Carson Sinclair
The Butler



Willpower: 2. Intellect: 2. Combat: 2. Agility: 2.
Health: 6. Sanity: 6.

You may take an additional action during your turn, which can only be used on the below ability.

: Choose another investigator at your location. They immediately take an action as if it were their turn. (Limit once per round for each investigator.)

effect: +0. Draw 1 card. You may resolve this effect anytime another investigator at your location resolves their effect.

Magali Villeneuve
The Scarlet Keys Investigator Expansion #1.
Carson Sinclair

Carson Sinclair - Back


Deck Size: 30.

Secondary Class Choice: At deck creation, choose Seeker (), Mystic (), or Survivor ().

Deckbuilding Options: Guardian cards () level 0-5, Neutral cards level 0-5, up to 10 level 0-1 events and/or skills of your chosen secondary class.

Deckbuilding Requirements (do not count toward deck size): 2 copies of "As you wish", Selfless to a Fault, 1 random basic weakness.

Carson Sinclair has served three generations of the Webb family in Arkham. Always proper, Carson watched with disapproval as his most recent employer, Hercule Webb, began bringing bizarre artifacts and profane tomes into the house, aided in these endeavors by Webb's business manager, Dupuis. When Mr. Webb was swallowed by a dimensional rift, no one believed Carson's description of the harrowing event. Carson has devoted himself to proving Dupuis's guilt, and to restoring the children as the rightful heirs to the Webb fortune.
FAQs (taken from the official FAQ or FFG's responses to the official rules question form)
  • Q: What's the interactions between Carson Sinclair's ability and Plan of Action? Let's say that Carson gives an action to Silas Marsh, and commits Plan of Action on a test Silas is performing, will it gain icons? If so, which ones? Does "your turn" on "as if it was your turn" refers to "the turn you are playing this round"? In that case, it would depend on the number of action that Silas has performed. A: When Carson uses his ability to grant another player an action, he does so during his own turn. The type of icons that Plan of Action would gain in your proposed example depends on how many actions Carson has taken during his turn. (“This turn” = “Carson’s turn.” Though Silas is “taking an action as if it were his turn”, it does not mean he is taking a turn.)

  • Q: If Carson Sinclair uses his ability to let another investigator take an action as if it were their turn: 1) What happens if they use that action to activate Rite of Seeking, then draw a symbol token? Both in the case where they haven't taken their turn yet this round, and they have taken their turn this round. 2) What happens if they have access to effects with "limit once per turn" (for example, "Skids" O'Toole's ability, or the effect on .41 Derringer?) Again, both in the case where they've taken their turn this round, and where they haven't taken their turn yet. More specifically, can they trigger the "once per turn" oversuccess effect on .41 Derringer (2) both on their actual turn and with the donated action from Carson? 3) What happens if they have access to effects that trigger at the end of their turn? For example, Frozen in Fear's Forced effect - does it only trigger once at the end of their "actual" turn, or does it trigger both at the end of their turn, and at the end of the action from Carson? 4) What happens if they have access to effects that say "During your turn..." For example, does Leo De Luca give an action during their normal turn, and then another action after Carson donates an action? A: Let me state up front that there is a difference between the player taking their standard turn, and a player “taking an action as if it were their turn” – in the latter case, a turn is not being taken. “Your turn” only occurs once during the investigation phase. Going into specific answers for your questions:

    • If Carson Sinclair gives another player an action and they activate Rite of Seeking, if that player then draws a symbol token, they will “lose all remaining actions” for the round. If that player already took their turn, they have no actions to lose. But if they hadn’t taken their turn, they lose all 3 of their standard actions for that round.
    • If the only limit on the ability is “once per turn”, the player can activate the ability both during their own turn and during another investigator’s turn where they received an action.
    • “Skids” O’Toole’s Free Triggered Ability specifies it must be used “During your turn”, so that cannot be used when it’s not his turn (i.e. when Carson gives him an action).
    • .41 Derringer (2)’s “once per turn” could be resolved during any turn if its controller is able to activate it.
    • Frozen in Fear’s Forced effect triggers at the end of the player’s turn. Carson’s “donated” action does not count as the player taking a turn.
    • Leo De Luca only grants an additional action “during your turn.” He would not give another action if an action was “donated” during someone else’s turn.
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Jacqueline Fine is probably one of Carson Sinclair's primary targets to try and butler (butling?) or at the very least, he will want to stick to her location as much as possible.

Why? Because her Elder Sign ability will activate far more often than any other investigator due to its unique ability to resolve even when cancelled or ignored which Jacquline will want to do 90% of the time. And regardless of whether she plays her Elder Sign or chooses to draw a card, Carson will still draw a card.

She's a fine lady who treats her servants very well.

Tao · 12
He's the butler. He buttles. — supertoasty · 35
Every day he's buttling. — mythosmeeple · 433
Excellent observation, and flavorful too! — assman_pete · 7

As the one who is currently playing Carson with Seeker sub-class... Don't make my mistakes, Survivor is a correct choice.

At a Crossroads is crazy good for him. Playing it on demand with Resourceful? Yes, please. Nature of the Beast should also work just fine. All of these along with other survivor staples like Take Heart create a good card draw engine which Carson really needs.

chrome · 45
I think both are good. Seeker has PMP, and Carson can include some practice skills such as signature, Leadership(2), Overpower(2), Deduction. — elkeinkrad · 446
Ah, you meant Nature of the Beast. Makes much more sense now. — Hylianpuffball · 24
Yes, Nature of the Beast. Corrected. My keyidea of the deck was PMP, you are right. I included deduction and vicious blow, to help my fighter and seeker, whoever needs it more. My signatures are also practiced and I also have Overpower and Perception. But afterall, I believe Survivor card pool provides you with more card draw options which you really need. And those Dilemmas are also very useful for Carson. — chrome · 45
Personally, even more so than Practice Makes Perfect, Shortcut is the real draw to Seeker for Carson. Moving your allies as needed (at Fast speed no less) is huge and he can even go with them with his Safeguard (which every Carson should have). Also, if card draw is what you need most, Seeker does have Deep Knowledge... Not to say Survivor Carson isn't also great, he is, I just really, really like Shortcut. — Erathis · 1

What a dud of a gator. The only time I'd consider playing him is two-handing to reduce mind-melt. It's hard to feel excited about playing with a flat 2 stat line whose special ability is to hand off his actions to better investigators.

Compare him to the other support-leaning gators: Bob can get into all kinds of wacky combos while handing out resources and actions. Daisy has a selection of supporting tomes. Minh can crush the most brutal skill tests and ward off treacheries.

It baffles me that they gave Kymani 5 bonus xp when this doddering old man can hardly fend off a ghoul without help.

Someone, please convince me he's worth playing. Not that he's strong, I'm sure he has a good build somewhere. I want to know if you had fun!

I had fun! Honestly, giving away an action still feels like YOU'RE doing the action. Carson fights like your best fighter and investigates like your best cluever. On top of that, everyone loves you! Amazing — Nenananas · 229
Lightning gun gives +5 attack so if you build a deck around that he could kill efficiently — Django · 4679
One Carson action is as powerful as each other investigator at his location so he naturally scales up in power as the player counts increases. He may not do much in 2p (and is easily the worst solo investigator in the game) but at 3-4 players he really shines. He's only a dud if every other investigator at his location is a dud. — Pseudo Nymh · 21
One thing I didn't think would be so fun before I actually play him is that his ability often becomes similar to Shortcut. No one wants to spend an action to move and it is fun when everyone begs me to push them around... plus I can also kick someone into the enemy to get the engage. This translate to higher damage because they can spend 3 full actions to kill it. I can follow and give Guidance (1), draw and wait to commit cards, or work on other things. I'm the commander! — 5argon · 5737
I think Carson is suitable to the commander by re-order of turn/actions among players. That effect might seem weak, but sometimes be powerful, especially action efficiency sense. — elkeinkrad · 446
Take Safeguard and a ton of skills, and donate your actions to other players. Now you’re playing in a way that enables everyone around you to be stronger. Carson’s not designed for solo obviously, but even in 2p I bet he can do some work, and in 3 or 4 he seems like one of the best. He offers a larger team much more flexibility and consistency. — StyxTBeuford · 12852
In a recent TSK run I played as Carson with Zoey and Cluever Charlie. I was planning on eventually getting a Lightning Gun or Sledgehammer (4) to defend myself but ended up never needing to do so. It is simply better to give an action to Zoey (who appreciates it too), and I can commit Soothing Melody or other 3-icon cards with Bestow Resolve if I really need to pass a test. Overall I think Carson is indeed a bit underpowered in terms of stats (he deserves 7/7 health/sanity at least) but each of his actions can contribute as much as the best investigator at his location does, which makes him really fun to play and practically everyone will appreciate having him on the team. — koaexe · 14