Jenny Barnes
The Dilettante

Rogue
Investigator

Drifter.

Willpower: 3. Intellect: 3. Combat: 3. Agility: 3.
Health: 8. Sanity: 7.

You collect 1 additional resource during each upkeep phase.

effect: +1 for each resource you have.

"No more 'Miss Barnes' from you. My friends call me Jenny."
Tony Foti
The Dunwich Legacy #3.
Jenny Barnes

Jenny Barnes - Back

Investigator

Deck size: 30.

Deckbuilding options: Rogue cards () level 0-5, Neutral cards level 0-5, up to five level 0 cards from any other class.

Deckbuilding requirements (do not count toward deck size): Jenny's Twin .45s, Searching for Izzie, 1 random basic weakness.

Jenny Barnes has spent the majority of her young life in pursuit of creature comforts, fine dining, and the latest fashions. That all changed when she received a letter from her sister, Isabelle. In this letter, Isabelle confessed that mysterious forces were aligning against her and that she feared she may fall victim to some paranormal threat. It was the last letter Jenny received from her beloved sister. Jenny has since returned to the States to track down and investigate all occult occurrences she can find. Hardly a wilting flower, she has proven herself a crack shot as well as a fearless and clever investigator of the unknown. Until Isabelle's disappearance is explained, Jenny will never relent in her search.
Jenny Barnes
Reviews

Jack of All Trades, Master of None, that is Jenny.

Her stats, straight 3's across the board, make this Dilettante okay at many things, but not incredibly likely to succeed at higher difficulties if she doesn't have something to support her. However, on Easy or Normal she's just one Magnifying Glass away from being a pretty good investigator, especially if she can also grab a Flashlight for those high-shroud locations.

In combat, Jenny is again decent but by no means a powerhouse. Her Jenny's Twin .45s signature card gives her a nice offensive boost, as 5 deals with most non-elites okay. She also has access to the Rogue card pool, so evading is a natural choice. With someone like a Cat Burglar watching her back, she can evade most monsters for quite a while.

The simple truth is that Jenny needs assets and other support cards to help her make skill checks because you simply can't rely on a 3 to carry you very far. However, Jenny has a major advantage in this regard: she gains double the resources everyone else does during the Upkeep phase.

Which, for example, means she can afford to buy a number of high-cost assets, and still put money into her Streetwise when she needs to make a check. In addition, Leo De Luca is a great Rogue Card that rivals the most expensive card in the game. Most players who can play Leo do so, but always have to make a bit of a sour face when they realize just how much money he costs. Jenny knows she'll have more money shortly, so plays Leo gladly.

A brief mention of Jenny's signature weakness, Searching for Izzie. It depends entirely on when it's drawn. Early in a scenario, it'll probably be fine, but if drawn near the end you are taking that trauma.

So, how does Jenny compare to the other Rogues?

  • "Skids" O'Toole has higher , which is of course great for a Rogue. However, his lower and lower sanity means Skids has a tendency to get defeated by sanity damage. I think the ability of Skids to get an extra action is really powerful, but so far it's only come up occasionally because it costs two resources. I think I prefer Jenny's for reliability.

  • Sefina Rousseau is interesting because she's very unlike the rest. Her ability requires loading up on events, and most of her unique abilities allow you to draw more cards. As far as her statline goes, she's much more capable of taking sanity loss, but beware of physical damage with this one.

  • Finn Edwards seems like he would play the same as Skids in a ton of situations: he gives extra actions and has terrible willpower. As long as you can dodge certain encounter deck cards, you'll probably be fine.

In conclusion: Jenny has a rather different playstyle than any of the other Rogues. She does remind me a bit of the playstyle of certain Mystics, where once you have all your spells (or assets in the case of Jenny) you will perform great, but until then you are hurting.

Once you get Streetwise, Jenny can investigate or evade once per turn, without any asset played. — Django 1270
True, but you'll want to develop your board. Even at a 6, investigating for a single clue once a turn isn't amazing, and just evading doesn't defeat any monsters. — wern212 5
People really need to stop having that 'you need to defeat monsters' mentality. — jd90 9
Jday90, doesn't that depend on the number of players..? With four players, monsters spawn like roaches (sometimes literally) and in my experience you need to keep their numbers down less you get overwhelmed by a flock of byakhees. Of course, Vengeance shake things up a bit. — olahren 203
@jd90 I think people have a "you need to have some way of dealing with monsters" mentality, and if it takes as many actions to kill the monster as it would to evade it, so much the better. People want to deal with monsters in as few actions as possible; if the monster has hunter that often means killing and if it doesn't, one can evade, probably. Evasion just isn't as effective as killing (obviously), but it definitely has its place. You may be right that people don't value it highly enough, but I agree with @olahren; once you get up to about 3 players, someone needs to start culling monsters or the seeker can't do their job. — SGPrometheus 88
Evading is valuable in a 4 player game when 3 of 4 can't locate their weapons... — Django 1270