Barricade prevents enemies from moving into the attached location from another location. It does not prevent enemies from spawning inside.
- If an investigator that is engaged with an enemy moves to a Barricaded location, the engaged enemy will disengage and remain in the investigator's previous location (after making an attack of opportunity).
Attach to your location.
Non-Elite enemies cannot move into attached location.
Forced - When an investigator leaves attached location: Discard Barricade.
Some time has passed since this has been released. Altough there is an upgraded version, this still isn't the best card.
Altough there is an exception. It is Luke Robinson. As he can put it down on other locations, you can easily block a way of monsters, without stopping you at your place. If you use Open Gate as well you can build a wall, that only investigators can skip, but monsters are stuck behind.
EDIT: As can't add a different review I'm adding some new flavor to this one.
Ideas came and got official answer too.
TL;DR If you are 'as if' at a location and engage someone there (by taunting because normally you don't engage this way) when as if ends enemy stays with you as it is in your threat area. But even ending 'as if' shouldn't have transitions the enemy still moves when 'as if' ends, so barricade can stop it from moving with you.
Official answer: While investigating a connecting location using Pocket Telescope, for the duration of the investigation, you are investigating “as if you were there.” You are not physically there, so the enemies do not automatically engage you, but cards you play resolve with the “as if” condition in mind. Technically, you could then play Taunt to engage enemies at that location while investigating. Once the investigation ends, though, the barricade prevents any non-Elite enemies from moving into your location, so non-Elite enemies would not remain engaged with you.
This card is okay to bad in most cases. As is, it probably needed to be "fast:play only on your turn" to be viable.
That isn't to say it isn't without its uses. Spending one action to bar non-elites from a central location or a final spot can be great.
Card slots in this game are at an extreme premium and anyone who moves into your location will be "trapped" there as well until the barricade comes down.
With that said, there might be a build for multiplayer that relies on this card and sitting in one spot while your team exposes locations and your seeker uses cards like "In The Know" "Decipher Reality" and "Seeking Answers" to save actions on moving while the team is out exploring.
But even then, right now that kind of a "Base Camp" build is fringe at best. If you set up your base camp, no one will be coming in or out. Also, who will be your base camper? Minh likely won't get as many ability triggers tucked away from everyone. That leaves Daisy, Norman and Rex.
Given the choices, I would probably choose Norman or Daisy as they can run Ward of Protection level 2 and other cards that let you dodge the encounter deck.
I really want to like this card and maybe, if it ever gets an experience upgrade it will see some play. Until then folks, builder beware.
mild spoilers, but i'm trying to be subtle
Its a niche case but there could be some utility in one of the scenarios. There is a tricky scenario where some locations get discarded in predictible ways (its towards the end of a cycle)... and it says "when a location is discarded, move each investigator and each enemy at that location to 'location x'". If you know when the location will be discarded, you can get some pretty strong monsters discarded along with their location.
Again, pretty niche. I agree its probably got a bit of a revival with Luke Robinson, but other than that i've never found the space in my deck.
nobody has mentioned Minh Thi Phan, who can set up into a "barricade minh" mode where she helps everyone else with skill tests all around the place. She's not invulnerable but its awesome if her random weakness is The Thing That Follows. :-)
- Enemies can still spawn on you.
- An elite breaks it, more common than it might seem.
- Action and card for circumstantial benefit.
- You don't stay at many locations for long enough to warrant a card like this.
There are some combo mechanics, In the Know and Connect the Dots for example, still the benefit is extremely limited in scope. The levelup version Barricade is vastly better but again the benefit is so transient that the XP commitment and card slot will just feel that much worse when you have this card in hand unable to leverage it into a useful gameplay benefit.
Personally I think the barricade should have resources on it, and resist so-and-so many attempts to move or spawn into a location, and allow the player to leave instead, but this is not so and thus this remains a terrible card to include in pretty much any deck.