Newspapers

The media serves as the eyes and ears of the world, and the power of newspapers to influence people and the decisions they make is impressive. Even to the illiterate, newspaper stories are often considered gospel, especially concerning matters of foreign relations or policy in other kingdoms. While yellow journalists and dime novelists still proliferate, and rampant jingoism is the rule when it comes to covering public affairs, there are a few souls dedicated to bringing truth to the people about their world and the people who change it. This Influence measures a character’s ability to abuse the machinery of newspapers (or any news reports) to guide or confuse public opinion, or even to break through barriers and print the truth when no one else wants to hear it.

    • Learn tomorrow’s news today (Gain 1 temp. Contact to watch a Newspaper action)
    • Submit small articles or otherwise spread minor news (Increase or decrease morale a small amount)
    • Know some small-time reporters (Trace someone with low-level Newspaper influence)
    • Publish under a pseudonym (Conceal a Newspaper action behind 1 temp. Alt. Ident.)
    • Suppress (but not stop) small articles or reports (Block a level 1 Newspapers action)
    • Get a hold of investigative reporting information (Gain 1 temp. Info Net)
    • Get the ear of local reporters (Watch any action with 1 temp. Contacts)
    • Know an editor or media mogul (Trace someone with high-level Newspaper influence)
    • Initiate local news investigations and reports (Gain 2 temp. Info Net)
    • Gain access to printing resources and equipment (Gain 1 temp. Paper or Pigment Resource)
    • Censure a reporter indefinitely (Attack 1 Newspaper influence)
    • Run a serialization of a work (Grow 1 Domain into Newspaper Influence)
    • Publish a story criticizing an influential person (Attack 1 of any Influence)
    • Access a famous reporter or “muck raker" (Grow 1 Domain into Contacts or Info. Net.)
    • Ground stories and projects (Block a Newspaper 2 or lower action)
    • Have a researcher help you with an investigation (Gain 3 temp. Investigation ability or 2 temp. Contacts)
    • Squash any local story (Block a Newspaper 3 or lower action)
    • Print outrageously fake stories (Moderately increase or decrease morale)
    • Publish advertisements for local businesses (Gain 1 temp. Coin or random Resource)
    • Publish a thorough coverup (Conceal any action behind 3 temp. Alt. Ident.)
    • Cause a minor media outlet to begin an investigation (Gain 3 temp. Contacts or Info. Net.)
    • Expose someone's shady dealings (Destroy up to 2 perm. Alt. Ident.)
    • Publish a propaganda piece showcasing your territory (Attempt to grow 1 perm. Domain)
    • Expand your media empire (Grow up to 2 Domain into Newspapers Influence)
    • Destroy a minor newspaper (Attack 2 Newspaper influence)
    • Get a major scoop by uncovering the real story (Gain 1 temp. Secrets)
    • Establish your pseudonym as a well-known reporter (Gain 1 perm. Alt. Ident.)
    • Establish a lasting relationship with a reliable informant (Gain 1 perm. Info. Net.)
    • Kill news stories in your and allied domains before print (Block a Newspaper action of level 7 or lower)
    • Cause a major media outlet to begin an investigation (Gain 4 temp. Contacts or Info. Net.)
    • Manufacture a major scandal (Attack 2 of any influence, or Destroy 1 perm. Standing)
    • Publish a story in echange for favors (Gain 4 temp. in any one influence this month)
    • Destroy a major newspaper (Attack up to 3 Newspapers influence)
    • Print false regional stories (Boost or Block an influence action of level 6 or lower)
    • Publish propaganda on behalf of a crooked politician (Gain 5 temp. Politics influence)
    • Create a lasting alliance through your publications (Gain 1 perm. Allies)
    • Create a news blackout over an entire city (Block a Newspapers 8 or lower action)
    • Create a fake major news story (Boost or Block an influence action of level 7 or lower)
    • Rock the world with a far-reaching scandal (Attack 3 of any influence or 2 perm. Standing)
    • Review all active story assignments among reporters (Learn all Newspaper actions taken this month)