Cost: 0. XP: 4.

Fast. Play only during your turn.

Choose an investigator at your location. That investigator draws 3 cards.

Tomasz Jedruszek
Core Set #43.
Cryptic Research

This is a really powerful card. Compared to Preposterous Sketches,its 4xp more. So you can easily consider these two cards are upgraded version to another. For 4xps you get: Fast Two cost lower No need to be in a place with clues Can be another one

How can you complain this card? For 4xps, it’s a fair trade.

Especially in Minh Thi Phan,you can effectively draw more icons to help others.

say200426 · 3
You are right that this card is a substantial upgrade over Preposterous Sketches, but it should be kept in mind that Preposterous Sketches is not a great card to begin with. — CaiusDrewart · 1580

For its XP cost, i can consider this a very good card...but not great. And the only reason I downgraded it to very good is because it has no icons. For a 4xp card, i think it should have had two icons in there. I base this on several playthroughs with Rex where in the mid-late game, i am usually swimming with cards.

But it's fast and replaces itself... you could just play it and get some new icons on the new cards if you wanted to. I do agree there is a problem with the XP cost though - 4 XP is very pricey for a value card, eg, compared to impact cards like Acidic Ichor, Higher Education, Deciphered Reality etc, that will have more of a big boom when they land. — duke_loves_biscuits · 589
It’s 3 cards for no actions and not-insignificant deck thinning. There’s no way this could be less than 4xp even using the very basic logic that 1 card = 1xp — Difrakt · 666
Yeah, plus why on earth would you ever play Cryptic Research for icons, even if you could? Just play this card for its effect, and then you have three more cards in-hand, with all of their icons now at your disposal. — sfarmstrong · 62
If you don't need it for yourself, just play it for someone else!! — matt88 · 1079
Compared to Stand Together, it does seem expensive XP wise (it's arguably slightly worse, and one XP more). That might just be because Stand Together is totally amazing though. — duke_loves_biscuits · 589