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#1 Vinny Vito

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 08:38 AM

If I could get a little feedback it would be appreciated.  I would like to do more characters so if you like what you see give me some ideas (I have more idea too) and I will create a character for you.  I will need time to do research and actually create them so just give me sometime and I will get to it. reir

Ashley "Ash" Williams (of Evil Dead fame)

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The Doctor

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Al Capone

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Francis Wayland Thurston (H.P. Lovecraft character)

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Randolph Carter (another H.P. Lovecraft character)

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#2 The Professor

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 03:35 PM

There is nothing more ignorant in my opinion than no one responding to a poor chap's plea for assistance…

So, as a long-time player of AH, I'll give you a bit of feedback on your Investigators:

Ash:  For both Boomstick and Shop S-Mart, there's far too much accounting going-on too make this worthwhile.  For Boomstick, it may be better to provide a flat +2 Combat bonus when using the Shotgun, than having to go through the machinations of calculating whether its higher or lower than a specific amount.  For Shop S-Mart, I do not see the connection between the Investigator and the ability.

Doctor:  The Tardis ability appears fine, as it's something useful, but not game-breaking.  As for Regeneration, I'm not convinced that this one is worth the trouble.  Also, a "7" in any stat is way too high for an Investigator.

Al:  Recommend changing Difficult to Catch to simply a roll and if it's a Success (Normal 5-6; Blessed: 4-6; Cursed: 6) instead of having it as a 50% every time.  Also, Stray Shots is too bulky…recommend saying he's able to ignore the first attack if he fails an Evade check, for example.

Francis:  Sole Heir and… ability appears very peculiar.  I realize that it's once per game, but again…too peculiar.  As to Knowledge of the Occult, I like the fact that you're balancing the extra die conferred by the Clue token with some extra damage.  This one appears fine.

Randolph:  Gift of Prophecy is a peculiar ability, as more often than not you want the Investigator to actually enter, not avoid, the GateKnowledge of Antiquities appears to be a last ditch effort and may not be employed with any Combat but only if he's going to lose his last point of Sanity.

Overall, you have some interesting, albeit unbalanced, abilities.  If you haven't had a chance, check out the hundreds…possibly thousands of created Investigators under the Fan Creations area.

 


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#3 Vinny Vito

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 05:01 PM

Thanks for the reply as it gives me a good idea of how to better balance my investigators.  I would like to explain that the Shop S-Mart ability would make more sense if you have ever seen Army of Darkness.  Its actually his place of employment in the movie and the line "Shop smart, shop S-Mart would give me ideas of savings.  I was attempting to make some strange abilities to add a little more flavor to these investigators and in turn the game.  Not that the game needs anymore flavor as I think its a masterpiece of a board game. 

All the abilities I added have some rhyme or reason as to why they exist.  The stray shot ability kind of has some roots in the St. Valentines Day Massacre and the Sole heir ability on Francis is because he became the Sole heir of an estate in the actually story and some of the stuff he found kind of drove him crazy.  So if you look up some of these names you might be able to figure out where some of my ideas came from.

So thanks to everyone that replies and gives me some feedback, I really appreciate it.



#4 Vinny Vito

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 11:34 AM

Huh I would have thought for sure I would have gotten more replies on a message board about the game and in a sub forum about fan creatations.  I am wondering to myself if its worth posting at all.  I thank The Professor for responding.



#5 The Professor

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Posted 22 June 2013 - 02:24 AM

It certainly wouldn't hurt to post there or over at BGG, as well.  A number of Arkhamites have migrated to that forum due to ease of use, ability to edit posts, and a greater variety of players contributing to the conversation.

I did see Evil Dead but not Army of Darkness…I'll have to add it to my Netflix queue.


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#6 Vinny Vito

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Posted 22 June 2013 - 03:28 AM

Well I hope you enjoy the movie :-)  Also what forum should I post in on Board Game Geek?  I don't really see one that asks for fan creations, but perhaps I am not looking hard enough.



#7 Julia

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Posted 22 June 2013 - 12:22 PM

Vinny Vito said:

Well I hope you enjoy the movie :-)  Also what forum should I post in on Board Game Geek?  I don't really see one that asks for fan creations, but perhaps I am not looking hard enough.

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#8 The Professor

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Posted 22 June 2013 - 03:19 PM

Julia and I are like a pair of Guardians out here…she's the prettier, smarter one.


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#9 Vinny Vito

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Posted 23 June 2013 - 04:07 AM

Thanks for the help Julia and Professor.  It makes it a lot more fun on message boards when there are people who actually answer you posts and help with questions.



#10 Julia

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Posted 23 June 2013 - 11:55 AM

Vinny Vito said:

Thanks for the help Julia and Professor.  It makes it a lot more fun on message boards when there are people who actually answer you posts and help with questions.

Aye. I'm sorry, some time ago I was more present on the forum and were able to help some more, but in the last months surfing this site is *horrible*

Fortunately The Professor (I could be prettier, but he's certainly faster and more fit) has an enormous patience, and watches over the forum much better than me


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