Gold Bordered cards start and continue stories.
These cards appear to introduce and involve stories of notable consequence, most of which are unlocked in "Part Two" of the game after becoming A Person of Some Importance. It is not known yet whether or not the cards associated with the Person of Some Importance quality appear if that storylet is incomplete. It can also be difficult to distinguish between bronze and gold borders.
FailBetter introduces "Part Two" of the game on their blog here.
In December 2013, Failbetter changed the borders on some cards. Fewer cards may now appear Gold.
Do They Drink Tea?
The tea shop is in a quiet side street. The owner is refusing to serve a pair of Clay Men their pot of tea and sponge cake. Cards associated with this storylet can be found on the A Person of Some Importance page.
Making a Good Book Better
Saint Cyriac's Illuminated College, vulgarly known as God's Editors, revises Church texts to reflect recent events. A Querulous Theologian oversees the work. Cards associated with this storylet can be found on the A Person of Some Importance page.
Making Friends among the Young Stags
You're getting to know these jolly young fellows. Cards associated with this storylet can be found on its own page.
Facing the Rat Army
The newspapers are getting very excited. Wild tales about a legion of rats dominate the headlines. Cards and storylets associated with this story can be found on their own page.
Seeking Mr. Eaten's Name
Are you foolish enough to endure the unparalleled horrors that will come with your quest for the Name? Cards associated with this storylet can be found on its own page.
Assisting a Keen Eyed Lapidary
A Keen-Eyed Lapidary has been robbed! Aid her, and you may be rewarded with a treasure of truly scintillating quality. Cards associated with this storylet can be found on its own page.
A Clandestine Rendezvous At Watchmaker's Hill
Use your connections to find a new companion. Cards associated with this storylet can be found on its own page.
Don't you know her?
The Servant of a Certain Gentleman
Unlocked with Persuasive 115, a Person of Some Importance 1, banished from the Court 1, begins the A Diplomat in the Making story.
The Start of the Day's Business
Unlocked with Shadowy 110, a Person of Some Importance 1, begins the An Editor of Newspapers story.
The librarian and the stones
The university's librarians are prone to corruption. This one is the worst of them, or possibly the best. She has an offer for you.
You must be in The University to play this card.
Your stones! The Correspondence stones that you dug out of the Forgotten Quarter, and you lost because of that devil Virginia! She can get them back to you. It won't be cheap. Someone really, really wants vile infernal brandy. You can obtain Muscaria Brandy by using other Infernal items in your inventory.
Unlocked with 35 x Muscaria Brandy
A disgraceful spectacle (Rare)
A gentleman proceeds along the street: he is soberly dressed in all respects except one. A constellation of shining stones orbits his hat! Whatever intemperate mountebankery this might be, it is plain that Londoners are not impressed…
Ask the man: what are they?
You've seen nothing like these stones, at least in waking life.
Ask why he is thus adorned
What might a gentleman hope to gain from this garish display?
Snatch a stone
Who cares why? This will fetch a pretty penny at Nikolas the Pawnbroker.