a share of the company
Recommend giving the workers a sharp corrective
Propose a plan for the next Station building and for the train engines to go there
Balmoral
Issue Interests (difficulty modifier) Effects Notes
Plan the next route straight up the side of a mountain Realize you need Hellworms. No vote needed.
Plan to hire Hellworms and drill through rock that way
Suggest a detour through Parabola Requires Access to a Parabolan Base-Camp
Propose a plan for the next Station building and for the train engines to go there
Station VIII
Issue Interests (difficulty modifier) Effects Notes
Plan the next route across a ravine
Appoint (a Tracklayer) in Furnace's place
Appoint Cornelius in Furnace's place
Propose a plan for the next Station building and for the train engines to go there
Burrow-Infra-Mump
Issue Interests (difficulty modifier) Effects Notes
Plan the next route through Wasteland
Vote a new set of concessions to the Union
Vote on Cornelius' plan to build a Tracklaying Beast
Vote on new illumination for the stations
Vote a package of measures intended to get work to resume
Propose a plan for the next Station building and for the train engines to go there
Moulin
Issue Interests (difficulty modifier) Effects Notes
Plan the next route through former battlefields
Support the motion of the Bishop of Southwark regarding a route to Moulin
Support the motion of the Wandering Gondolier regarding a route to Moulin
Support Virginia's motion regarding a route to Moulin
Support Feducci's motion regarding a route to Moulin
Support Cornelius' motion regarding a route to Moulin
Support the Viscountess' motion regarding a route to Moulin
Support His Amused Lordship's motion regarding a route to Moulin
Support April's motion regarding a route to Moulin
Support July's motion regarding a route to Moulin
Propose a costly but effective tribute to Hillchanger Tower
Accept a proposal from those board members with a non-human perspective
Accept a proposal from those board members aligned with a month
Accept a proposal from those board members expert in the history of the Neath
Propose a daringly-built station in brass and rose, tribute to Hell
Propose a station fierce against Hell
Propose the kind of station one might find in a sleepy village in Oxfordshire
Propose a station building proclaiming the Bazaar's great reach
Propose a station building unmistakably of the Empress' realm
Propose a station fit for the wilderness
Propose a station that is a defiance to All
The Hurlers
Issue Interests (difficulty modifier) Effects Notes
Plan for an icy route to the Hurlers
Requires The Efficient Commissioner's Tale 1000
Marigold Station
Issue Interests (difficulty modifier) Effects Notes
Plan your last route, and set aside land for a tracklayers' city near Ealing Gardens Board Against Rubbery Interests (10)
  • Requires
  • Leader of the Tracklayers
  • Leader of the Tracklayers A Lackey of Mr Fires
  • A Lackey of Yours, Formerly Aligned with Mr Fires
Plan your last route, and set aside land for a tracklayers' city near the Magistracy of the Evenlode
Plan your last route, and set aside land for a tracklayers' city near Balmoral
Plan your last route, and set aside land for a tracklayers' city near Station VIII
  • Requires
  • Leader of the Tracklayers
  • Leader of the Tracklayers A Lackey of Mr Fires
  • A Lackey of Yours, Formerly Aligned with Mr Fires
Plan your last route, and set aside land for a tracklayers' city near Burrow-infra-Mump
Plan your last route, and set aside land for a tracklayers' city between Moulin and Hurlers
Plan your last route, and set aside land for a tracklayers' city at the outskirts of Hell
Propose a plan for the next Station building and for the train engines to go there

Misc Proposals[edit]

Misc Proposals
Issue Interests (difficulty modifier) Effects Notes
Propose that the Unyielding Highlander become Castellan of Balmoral
Propose the Fervent Widow become Castellan of Balmoral
Propose September become Castellan of Balmoral
Propose September court the Wandering Gondolier
Propose September court the Hell-Scarred Gondolier
Propose that you marry September
Propose that the Dean of Xenotheology become Patron of the Burrow Church
Propose that the Bishop of St Fiacre's become Patron of the Burrow Church

Remove Board Members[edit]

Remove Board Members
Issue Interests (difficulty modifier) Effects Notes
Vote the Jovial Contrarian off the board Board Member: Jovial Contrarian Removed Requires Total Board Membership 5
Vote Sinning Jenny off the board Board Member: Sinning Jenny Removed Requires Total Board Membership 5
Vote Feducci off the board Board Member: Feducci Removed Requires Total Board Membership 5
Vote Virginia off the board Board Member: Virginia Removed Requires Total Board Membership 5
Vote Furnace off the board Board Member: Furnace Ancona Removed Requires Total Board Membership 5
Vote the Dean of Xenotheology off the board Board Member: The Dean of Xenotheology Removed Requires Total Board Membership 5
Vote the Bishop of Saint Fiacre's off the board Board Member: The Bishop of Saint Fiacre's Removed Requires Total Board Membership 5
Vote the Bishop of Southwark off the board Board Member: The Bishop of Southwark Removed Requires Total Board Membership 5
Vote His Amused Lordship off the Board Board Member: His Amused Lordship Removed
Vote the Efficient Commissioner off the board Board Member: The Efficient Commissioner Removed
Vote the Tentacled Entrepreneur off the Board Board Member: Tentacled Entrepreneur Removed Requires Total Board Membership 5
Vote the Gracious Widow off the board Board Member: the Gracious Widow Removed Requires Total Board Membership 5
Vote April off the Board Board Member: April Removed Requires Total Board Membership 5
Vote the Wandering Gondolier off the Board Board Member: The Wandering Gondolier Removed Requires Total Board Membership 5
Vote the Viscountess off the Board Board Member: The Viscountess of the Viric Jungle Removed Requires Total Board Membership 5
Vote the Hell-Scarred Gondolier off the Board Board Member: The Hell-Scarred Gondolier Removed Requires Total Board Membership 5
Vote September off the Board Board Member: September Removed Requires Total Board Membership 5
Vote July off the Board Board Member: July Removed Requires Total Board Membership 5
Vote the Rubbery Yes-Man off the Board Board Member: Rubbery Yes-Man Removed Requires Total Board Membership 5
Vote Cornelius off the Board Board Member: Cornelius Removed Requires Total Board Membership 5
Vote January off the Board Board Member: January Removed Requires Total Board Membership 5
Vote the Drummer off the Board Board Member: The Drummer Removed Requires Total Board Membership 5
Vote the Delightful Reverend off the Board Board Member: The Delightful Reverend Removed Requires Total Board Membership 5
Vote the Wry Functionary off the Board Board Member: The Wry Functionary Removed Requires Total Board Membership 5
Vote the Implacable Detective off the Board Board Member: The Implacable Detective Removed Requires Total Board Membership 5
Vote the Dauntless Temperance Campaigner off the Board Board Member: The Dauntless Temperance Campaigner Removed Requires Total Board Membership 5

Statues of Specific Board Members[edit]

A player-created Guide is available for this content: Statues at the GHR Stations (Guide)


Statues can be erected at the Upper River locations to honour specific board members. The statues attract followers/admirers of those board members, and these people happen to be associated with the various factions of London. You can make deals with them. Mechanics-wise, this lets you trade Favours for resources.

A statue at Ealing Gardens may honour any of the former mayors or the resident big-name, the Tentacled Entrepreneur. This unlocks a card which has one option that is specific to the faction that the board member is associated with.

A statue at Jericho Locks honours board members of a theological leaning. (Whether the people of Jericho Locks would appreciate this is another matter). This also unlocks a card, with each option trading in Church favours for various rewards.

At the Magistracy of the Evenlode, a statue can be erected in honour of the Gracious Widow. She is the only board member that can have a statue here.

You can, of course, eschew honouring any board members and put up statues of your player character instead. Why should they get the glory when you are putting in the most work into the Railway?

Unique Benefits from Board Members[edit]

There are some incentives to having certain members aboard, which may have some impact outside of board meetings too.

Jovial Contrarian[edit]

As the gameplay instructions on him have mentioned already, the Contrarian has no particular opposition to any issue. Just get his vote first and everything is hunky-dory. (He is not so fickle as to dishonour the cast of his vote.)

Tentacled Entrepreneur[edit]

The Tentacled Entrepreneur unlocks more of the options of the Rubbery Observances card at Ealing Gardens. The card gives access to an option that uses Persuasive - a statistic that is otherwise useless at Ealing Gardens.

The other benefit of having him on the Board is his initial sign-up gift: a considerable reduction in Debt (which prevents certain Agendas from being taken if too high), enough to save 30 Action Points or so. If desired, you can then vote the Entrepreneur off the board, and re-appoint him, to gain his gift again. And potentially again.

the Gracious Widow[edit]

Like the Tentacled Entrepreneur, the most immediate benefit of having her on board is her gift: a considerable reduction in Debt, also enough to save more than 30 Action Points or so. Of course, she also raises Seeing Banditry, but this might be what you want anyway if you are looking to make use of certain options. Notably, almost no other possible board member has Board against Criminals as a factor in their voting.

Her other significant benefit is that she enables an option under the Engage in Some Minor Smuggling card. That option is certainly not minor smuggling. However, to access this card you need to reach level 60 of Involved in a Railway Venture, i.e. build the station at Jericho Locks.

A third benefit is the ability to Propose special consideration to certain charitable groups which is a very good source of Bottle of Fourth City Airag: Year of the Tortoise.

You can use the "remove and re-appoint" tactic with her as well, if you wish.

Furnace Ancona[edit]

If you have convinced Furnace on a vote, you can supply her with a Queen Mate and she will assist in getting the other board members to agree to your proposal. This is helpful if you have a huge board for whatever reason. Queen Mates can be acquired in 5 actions with 4 Great Game favours or via a long carousel (requiring high A Player of Chess).

Cornelius[edit]

Just like Furnace, Cornelius has an option to help persuade all other board members. However, instead of a Queen Mate, this uses an Epaulette Mate, which is slightly harder to obtain.

Sinning Jenny[edit]

She agrees immediately to improving the train's defences. This is useful, but can complicate getting the fickle Contrarian's vote, especially if you already have a board size at the minimum.

Sinning Jenny allows you to Propose paying a dividend to the poor of the Hinterlands, which can be a decent way to reduce Banditry.

The Viscountess of the Viric Jungle[edit]

She agrees immediately to many options regarding Parabolan warfare. As previously, this can complicate getting the Contrarian's vote.

Leverage on Specific Board Members[edit]

Some board members have leverage options that can be played to affect only them, and to secure their agreement outright. These options use up the resources they cost.

The Bishop of Saint Fiacre's[edit]

You can earn a favour with the Bishop by resolving A Jurisdictional Dispute in the Upper River to his benefit. This can be spent to gain support on any one vote. You can only carry one favour at a time, so this isn't extremely powerful. But it can be used to bypass the Bishop's normally staunch opposition to removing Board members. Without this, you might have to spend a lot on bribes more than once for each member-dropping agenda.

The Bishop of Southwark[edit]

Like the Bishop of Saint Fiacre's, if you resolve A Jurisdictional Dispute to his benefit you will gain his support on one vote of your choosing. There are currently no repeatable votes that oppose Church interests - other than voting Church-affiliated members off the board - making this less immediately appealing than a favour of Saint Fiacre's. (The Bishop of Southwark still has a significant opposition to changing the board's makeup, but that can be handled with obfuscation.)

Jovial Contrarian[edit]

While the Contrarian's vote is not difficult to obtain anyway, he can also be convinced (guaranteed, despite the small Mithridacy challenge) by deploying a Portable Fingerking Moot. The Moot is a HALLOWMAS companion which was available for free with festival participation in 2020, but required FATE in subsequent years.

Sinning Jenny[edit]

Players who have purchased The Empress' Shadow (FATE) may earn Credit with the Headmistress in Jenny's Finishing School. Excess Credit may be spent to earn Jenny's vote, bypassing the regular Persuasion action.

Trimming the Board[edit]

There must be at least four members on the Board, not including your player character. To make meetings go more smoothly (and quickly), at least without resorting to Furnace or Cornelius' special benefit, keeping the board small is recommended. Below are some notes on the benefits and drawbacks of removing each listed member, should you wish to.

At this time of writing, there does not appear to be any consequences for voting out specific Board Members.

The Efficient Commissioner[edit]

Since she opposes most agendas rather often, the Commissioner is likely to be at the top of any player's list of names to cross off. Removing her requires 5 (or higher) Board Status.

Bringing her back on board and subsequently voting her out again can be a good way to grind Connected: The Masters of the Bazaar. Note that this has to be done before the railway reaches The Hurlers.

His Amused Lordship[edit]

He is handy to have around at the beginning of the Railway, but when the train upgrades become available ( Involved in a Railway Venture 50 and above), he can begin to become difficult to convince. With a high enough Respectable, however, he's easily swayed.

The Bishop of Saint Fiacre's[edit]

Having the Bishop on the board makes removing any other member more difficult, at least before you have leverage on him. However, voting to remove him can be a problem by itself since it adds Board against the Interests of Society which raises opposition from many board members. (Spending Favours: Society smoothes this over.)

Sinning Jenny[edit]

If you lack the FATE story that is associated with her (The Empress' Shadow), there are no means of influencing her. Her special benefit, as mentioned above, also causes problems. However, she has an easy Persuasive 100 check on most issues (notably the payout of dividends if you have a Worker charter), and is a good choice for weekly routine votes.

Virginia[edit]

At this time of writing, she is required to be on the Board to get the railway running. After that, however, she can be removed if desired. She'll be particular difficult to convince when trying to upgrade Train Defences. (That can be smoothed over by spending Favours: Hell or bribing her though.)

Tentacled Entrepreneur[edit]

This board member will be a problem when upgrading the trains. Consider not bringing him in until after the trains have been fully upgraded.

The Gracious Widow[edit]

The Widow has stiff opposition to upgrading either the train defences or luxuries from the get-go, and it only gets worse. Again, consider not bringing her in until after the trains have been fully upgraded.

April[edit]

April has similar voting factors to Furnace, with one major difference: none of the means of persuasion thus far work on her.