Tristan Botley
Fixer for Hire

Asset. Ally

Ally. Criminal. Cursed.

Cost: 5. XP: 2.
Test Icons:
Health: 3. Sanity: 2.

After your turn begins: Choose two skills. Until the start of your next turn, you get +1 to each of those skills.

After any skill test ends in which a total of 3 or more or tokens were revealed: Play Tristan Botley from your hand, at no cost.

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Tristan Botley

Tristan is expensive, but Preston doesn’t mind expensive. For some, he can function simply as a Darkhorse that provides soak. (And they stack.) But the rogue card people associate most with two stats is lockpicks, which Finn and Trish would appreciate a perma +2 with. Playing him for free will require a table wide commitment to fill in the bag, or not trap all the tokens for other uses. At worst, it’s a little upside when someone pulls three blessed tokens in a row. If someone has two Favors in play, the trigger becomes “when a test involves a blessed or cursed symbol“ which is inevitable.

MrGoldbee · 1061
Good in Sefina if you're running a lot of the Mystic and Rogue stat-adding events. Olive can help you trigger his reaction ability. LCC (3) can reward you for overachieving — Zinjanthropus · 162
A stabby-shooty-Dexter may like this to get a rare +1Will / +1Combat combo, if you prefer that over the +1 stat / (utility ability) that most of his allies offer. — HanoverFist · 373
The problem with Tristan and Lockpicks is that Lola Santiago already provides the two stats you need. Tristan might have an added 3XP tax on him in many Rogues for that reason(Charisma). However, someone like Leo Anderson might really like Tristan. — StyxTBeuford · 12473
In an all Rogue Party, Lola's taken! — MrGoldbee · 1061
Interesting econ card when paired with Calling in Favors? — dubcity566 · 58

Some rough math on Tristan's reaction ability, ignoring bag-manipulation/Favor/Covenant/etc effects:

With 10 total bless/curse remaining in bag during the current test, there's about a 5% chance of triggering him.

With 15 total, there's about a 10% chance.

With all 20 in the bag, there's about a 15% chance.

(For a base 16-17 token bag.)


(Personally, I've only ever seen him get played full-price, but even then the effect is quite strong and flexible, and is an especially reasonable choice for small-collection investigators looking for a generically-useful ally.)

anaphysik · 40
You can somewhat engineer it using cards like Favor of the Sun/Moon — StyxTBeuford · 12473
Also if it's 5% per test the investigators take that adds up quickly. There's a better than 50% chance you will be able to put him in for free over 14 tests. Which in for player is potentially just like 2 turns — NarkasisBroon · 1
Only assuming you don't draw any bless or curses during the 14 tests except the one you succeeded on. In practice you'll be depleting the blesses and curses in 1s and 2s. — suika · 7644
@suika Correct, which is why I focused on a simple at-this-very moment calculation. If the group can consistently keep the bag stocked with both bless and curse (keeping it stocked with only one is worse odds than relying on Elder Sign / Autofail on your tests), THEN repeated-test probabilities play a role. But that's a vastly more complicated analysis. — anaphysik · 40
It’s relevant though because groups can very easily keep the bag filled. — StyxTBeuford · 12473
My group saw him played for free 3/4 scenarios he was in. In 4 player with dedicated bless and curse tech, he will show up with a little patience. — LaRoix · 1469

In case you haven't noticed, this guy does not have an ally slot symbol printed on him. Which makes him really great in my opinion. Yeah he is expensive, but you can pair him with other allies without needing charisma

flooze · 1
Dunno where arkhamdb gets its card images, but he does have ally slot in the release article (he didn't when the article first came out but it was fixed a few days later) and I believe he does have an ally slot in print. So I'm afraid he does take an ally slot — NarkasisBroon · 1
I check my copy, and he has ally slot. I guess that the draft omited his slot and fixed, but draft version was upload at cardgamedb. — elkeinkrad · 151
Maxime confirmed he’s supposed to have one as well — StyxTBeuford · 12473
Well it would have been too much I guess. Hopefully someone here can change the image — flooze · 1