Neutral
Asset

Talent.

Cost: 2.
Test Icons:

Bob Jenkins deck only.

Reduce the cost of each Item asset you play by 1.

: When you play an Item asset: Play it under the control of any investigator at your location.

"You say the 'end of the world.' I hear 'business opportunity.'"
Quintin Gleim
Edge of the Earth Investigator Expansion #17.
Shrewd Dealings
Reviews

Here are all the things Bob can toss folks.

This card obviously gets stronger when you understand your team's deck and can slot specific things to give them a hand, you know, toss an Eye of the Djinn to Patrice, get Cho some Crystal Dreams, ect. These kinda effects are sorta a pain to talk about in a venue like this, and not with your buds while your planning your deck, so they don't get a ton of love here.

But Bob HAS to run this. And while the 1 resource discount is nice for him, because he needs to run it, it is important to look for 'generic' uses of it that don't require specific deck knowledge that may come in handy.

One thing that jumps out at me is that Bob has the potential to be a fairly strong 'healer' when it comes to physical damage, between Bandages and Leather Coat which both let you toss a 3 (or together, 6 or even 9), HP buffer onto a character in crisis. Bullet Proof Vest becomes really attractive on him as well: a 1 resource, heal 4? Nice!

He can do alright at healing horror too, with Keepsake and maybe Grimm's on a character liable to faceplant tests, but Grimm's is questionable and Mr. Pawterson takes up a more contested slot than Coat does. Elder Sign Amulet likewise could be a nice thing for him to toss into his deck to help buffer for lower sanity folk. And hey, if you are about to die to horror, the fact its an important slot low key doesn't matter anyway: if you are sitting at 1 horror it doesn't really matter how much you like your Cig Case or Fancy Mirror or whatever: you will be glad Bob is offering you a 2 or even 4 horror 'heal' right then and there.

Ultimately though, Bob is a dedicated multiplayer support character, more than anyone else in the cast (though we all just know someone is going to find a way to clear Devourer Below on Super Ultra Double Expert Arcade Edition with him solo!) because both his personal ability and his signature reference other players. So it truly does pay to be cognizant of them, even though you probably shouldn't build decks where someone NEEDS something from you.

Got a lot of rich characters who tend to not use their hand slots and could use a good trash clearing tool because they aren't swole enough to punch rats away bare handed? Toss your friendly Ursula or Sefina your spare Fire Axe. Got a Fin playing flex? Toss him your spare kicks too while your at it. Give Mandy (or most seekers really) a Lucky Cig Case to help them get their crazy combos out faster and end the scenario sooner.

Bob can't ever guarantee anyone he is going to be able to toss items to them unless he goes out of his way to get more effects that allow people to swap things around, so you shouldn't build around this specific card if you want to setup something nuts. Instead, you need to use your game knowledge and understanding of what other people might want, but not need. If you do get that Dream Crystalizer for The Boxer, make sure you have enough events yourself with useful symbols on them so that you can use it as well in case you just brick on finding this thing, and make sure Nathaniel doesn't skimp on skills just because you MIGHT be able to give this to him. You tossing an item to someone should make the scenario far easier, rather than you failing to toss someone something making someone's deck fall apart.

In essence, you need to be a good salesman: the stuff your hocking needs to be things people never even knew they needed, but the second you offer it to them they realize they realize life is going to be so much better with it.

dezzmont · 117
Ursula with a fireaxe? — MrGoldbee · 1233
Its good enough for Wendy to — dezzmont · 117
Whoops! Was trying to say that it is a good enough for Wendy to take out some pests while alone, and Ursula shares a lot of qualities with her (Rich, often issolated, and driven to despair if she draws rats). And with a free hand she can generally take it. — dezzmont · 117

The Good, the Meh, and the Ugly:

The Good: A dollar off all items? Fantastic. It's doesn't even exhaust. Between this and Bob's free play-item action, you've got a mini Ever Vigilant forever.

The Meh: The second bit seems neat; in practice it hits the same barriers as Teamwork as you mess with other deck's plans for their limited Slots. Slotless items sidestep this, so here's hoping this cycle includes more things like Pills, Smokes, Booze... More Booze... uh...

...wow. Bob may be more of a bootlegger than an actual bootlegger.

The Ugly: SO SWINGY. Bob REALLY wants this in his opening hand. Get it anywhere from mid-game on, and you're probably just committing it for an investigate. And to my knowledge, there's literally no tutor that'll help. It feels wasteful to ignore, but risky to count on, sort of like Wendy's Amulet which you can at least find in a Backpack.

(EDIT: Building a Bob deck and realized that L3 Lucky Cigarette Case is an excellent tutoring option available to him, both for this and more or less anything else.)

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So, tl;dr... make friends with your local seeker!

HanoverFist · 508
Question is, can this be used with Bob's ability to play from another investigator and place the item under Bob's control? If so, that might be a good way to utilize duplicate items from other investigators. — Valkun · 13
Fair question- for my take, I can see no reason it wouldn't work. Shrewd Dealings triggers off Bob playing an item, and Bob's ability is for him to "play an item" out of another's hand. Where the item was played from is of no concern to Shrewd Dealings... Bob played an item, so he gets to use SD. This would mean (and it seems very much the intended design) that all of Bob's & SD's abilites can be used together to play an item, on his turn, with a free action, out of somebody else's hand, into that same person's control, at a 1R discount. Bob just got that person the toaster they always wanted at wholesale price! — HanoverFist · 508