- Q: Does the forced ability of Miskatonic Archaeology Funding mean 1 damage for each Miskatonic ally or 1 damage in total? A: With Miskatonic Archaeology Funding, you can assign 1 damage/horror in total to a Miskatonic asset per instance of damage/horror. You can’t assign to multiple Miskatonic assets. (September 2023)
Permanent. Limit 1 per deck.
You have 2 additional ally slots, which can only be used to hold Miskatonic assets.
Forced - When you take damage or horror: No more than 1 of that damage/horror can be assigned to a Miskatonic asset.
As someone immersed in academia, I find the restriction on damaging your Miskatonic allies a hilariously realistic representation of your need to stay in your founder's good graces and demonstrate responsible stewardship of grant resources.
I mean, everyone takes some wear and tear on an expedition, but you are not going to get your grant renewed if your annual report shows you recklessly shoved the funded professors into the front lines of fighting with unholy abominations.
That OTHER intern you have with you, though--they came along on private funding. You can totally send them to investigate that noise.
As of the release of the investigator decks, Seekers have access to 12 allies, 9 of which are Miskatonic traited:
- Research Librarian
- Dr. Milan Christopher
- Laboratory Assistant
- Art Student
- Dr. William T. Maleson
- Abigail Foreman
- Whitton Greene
- Library Docent
The three allies that do not posses this trait are:
It's hard not to see this card as 2xCharisma with a 2xp discount that still lets you get 2 copies of Charisma for a huge suite of allies in your favorite seeker. Notably, your Rook or Dr. Horowitz (or any off-color allies you have) can go in your original or Charisma slots, so you're definitely not limited to 1 of those allies. The last line of text in this card might affect you a little, but probably not too much. Maybe that research librarian only takes 1 point for you or your art student/Maleson can't soak all the damage from 1 hit. But for the most part, you'll probably want to keep your key allies with only 1 horror on them to keep them around. In most cases you might be better off just telling that ally to call in a favor than letting them die from one hit. Or just let Rook get eaten by snakes :)
The biggest drawback to this card is the deck building cost of putting 6+ allies in your deck and potentially not having 4xp to buy this card after the first scenario. But hopefully as the seeker you can attempt to fix this problem by sweeping up all those VP locations!
This seems like a good card for any seeker, but who do I think benefits most from this? The Librarian herself, Daisy Walker will love all her fellow bibliophiles, especially Library Docent with Old Book of Lore (3) and The Necronomicon (5). Note that the Daisy Walker back cannot take this, along with all the other secondary seekers. Honorable mention for Joe Diamond who can now fit Alice, Milan and additional utility allies if he so desires.
Last but not least, I just want to mention that this card is wonderful in The Dunwich Legacy, for [SPOILER REDACTED] reasons, especially in true solo.