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Subject: Strange Sightings! as the first Mythos card rss

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Josh Johnson
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I just drew Strange Sightings! as the first Mythos card during setup. It does not open a new gate. Instead, it triggers an automatic monster surge.

Since this is the first Mythos card, I don't have any gates for the monsters to surge out of.

Does this mean that nothing happens with respect to the monsters?

Do I just put X monsters in the Outskirts (X = # of players)?

Should this card be treated as a Rumor card and simply be discarded if drawn during setup?

I'm going to go with the first choice and just do the secondary action, which gives the first player a clue. I feel so lucky.
 
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Tyler
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The first thing a mythos card does is open a gate. The Strange Sightings effect is that last thing it does. So by the time the card tells you to conduct a monster surge, there will be a gate open.
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Josh Johnson
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I'm not sure about that. This particular Mythos card says that no new gate opens. It doesn't even have a gate location in the lower left corner.

If a gate is supposed to open, where would it go, since there isn't a gate location?
 
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Luca Iennaco
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Either put Monsters (equal to the number of players) in the Outskirts or just ignore the card and draw a new one.
I'd choose the former (the game could alreay begin with no gates, when the "no gate but 2 doom tokens" cards were introduced in the first expansion).
 
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Josh Johnson
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The more I think about it, the more I want to go with the option of not adding any monsters. Putting monsters in the Outskirts seems wrong, since I am not currently at my monster limit.

This situation could arise in the middle of the game, if all gates have been closed and this card is drawn.

This could be a situation where the heroes are lucky to draw a card that triggers a monster surge.
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Aaron Cappocchi
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Josh, I think that's the right way to handle it, as it is the only answer that doesn't require bending the rules or creating new ones.

I was going to go to the same "this could also arise in the middle of the game" scenario. You wouldn't treat it any differently. A monster surge causes monsters to appear at all open gates. There aren't any, so 0 monsters appear.
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I've had this as the first card.

Nothing happens. No clues, no rift tokens (because none match the monster movement), no gate, no monsters. You lucked out! Breathe a sigh of relief and start collecting clues.
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I agree that it's a freebie. The rules for monster surges require gates to be open. No gates, no surge! If it feels too easy, don't worry. The next Mythos card is likely to open a rift or erase your hard drive...
 
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