Is that Insepctor Lestrade sitting unloved in Zurich??? How did no one take Lestrade??? He’s one of my favorite cards. So versatile. So many dick moves you can do with Lestrade. If I’m ever playing with you, I will not let you get Lestrade. And you better not let me get him either, or you will rue the day!
The opening can depend on which 15 cards are showing (12 cities, 3 permanents). An opening with a zombie or vampire card is going to be very different than an opening with a bunch of assassins. Sherlock or Moriarty have the potential to introduce a lot of cat-and-mouse with factions. Did he try so hard for Moriarty because he’s a Loyalist? Or does he want me to think he’s a Loyalist?
Since this is a deck-builder, I usually try to get an economy going with things like People’s Will, Freemasons, and Diogenes Club. Mrs. Hudson and Watson, certainly. I like to build up an “economy” and look at what the other players are doing before I decide whether to tip my hand about my faction.
But my friend @justaguy2 is of the opinion that you might as well just announce your faction immediately by going after whichever cards will help you in the long run.