The Professor said:
I knoiw this begins to sound trite after awhile, but his Personal Story does make him a lot better.
:laughter: yeah, after he passes his PS, he's certainly a better investigator than before; the problem of his PS are the conditions: to pass, he has to defeat three monsters, and with 5/0 Fight/Will you have to be lucky with what you draw from the cup in order to have him pass quickly; on the other hand, he's penalized for having 5 clues. But the ultimate goal of the game is to have those bloody 5 clues and put a seal on the board. So, if you want him to pass, the risk is that he has to wander several turns trying to gather the trophies and some clues, and only afterwards he can finish off the clue collecting task. This means that it's very rare that Monterey could ever dive into a gate before let's say turn 6-7 (and only if you're lucky), especially because, IIRC, he starts with only 1 clue. So, basically:
- we have much better fighter than Monterey
- we have investigator starting with better equipment / a greater number of clues
- his PS story slows him down a lot, even if the reward could be ok
this probably could have a lower impact on long games; so maybe, if you're more on the roleplayish Arkham, with long games and so on, you could deal with this. If, on the other hand, your games last on average 10-11 Mythos, having an investigator being able to enter a gate no sooner than Mythos 8 by default is terrible.
Additionally, I believe that the condition "you lose the PS if you ever have 5 clues" is so wrong for everybody because you put that character in condition for not sealing anything unless suffering a bad penalty. I know there are circumstances allowing you to ignore all of this (Patrice, Research Material, Elder Signs, Favor of Nodens in play, Mythos Lore, Granny Orne and all the others), but they are not that common (well, if you play IH, you can go shopping for RM, at least, but still) and it's really a pity because sealing is the main focus of the game. Darrell was screwed by his PS (so that some people here have houseruled his failed condition to be 6 clues instead of 5), Monterey is another guy with several problems because of this (not to mention that Monterey had several problems per se, he didn't need for additional ones) and probably there is also someone else that I don't remember right now.