For the next campaign I will be running the Seeker with the impressive beard - Norman Withers (book version as the campaign standard will be arriving with the new campaign this year).
Apart from the default extras -
Split the Angle
His personal card is of average utility. It's good as a pump but, at the significant cost of an action, can both forewarn of the top encounter deck card (so it can be given to the person best able to handle it) and even discarded if it is that bad.
His own special ability is to always have the next personal deck card revealed that can be played as if in hand at one less cost! So he is efficient at getting through cards and has some resource advantages. The random weakness I pulled was 'Day of Reckoning' which seems to remove the elder sign from the chaos bag and locks it until the Agenda flips.
For the deck I decided to reinforce these tendencies alongside the usual Seeker tricks to attempt to make him a better clue machine.
Just a way to help pass those must pass tests. Distinct Jurassic World vibe about the art.
Which again needs no real explanation. Though the version shown above is the experienced with an extra card draw as well. Woops.
Here I went for cheap helper cards. Firstly
which should allow me to mitigate any really nasty impacts of encounter cards (so hopefully less 'fail by 4 so lose 4 health and die possibilities).
Voice of Ra
Allies - Packing two here
Dr Milan Christopher w
the always useful (and expensive) though practically a staple for all seeker decks
- who rather disconcertingly looms like a younger Michael Gove. Anyway I like Rook because he has more soakability with 2 in each but he allows three times search for a card on a 'fast' action. Now ok there is always the risk of multiple weaknesses but sometimes you can time these.
Assets - Only four taken
which I like as a starter card especially as it’s a fast play, though it is a strong candidate for early replacement with a card from victory points. (Sorry image of the experienced version)
Events - Five of these were taken.
Mind over matter
I've got a plan
No Stone Unturned
I like having extra movement in decks and this has the added advantage of being a fast play and one that can push other investigators.
No Stone Unturned
Follows the deck control theme and allows assistance for myself or another investigator who really needs an extra card.
Skills - Two of these were utilised.
Seemingly featuring Dr Milan though that looks less 'Eureka' than 'get out of my house'. Anyway I like for the search possibility which reinforces the decks card draw/control focus.
Looking at it there are a few areas where the deck needs strengthening. I would like better allies to act as damage/madness soaks as I am still weak in health. Another way of doing a lot of damage fast would be nice (but as the team has two combat capable fighty types and a probable fighty useful Mystic) not so necessary.
A marginal weakness lies in movement skills as I value that highly. So looking forward cards I would consider buying with experience are
To improve movement
Pathfinder - my favourite movement for Seekers (I think) mainly because it can be used potentially multiple times (though Shortcut is both fast and cheaper and in the default deck)
Esoteric Atlas- a bit like Pathfinder but moves further (needs locations 2 apart) and can be used 4 times for the same cost.
Disc of Itzamna - Discards non-elites spawning at the location
Expose Weakness - very nice draw plus enemy fight drop (with test pass)
Deciphered Reality - Great card and at 5 cost it needs to be. Potentially allowing many, many clues to be discovered. This would help Norman move from an average clue finder to a potentially excellent clue finder. Allowing I get enough victory points to make it purchasable.
Deduction - I like this for the 2 book pump and the extra one clue and possibly two clues (that should be doable for a packed out seeker)
Higher Education - useful as a general pump to both book and mind. That looks like Sean Connery to me!
Cryptic Research - fast play 3 card draw for zero cost for any chosen investigator at my location? Useful as a team play card,
Of those above I would probably look at the Disc first then Pathfinder and Deduction. After that it depends greatly on the strengths and weaknesses the team shows as the campaign rolls on. Looking forward to testing the deck out.
Finally for those on ArkhamDB here is the direct deck link.