Spending Secrets and Counting the Days (Guide)

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Starting out with Spending Secrets

There are two ways to meet the Numismatrix:

This will set Bag.png Spending Secrets to 1. Progressing to Bag.png Spending Secrets 3 unlocks the Choosing a Side card, where you choose one of all the factions in London to be aligned with. Spending Secrets increases to 4.

The quickest way to get Counting the Days (CtD) to level 14

This is best done if you are closest to the Bohemians or The Great Game, you've opened up Wolfstack Docks, The Shuttered Palace, The Forgotten Quarter and The University, you're still in possession of your soul, and you have at least one point of Master Thief.

Characters that don't meet some of those requirements will need to use opportunity cards (link to section about CtD cards) to account for the CtD that they're missing.


Any CtD level

All characters can use their faction-specific cards to get 5 CtD and 2 Loose Change. Since this gives more Loose Change than other actions this may be preferable to characters with low Loose Change. These factions are:

In addition you may get 2 CP of Loose Change (but no CtD) from a smaller bazaar on The Awful Temptation of Money card.

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A smaller bazaar

You may also get 5 CP of CtD (but no Loose Change) from Watch from a distance on A day at the races card.

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Watch from a distance


CtD under level 6 (5 x 5 CP)

If you're Closest To: Bohemians, Criminals, Hell, Revolutionaries, Rubbery Men, The Great Game, Tomb Colonists, or Urchins you can dice for secrets and coins at the docks. Each action will give you 5 CtD and 1 Loose Change.

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Dicing for secrets and coins

Urchins can also listen to the Fisher-Kings in the Flit.

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Listen to them


If you don't meet those requirements, there are several opportunity cards that are open to you:
If you've met the Reluctantsoldier.png Regretful Soldier you can wait for A Visit and take him to the theatre:

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Take him to the theatre

If your Sidebarnightmares.png Nightmares are level 3 or above (you may wear Nightmares raising gear) you can read a calming book or take some honey with a friend from A Moment's Peace.

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Read a calming book

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Take some honey with a friend

  •  Spoiler 
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    Unlocked with Honey.png 50 x Drop of Prisoner's Honey , Bag.png Spending Secrets 4
    Locked with Clock.png Counting the Days 6

     

    When Sent

    In Veilgarden The honey-den is crowded tonight. The fading-couches are filling quickly. Is that fellow over there a journalist? Never mind. You need this, and quickly. Let us hope your friend comes soon.


    Your friend will receive: [Friend] wants you to share a honey-dream with them. This will help with Nightmares, but oh, the Scandal!

    Once Accepted

    You will receive:

    A sea of black feathers. The weeping rose. The dreams are beautiful, but end all too soon.


    Your friend will receive:

    A sea of black feathers. The weeping rose. The dreams are beautiful, but end all too soon.

    ^

If you have level 2 Sidebarscandal.png Scandal (you may wear Scandal raising equipment) you can ensure a moral afternoon is appreciated from An Afternoon of Good Deeds?.

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Quite a moral afternoon. Let's make sure it's appreciated.

If you have level 2 Sidebarsuspicion.png Suspicion (you may wear suspicion increasing gear) and 10 Infernal Contracts you can unleash Baseborn & Fowlingpiece from The Law's Long Arm.

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Unleash Baseborn & Fowlingpiece

All others may look at those coins from An unusual wager card.

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Look at those coins


CtD level 6 to 9 (6 x 5 CP)

If you're Closest To: Bohemians, The Church, The Constables, The Duchess, The Great Game, The Masters, The University, or Society you can Skullsmall.png speak to an Aristocratic Academic inside The Forgotten Quarter. Each action will give you 5 CtD and 1 Loose Change.

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Speak to an Aristocratic Academic


If you don't meet those requirements, there are several opportunity cards that are open to you:
If you've met the Forger.png Repentant Forger you can wait for A Visit and mind his old habits.

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Old habits

If your Sidebarnightmares.png Nightmares are level 3 or above (you may wear Nightmares raising gear) you can indulge in mysticism and mesmerism from A Moment's Peace.

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Mysticism and mesmerism

If you have level 2 Sidebarsuspicion.png Suspicion (you may wear suspicion increasing gear) you can lay a false trail from The Law's Long Arm.

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Lay a false trail

If you have level 2 Sidebarwounds.png Wounds and are Closest To: Bohemians, The Church, The Constables, The Duchess, The Masters, The University, or Society you can join an exclusive dinner party on the A Restorative card.

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An exclusive dinner party

All others may look at those coins from An unusual wager card.

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Look at those coins


CtD level 10 to 11 (5 x 5 CP)

Unless you've lost your soul, you can Roseblacksmall.png talk about something else at The Shuttered Palace. Each action will give you 5 CtD and 1 Loose Change.

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Talk about something else


If you don't meet those requirements, there are several opportunity cards that are open to you:
If you've met the Sardonicmusichallsinger.png Sardonic Music-Hall Singer you can wait for A Visit and go with her to a gambling-house.

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Go with her to a gambling-house

If you have level 1 Sidebarnightmares.png Nightmares (just put on a Mushroomhat.png Sporing Bonnet) and level 10 CtD you ask someone else what they saw from the City Vices: Orthographic Infection card. This action always gives 5 CtD and either 1 or 2 Loose Change.

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Ask someone else what they saw

If your Sidebarnightmares.png Nightmares are level 3 or above (you may wear Nightmares raising gear) you can do some physical exercise and exertion from A Moment's Peace. This action gives 5 CtD and no Loose Change.

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Physical exercise and exertion

If you have level 2 Sidebarscandal.png Scandal (you may wear Scandal raising equipment), hiding from those who would hound you on An Afternoon of Good Deeds? gives 5 CtD and no Loose Change.

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Hide from those who would hound you

If you have level 2 Sidebarwounds.png Wounds, the Itinerant Physician from the A Restorative card will give you 5 CtD and no loose change in exchange for 75 Shard of Glim.

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The Itinerant Physician


CtD level 12 to 13 (5 x 5 CP)

Blackglove.png Master thieves can visit the University and talk about robbery. You may still do this storylet if you're unwelcome at the University. Each action will give you 5 CtD and 1 Loose Change.

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Talk about robbery


If you don't meet those requirements, there are several opportunity cards that are open to you:
If you've met the Functionary.png Wry Functionary you can wait for A Visit and pop in while you're passing.

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Pop in while you're passing

If you have level 2 Sidebarscandal.png Scandal (you may wear Scandal raising equipment) you can blame someone else for your sins from An Afternoon of Good Deeds?. This action gives 5 CtD no Loose Change.

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Blame someone else for your sins

If you have level 2 Sidebarsuspicion.png Suspicion (you may wear suspicion increasing gear) and are Closest To: Bohemians, Criminals, Hell, Revolutionaries, Rubbery Men, The Docks, The Great Game, Tomb Colonists, or Urchins you can make sure nobody is telling tales from The Law's Long Arm.

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Make sure nobody is telling tales

If you have 2 Sidebarwounds.png Wounds and are Closest To: Criminals, Hell, Revolutionaries, Rubbery Men, Tomb Colonists, or Urchins you can be unwise from A Restorative card. This action gives 5 CtD no Loose Change.

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Can you be so unwise?


Conclusion

If you didn't use opportunity cards in any of the above steps, you'd need to spend 21 actions to get to level 14 Clock.png CtD. This will also give you 21 CP of Bag.png Loose Change, bringing you to level 6 (if you started at level 0).

Buying a Mark of Credit Page from the Numismatrix cost only 7 CP of Loose Change, but is only available at level 7. This means that unless you've already had some points of Loose Change, or are willing to chance a Mark, or simply need the CtD for something else, you'll need to use opportunity cards.

Rewards

Reaching Counting the Days 14 unlocks the Secrets and Spending card, which allows you to choose one of the following, all resetting Clock.png CtD:


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Only available if you're Closest To any of the factions the Favours this option provides belong to.
  2. Better to aquire in your Lodgings, since that option doesn't reset Counting the Days.