Anna Kaslow
Mysterious Soothsayer

Neutral
Asset. Ally

Ally. Clairvoyant.

Cost: 3. XP: 4.
Test Icons:
Health: 1. Sanity: 1.

You have 2 additional tarot slots.

When the game begins, if Anna Kaslow is in your opening hand: Put her into play.

After Anna Kaslow enters play: Search your deck for a Tarot asset and put it into play.

Tiziano Baracchi
In the Clutches of Chaos #283.
Anna Kaslow
Reviews

Anna Kaslow is the Tarot enabler, she's the linchpin that makes bulking 3-4 tarot cards a playable strategy.

  • Her ability echoes that of the tarot cards, netting you a small 1 / 1 horror and health tank in addition to the tutor effect of searching your deck for a Tarot and playing it as well, all for free if she makes it onto your opening hand.

  • When played post-turn 1, she's still a deck thinning tarot tutor, pulling and playing cards directly from your deck reduces the chance that you'll draw and get stuck with the relatively costly tarot cards. Get them out of the way so as not to dud your draws later.

  • An additional 2 tarot slots means that you might see the dream of running with +2 to a stat and +1 to another, for free! Holy crap! This is a veritable magical Christmas land scenario though, where you're much likely to wind up with just 1 or 2 tarots at a time, probably paying for one of them. Some scenarios will have events that poke damage at an ally and sometimes, frankly, taking a hit on her is just going to be the best course of action.

  • She occupies a hugely contested slot! With just 1 health and horror to survive by she has absolutely no tank. Given that she's in your deck you probably depend on and fill up those Tarot slots quickly so loosing her will probably start a chain-reaction of asset discards. With Anna Kaslow in your deck Charisma is very probably next on the agenda.

  • Not a cheap asset by any means at 3 resources, not to mention the 4xp as well.

All in all, I think that Kaslowe's weaknesses make her a very iffy card, the dependency on being drawn in the first hand, the cost, the slot, the lack of tank, the XP. Despite the fact that I do like Tarot cards, Anna Kaslow has yet to impress me enough to be worth a whopping 4-xp a pop.

The top characters who might be interested in her are Diana Stanley, Joe Diamond and Sefina Rousseau, the former two because they benefit greatly from both their in-faction tarots so slotting 3-4 tarots isn't out of the question and the latter because her large opening hand makes finding tarot mechanics easier. Also there's always Lola Hayes.

P.S, this point is a bit unfair, but one of the worst feelings in the game has to be: Sitting around with 3 tarots in your hand, 1 on the table, and 2 Anna Kaslowe's laughing at you from somewhere in your deck.

Tsuruki23 · 811

tl;dr Crunched some numbers and got some estimated probabilities for getting Anna and Tarots in your opening hand in different situations.

I wrote something similar in a comment on this deck but I thought I'd post some more stats here for anyone who's interested in taking this card, but is unsure of the chances of her being in your opening hand.

Most people probably pair this with Sefina Rousseau, so we'll start by looking at her. Initially we'll consider the situation when we've purchased 2 copies of Anna Kaslow and 3 tarots, probably made up of The Moon • XVIII or Four of Cups. The table below shows the different events that can occur in an opening hand with this set up and their corresponding probabilities:

0 Annas     1 Anna     2 Annas     Row sum
0 Tarots 8.9% 12.2% 3.7% 24.8%
1 Tarot 18.9% 22.0% 5.8% 46.1%
2 Tarots 11.0% 11.5% 2.6% 25.1 %
3 Tarots 1.9% 1.7% 0.3% 4.0%
Column sum   40.1% 47.5% 12.4% 100%


We'll look at the same situation as above but with an extra tarot i.e. Sefina Rousseau with 4 tarots and two Anna Kaslow cards:

0 Annas     1 Anna     2 Annas     Row sum
0 Tarots 5.1% 7.5% 2.4% 15.0%
1 Tarot 15.0% 18.9% 5.2% 39.1%
2 Tarots 14.2% 15.6% 3.7% 33.5%
3 Tarots 5.2% 5.0% 1.0% 11.2%
4 Tarots 0.6% 0.5% 0.1% 1.2%
Column sum   40.2% 47.5% 12.4% 100%


With 4 tarots we might be worried about dead cards in hand. Here we have almost exactly 1/5 chance of having more than one tarot and no Anna, compared to a little less than 1/7 chance with only three tarots. On the flip side you have have a higher chance of getting a stat boost at the start, just under 19/20 times compared to jut over 10/11 times.

Now we'll look at more standard investigators. Our mulligan rules will be: keep 1 tarot and 1 Anna, replace anything else (unless you have Anna initially then keep 2 tarots). One assumption I've made is that you have 2 weaknesses and 1 signature card (so we're essentially sampling from a pool of 31 cards). Note that if you're looking to keep another card or have story assets that'll stunt your chances of an Anna + tarot start.

Like before we'll look at 2 Anna Kaslow + 3 tarots first:

0 Annas     1 Anna     2 Annas     Row sum
0 Tarots 12.0% 16.6% 2.6% 31.1%
1 Tarot 26.3% 23.9% 2.6% 52.9%
2 Tarots 8.3% 6.4% 0.4% 15.2 %
3 Tarots 0.5% 0.3% >0.1% 0.8%
Column sum   47.2% 47.2% 5.6% 100%


And with four tarots:

0 Annas     1 Anna     2 Annas     Row sum
0 Tarots 9.7% 14.0% 2.3% 26.0%
1 Tarot 24.6% 23.7% 2.7% 51.0%
2 Tarots 11.4% 8.6% 0.6% 20.7 %
3 Tarots 1.4% 0.8% >0.1% 2.3%
4 Tarots >0.1% >0.1% 0% 0.1%
Column sum   47.2% 47.2% 5.6% 100%


Looks like it could be viable, although even when taking a mulligan for Anna and only keeping a tarot if it comes up, we're still left without her nearly half of the time, but 9/10 times we're getting a starting stat boost with 4 tarots, which is always nice.

Some things to look out for when interpreting/looking at these results:

  • This is only focusing on getting Anna Kaslow and tarots into our opening hand, this is all well and good but if she's discarded in the first Mythos phase she's pretty useless.
  • It could make for a cool themed deck, and in those cases you don't really care as much about your deck being top tier and could maybe deal with the unlikely chance you get no tarots or Annas.
  • The second Anna Kaslow isn't a terrible draw, like the extra tarots, as she has a wild icon.

If anyone has any questions or disagrees with anything I've said, I'm happy to discuss.

Thanks for reading!

To get these probabilities I simulated drawing opening hands 10,000,000 times and just looked at the proportion of each event.

Very nice overview, thanks! I'm considering a Joe Diamond Tarot Deck- and these numbers look quite promising. — Kendro · 1
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Hi sorry about the delay, post this wherever you'd like :) — Economy_Weather · 6

Sefina with 7 xp. Draws 13 cards during setup and places Anna Kaslow and 3 tarot cards in play at no cost. Starts the game with + 2 Will and + 1 Agility. I can see that nice combo happening.

With other investigators, I don't think so. The neutral tarot card is not that good and you wouldn't want to use splash slots to put a 3rd tarot card.

Ezhaeu · 17
Might be worthwhile (or at least interesting) if you happened to draw The Tower weakness, since she basically can neutralize it for you. She also reimburses herself in actions with the neutral tarot. — pneuma08 · 21
This also seems a pretty good card for Lola since it's a neutral ally and Lola has access to every single tarot. She could boost 3 differrent stats. — Killbray · 1
Anna Kaslow possesses the power to grant Calvin Wright 7/7/7/7 skills via double 'Five of Pentacles'. — Cluny · 38
Flip side, Sefina draws three tarots in her thirteen cards but doesn't get Anna. Puts one tarot into play for free. Until Anna is drawn, she has two dead cards in her hand and has to pay three resources for Anna and six more for the two tarot cards. — kingofyates · 4
She might be able to play the 4th Tarot from her deck, when playing Anna. — Django · 2021

I struggle with the low soak. Other cards with 1-health-1-sanity are not central to deck builds (eg Stray Cat). However, with Anna, you're going to build an entire deck around a strategy (Tarot cards). That strategy becomes highly vulnerable to damage being caused to an Ally. One hit and your strategy is broken. I wish she had at least 2 health or sanity to provide just a little more safety.

acotgreave · 32
'Trusted' can do that, for all with access to Level 0 Guardian cards. — Cluny · 38
Wonder if the card is missing the unique asterisk? I guess all named allies should have it... — armin321 · 1
The card does have a unique asterisk. — kingofyates · 4