file Submission: Darla, The Researcher

05 Jul 2017 01:02 - 24 Jul 2017 15:55 #82464 by jblacey
Name: Darla, The Researcher
Capacity: 4
Cardtype: Vampire
Clan: :trem:
Discipline: :aus: :tha:
Camarilla. When Darla enters play, you may search library (shuffle afterwards) for two Master: Discipline cards and put them on ready vampires.

Art notes:

Her hair is tied behind her head. She is wearing robes with a high collar and she is holding 3 tomes in the corner of her left arm. The bottom tome has a bookmark in it. There is a key ring with three keys on it around her left wrist.

World of Darkness Reference:

You can see a picture of her on page 81 of the Tremere Clanbook (Revised Edition), she is the sample character titled: Cloistered Researcher.

How does this card address a compelling game need?:

She is a cheap Camarilla vampire for Tremere though her ability is extremely flexible allowing her to give disciplines to more powerful vampires and she makes discipline combinations easier to accomplish. Worst case scenario she fits into an Auspex and Thamaturgy deck and she can give herself Superior in both as a 4 capacity. Best use of her is to give two different vampires that have basic disciplines an upgrade. She can also give herself Superior Auspex so that she can be a Wall and still have another discipline card left over for another vampire.

Created by:
Justin Lacey

Update: July 7th 2017
Here is text from the last update

Name: Darla, The Researcher
Capacity: 4
Cardtype: Vampire
Clan: :trem:
Discipline: :aus: :tha:
Group: 5
Camarilla. You may lock Darla to search your ash heap, hand, or library (shuffle afterwards) for a Master: Discipline card and put it on a ready vampire as a discard phase action.

Update: July 24th 2017
Her ability is was 180 characters, now it is 174 characters. The hand selection isn't super relevant and hopeful it makes it a little easier to fit in the text box. Trimming the ash heap selection would free up 9 more characters, but hopefully that isn't necessary. Her point value is fine, as her ability locks her and it has a narrow use only getting a very specific type of card, it easily fits as 1 point ability.

Name: Darla, The Researcher
Capacity: 4
Cardtype: Vampire
Clan: :trem:
Discipline: :aus: :tha:
Group: 5
Camarilla. You may lock Darla to search your ash heap or library (shuffle afterwards) for a Master: Discipline card and put it on a ready vampire as a discard phase action.
Last edit: 24 Jul 2017 15:55 by jblacey.

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05 Jul 2017 06:14 #82469 by Ankha
Group?

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Ratings Coordinator, Rules Director

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05 Jul 2017 07:53 #82470 by jamesatzephyr

Worst case scenario she fits into an Auspex and Thamaturgy deck and she can give herself Superior in both as a 4 capacity. Best use of her is to give two different vampires that have basic disciplines an upgrade. She can also give herself Superior Auspex so that she can be a Wall and still have another discipline card left over for another vampire.


Because the worst case is still pretty much a straight improvement over a plain 4 cap with 3 points of disciplines, I'd be inclined to temper the ability ever-so-slightly. Something like:
When Darla enters play, you may tap them to search your library (shuffle afterwards) for two Master: Discipline cards and put them on ready vampires.

So they can still act as normal in their first proper turn, but if you do turn them into an AUS THA block monster, or chuck them Dom for bouncing, they would need a Wake or something like that. But still be really quite pokey indeed.

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05 Jul 2017 11:10 #82474 by nisu_advanced
Am I the only one worried about seeing a Soul Gem of Etrius combo in second turn?
Perhaps just adding a restriction (only aus, tha or dom skills?)

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05 Jul 2017 11:46 - 05 Jul 2017 11:52 #82477 by jblacey
Does locking her when she comes into play solve both problems?
Last edit: 05 Jul 2017 11:52 by jblacey.

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05 Jul 2017 12:57 #82478 by Boris The Blade
Why try to tweak the text when the problem is that the numbers are out of scale? Just remove :aus: or fetch 1 discipline only.

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