Yesterday I had my first game featuring new Characters from the City Expansion.
I played as the Tinkerer and noticed that this Character is all but plain simple; on the contrary, it's quite difficult to manage. I was a little bit too hasty when I said that the Tinkerer should turn all his Objects into automated Followers, as he will have only advantages from that situation. It's not true.
First of all, turning Objects into automated Followers is an irreversible action. There's no element that makes me think that he could turn them back to Objects. For this reason, Objects should not be turned into Followers lightly.
Only valuable Objects, that you believe you'll never give away, should become automated Followers. Other goods, e.g. the 3 Objects you receive at the start of the game, shall never be turned into Followers, except when you need to make room for other good stuff. If you turn everything into Followers, you'll have plenty of chances to regret it.
I was looking for Gold everywhere and didn't manage to get it, neither on the main board nor in the City,at least not enough Gold to buy everything I needed. I wish I could turn some junk into Gold at the Alchemist, but I only had automated Followers with me. I did not realize my mistake at that time.
When I drew the Alchemist and Haggler Followers, it finally became clear. Everything that acts on Objects won't work with my automations. I had some mundane items with me (Water Bottle, Axe, Armour) but I was so stupid to turn them into Followers. When I had a chance to use the Haggler, the only Objects available for exchange were a Talisman and the Phoenix Potion. A Talisman for the Wand may sound like a good exchange, but not in the final part of the game. If I had at least one stupid other Object to give… I would have won perhaps. But I lost, giving away a Talisman and losing too much time to get another, because I had automated Followers when I should have had Objects.
Besides that, the Tinkerer's abilities are good, especially the ability to discard an automated Follower to replace any cards just drawn. It saved my game a couple of times.
I hope this helps understand the Tinkerer Character, a new design that was never seen before. I wish I could read game experiences from others.