Tooth of Eztli

I feel like this card might not get enough consideration in multiplayer games where a character is able to run cards like ["Let me handle this!"] and absorb other investigator's encounter cards. A lot of weaknesses are treachery cards, too.

Considering this can only fire once a turn, it's probably not all that great. But if your group is drawing 3 or 4 encounter cards a turn, according to the review below, 30%+ of cards have skill tests on them so you should be drawing a skill test every turn. So, if you're able to control who gets what card each turn, you can (kind of) be sure you're going to draw a card each turn.

zovc · 16
I get where you're coming from, but three bucks and an action for a card that doesn't help me kill monsters is a really hard sell, especially as the player count goes up. I think you're better off saving let me handle this for when your seeker draws an elite, and just manipulating encounter draws to give yourself damage and your allies horror, tooth or no. It just doesn't quite get there for me, from a guardian perspective. — SGPrometheus · 189
Perhaps if you trigger this more often it would be more valuable but this is a card that straddles the just good enough line since it has a restricted use and 3R cost. I keep using in Ursula since there are not that many L0 relics and the accessory slot isn't that contested in Seeker (Grisly Totem is pretty good though). It feels like it became more valuable in TFA though since I think the % of agility treacheries goes up and you have to Explore often. Right now since there is so much XP in TFA I am running it with Crystalline Elder Sign and Relic Hunter. Ursula is attempting to be immune to the encounter deck if she can get the Bow into play. 2 (or more...) scenarios left. — TWWaterfalls · 373
Laboratory Assistant

This card is now a corner stone in my Minh Thi Phan decks based on the combo Laboratory assistant + Dream-enhancing serum + Feed the mind.

Ideally I play the Serum, then the Lab assistant (having 2 copies of Studious help to have them both after the mulligan) to start my engine. Later, Feed the mind allows to draw a lot in a single action and have sometimes 12-15 cards in hand so that Minh has a solution to everything happening.

Of course, you end up drawing The King in yellow but with a hand full of skills, you should need one action to get rid of it !

AlexP · 26
Lita Chantler

Lita Chantler: arsonist, ghoul-slayer, and Umordhoth's favorite snack. How is it that, over three years after the release of the Arkham Horror LCG, this torch-wielding termagant still has no review? It's time to redress this wrong.

There's two ways to think about Lita -- as an interesting story asset during The Night of the Zealot (she appears to be said Zealot), and as a standard ally, if you decide to make The Night of the Zealot the first chapter of a multi-set campaign.

In the Night of the Zealot, Lita shows up in your house while you run, shrieking, from a ghoul priest. But she's skeptical that you really need any help; her preference is to watch your duel to the death from the comfort of your parlor. If, however, you engage her in conversation and make a well-organized and informed case as to why she should rescue you from the deranged beast clawing at your back, she'll do what she can. Together, you'll defrock the ghoul priest, and then arrive a crossroads. Lita wants to burn your house: if you demur, she storms off in disgust; if you let her, she'll be your BFF, but you'll never quite be the same (I'm not sure if it's the house burning, or the crazed look in Lita's eyes as it burns, but you'll collect your first mental trauma here). In the next two scenarios, Lita will be an excellent pull. Even if you're not going up against monster enemies (her flavor of choice), the multi-investigator fight bonus is wonderful, and she soaks damage and horror like a champ. In the Devourer Below, she may get you out of a sticky situation indeed.

I think the more interesting question, though, is how Lita does BEYOND Night of the Zealot, if you survive it, and if your investigator is in shape for further mythos-plumbing. In short, she does well. Possibly best-card-in-the-game well, excluding one or two permanents. With her massive soak capacity, her zero-resource play cost, and her ability to buff the whole group, not just you, I'd pay 10xp or more to put her in certain decks. And how good is the bonus against monsters? Real good. There are about 120 enemy encounter cards with the monster trait, not to mention some dozen or so weakness enemies, including the signature weaknesses of Father Mateo, Tony, Norman Withers, and William Yorick.

If you want Lita to Undo the Circle with you, or Tread the Path to Carcosa, or Eat some Dreams, just remember that you'll be starting that campaign with a minimum of three mental trauma, one from watching Lita burn your house, and two from your brush with Umordhoth. Of course, you'll have a pile of experience as well, so it might even out somewhat, especially for high-sanity investigators like Norman. Still, I can guarantee for she'll be a dream-pull in just about every scenario.

You can avoid 1 mental trauma and get her, if everyone resigns the first scenario. However the priest will be added to the 2nd scenario's encounter deck, making it a bit harder. — Django · 2383
Luke Robinson

They FINALLY told us how to actually play him!

From ahc_faq_v17:

"(2.10) “As if…”

Some card effects allow an investigator to resolve an ability or perform an action as if a certain aspect of the game state were altered, using the text “as if…” to indicate the difference. The indicated ability or action is resolved with the altered game state in mind, but the actual game state remains unchanged.

=This includes all steps of the indicated ability/action, including the paying of its costs, attacks of opportunity (where applicable), and resolving each aspect of its effect. =Other card abilities or game effects do not resolve with the altered game state in mind; only the indicated ability/action.

Example 1: Luke Robinson’s ( 4) ability allows him to “play one event each turn as if you were at a connecting location and engaged with each enemy at that location.” If Luke plays Barricade ( 38) as if he were at a connecting location, he would attach it to the location he is considered to be at, instead of the location he is actually at. Doing so would also provoke attacks of opportunities from any enemies at that location, since he is considered to be engaged with them throughout the playing of Barricade. That location has the following ability: “:Reaction: After an event card is attached to this location, deal 1 damage to each investigator at this location.” This ability would still trigger, but it would not deal any damage to Luke, because he is not actually at that location. He is only considered to be at that location for the purposes of the playing of Barricade.

Example 2: Luke Robinson ( 4) instead plays Shortcut ( 22) as if he were at a connecting location. This would allow him to move to a location connected to the chosen location. If there are 1 or more enemies at that location, they do not move with him, because even though the event is resolved as if Luke is engaged with him, those enemies are not actually in his threat area, and therefore do not move when he moves."

nimonus · 13
Notably the "reaction" trigger here is a mistake. This should be "Forced" as all reaction abilities are optional. — StyxTBeuford · 982
Bounty Contracts

After my first scenario playing as Tony, I've learned something important about this card:

The resources aren't relevant; the actions are.

To put it more plainly, this asset works best if it gives you six (or more) free fight actions over the course of a scenario. In a vacuum we generally equate a resource as being worth an action, which would imply that you want to place as many bounties as possible on one enemy to convert one fight action into several resource actions. However, when an enemy is engaged with you (or even just at your location), a fight action is worth a lot more than a resource action, so the ability to place bounties is more important than placing more than one bounty.

In conclusion, I recommend putting as few bounties on enemies as possible. You're using this for free fight actions, not free resource actions.

SGPrometheus · 189
It’s not an A or B strategy imo. I have several campaigns with Tony under my belt now and I can say that while primarily you want to extend your bounties (by placing 1s often) there is merit to placing 2 or 3 sometimes. Notably your Long Colts get much larger combat boosts with more contracts, and they refund a bounty on kill. The resources early can also be relevant in the first several scenarios of the campaign. — StyxTBeuford · 982
Getting Asset fast improve your Action efficiency too. — AquaDrehz · 130