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So a question on the old surprise mechanic from the original edition of Curse of the Dark Pharaoah...

If a monster with the surprise ability moves into a space with an investigator, the combat is still delayed until the next Movement Phase, correct? So even if surprised, investigators have the chance to adjust sliders?
 
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Monsters don't have the Surprise ability. Surprise was a condition associated with encounters only ("A monster surprises you").
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kungfro wrote:
Monsters don't have the Surprise ability. Surprise was a condition associated with encounters only ("A monster surprises you").


Thanks Tibs - that makes better sense. I am guessing Ambush was the attempt to bring it to monster abilities, though it plays out much differently? I always preferred the Surprise mechanic, though it might be difficult to implement for those same phasing reasons.

I am guessing there are very few Surprise encounters, if it was only done for the original edition of Pharaoh?
 
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No, "Ambush" was present since the base game. When I first read about "Surprise" I thought it was going to be a monster ability, but it turned out to be encounters only.

There are only a handful. In my thread where I talked about how to combine both versions of Dark Pharaoh, I managed to keep in every "Surprise" encounter except one.

I count surprise occurring in:

2 in-town encounters (I kept only one of these)
5 Other World encounters
1 Mythos card
 
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Well, 8 encounters. I wonder... when you encounter "A monster appears" make a Luck +0 check or be surprised. That'd increase the number! A consideration for house rules.

In the meantime need to go fix the reference guide. blush
 
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That would make surprise feel less special. It won't be so surprising anymore.
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Second time someone used that meme on me in two hours. That's gotta be a record.
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