It’s a common enough theme in gangster games (such as the Mafia series) keen to excuse themselves with the whole “crime doesn’t pay” thing – although I doubt that was actually Lucid’s motive for including such an ending! Probably just a case of going with the flow.
The best fit in Vendetta would probably be the male Ex-Police Officer. Apparently dismissed from the force for accepting bribes, maybe there’s more to his backstory than actually meets the eye… However, being one of the two least popular backgrounds overall, the chance of ever getting to write his ‘Primary’ story (the only way we could thoroughly explore this story route) seems incredibly slim.
Then again, maybe that would make a difference to his appeal, if he was actually secretly working for “the good guys” from the very beginning, tasked with bringing down the Ginelli Mob from the inside?
History often blurs the two, thanks mostly to Hollywood and a TV series popular in the 50s, both of which play very loose with the actual facts (no surprise there, huh?).
For example, Elliot Ness and his ‘Untouchables’ (agents of the Justice department) are often credited with bringing down Capone, but the truth is they were an inconvenience (albeit an expensive one, since they did succeed in smashing up various Capone places). Every one of the 5000 or so individual bootlegging charges brought against Capone as a result of Ness’ activities were dismissed by a Federal court, for simple lack of any real evidence linking Capone to any of his street-level operations. Ness was a glory-seeker, often tipping off reporters about his impending raids so he could make the news – which meant that quite often the Capone outfit also heard about them in advance, and thereby avoided far more serious losses.
It was Revenue agents (a special investigations unit of the Treasury department) who actually brought down Capone, on Income Tax charges. They proved he spent it, therefore he must have earned it, but hadn’t paid tax on it. It was one of these Revenue agents who actually infiltrated the fringes of the Capone gang and spent months living in the same hotel that Capone used as his HQ, undercover as a gangster from Philadelphia laying low in Chicago. He proved instrumental in the case with the information he gathered – including being able to warn his colleagues that Capone had put a $50,000 hit contract on each of four agents involved in the investigation… Once it became common knowledge, saner heads in the gang talked Capone out of going ahead with that massacre.
After his conviction, Capone was quite magnanimous – “You fooled me,” he said to the agent, “because you look like a wop.” (He was of Polish-Irish descent).
That undercover agent would later became head of the US Secret Service. He was never one of Ness’s vaunted “Untouchables”.
It was indeed. If memory serves, they had a lot of trouble with sabotage on the docks by German agents, and spies alerting lurking U-Boats to ship departures. The mob controlled the Longshoremen’s unions, and the government approached ‘Lucky’ Luciano (who was in prison at the time) to use his influence with the NY families to root out the saboteurs.
LAST WEEK’S POLL RESULT
No real surprises here, with 25% preferring Ma Gioverdi’s Diner (Vinnie Mangano), and 15% each for heading home (Dino Zaganis) and Chuck’s Place (Uncle Luigi). 30% don’t tend to favor one over the other, while 15% admit they haven’t replayed enough to have a real preference.
Conclusion: there will be some tweaking here to ensure that no particular background is too limited in their “best route” by starting stats alone. Chuck’s Place will also be more attractive as an early route into the lucrative Loansharking racket, and Dino’s payroll heist will be the best option for actual stats gains, to better balance with the rewards from the truck driving job for Vinnie.