|Number of unique Cards||1|
|Role||Stalling, Strength, Agility|
|Threat Level||Low to Mid|
|# of scenarios||13|
What it does: Locked Door attaches to the location with the most clues and stops players from investigating at that place. To discard the Locked Door, an action must be spent to pass on either a Strength or an Agility check. At a difficulty of four, that test requires either some investment or a player with naturally high physical attributes.
My take: This is one of the cards that lost a good amount of its power over the times. The main reason for that is how many ways there are in todays card pool to pick up clues without investigating. A few of those existed in the Core, but aside from Drawn to the Flame they weren’t too great at dealing with this card. But still, if the investigation needs to happen and no alternative is around, Locked Door still presents a challenge sometimes due to the fact that the one doing the investigation is rarely also the one who reliably can pass the tests on this.
Threat level: Low to Mid. Locked Door’s threat can be measured fairly well in how many actions are needed to deal with it. Usually, it will be around 2-4 actions, including some extra movement, but if the players are actually scrambling to even pass the test it can easily be more.
Dealing with it: The best way of dealing with it is not requiring to investigate there in the first place. Cards like Scene of the Crime, Pendant of the Queen or Working a Hunch can bypass this treachery completely.
Return to The Dunwich Legacy: Secret Doors
|Number of unique Cards||1|
|Role||Stalling, Willpower, Intellect|
What it does: Return to Dunwich includes Secret Doors, a possible replacement set for Locked Doors. The Secret Door attaches to the location with the most investigators present and then stops them from leaving there until discarded. To discard the Secret Door, an investigator has to take an action and either pass a Willpower or an Intellect test.
My take: While similar in template, this card does something very different than the one it replaces. There are some investigators that are somewhat impacted when they are caught by Secret Door, but since the difficulty of the test is only three instead of four it shouldn’t be completely out of reach. The thing i am missing most here is the forced teamwork aspect of Locked Doors. The ones who need to deal with the Locked Door are usually not the ones who are actually most impacted by it. This is not necessarily true for Secret Door. I think this is a fairly weak card that will unlikely be taking many actions away from the team.
Threat level: Low. It’s unlikely to have an effect beyond taking one or two actions to clear it.
Dealing with it: If multiple locations have “the most investigators” , then the players get to choose where to put the card, so just don’t attach it to the location where Preston Fairmont is hanging out all on his own and you should be fine.