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__Health: 8. __Sanity: 8.

在你技能檢定失敗後:你本輪可以在自己回合期間進行額外一次行動。(每輪限制1次。)

效果:+1。你可以改為選擇讓該次技能檢定自動失敗,來治癒1點傷害和1點恐懼。

"我能聽見它的聲音。那它聽得見我說話嗎?"
Aleksander Karcz
斯特拉·克拉克 #1.

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卡牌張數:30。

牌組構建選項:求生者()等級0-5、中立卡牌等級0-5。

牌組構建需求(不計入卡牌張數限制):3張不畏雨雪、1張霧之召喚、1張隨機基礎弱點。

打從斯特拉在阿卡姆郵局當差以來,她很清楚兩件事。第一,她的父母錯將她叫做兒子,還給他取了一個男孩名字。第二是,在深夜裡——國王港懸崖上的小屋曾低聲念出了她的真名——她為自己挑選的名字:"斯特拉"。斯特拉每週六不論天氣如何都會派送郵件,這不是一件易事,但她只要想到自己在維繫人們之間的聯繫,變對這份工作滿懷熱忱。隨後她就開始翻找信件。每次她派送到最後,包裡總是會多出來一個信封。信封上的收件人一直是她,蓋有國王港的郵戳。信封裡只有一封信,信上是印刷的一個詞:"斯特拉"。
斯特拉·克拉克
斯特拉·克拉克

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I think people get the wrong impression of Stella. Her abilities reward failure, but there are really two ways to go: failure with success, and failure with “not caring about success ”.

What makes her so special is that there are so, so many survivor cards that reward failure. Predestination, take heart, rabbit's foot, “look what I found“, Live and learn... So if you’re going for partial success, you have the option to fail in your first and second action and set up your third and fourth. What’s great is, even in campaigns like the dream eaters where there aren’t many skill test on your encounter cards, you can slot the new level zero “test of will” to either get rid of a treachery or gain an extra action (and probably a card, because rabbit's foot is the best fit for an accessory.)

Permanents like a quick learner, which would be poisonous for most other survivors, let you fail early and succeed later. In fact, a -1 to future difficulty test means that you’re going to face automatic successes, especially if you’re dodging a low agility enemy, hitting an acolyte or group of rats, or using your old key ring to investigate a three shroud location. (Vital to appreciating this card: knowing that it doesn’t apply to the mythos phase. Your stats are safe there.)

In solo games, you’ll be able to persevere/bungle your way through skill test and fights with “neither rain nor shine”, getting these amazing +3 bennies, recurring with resourceful, and later True Survivor. Or you can rely on the Mysterious Raven to attack your sanity in exchange for one action clues, and heal with Grimm's fairytales.

In a group, you’re likely to get in a flex role: you’re great at agility, and with dark horse or the right skill cards, can be good at a few other things. Sometimes, with Peter S by your side, it’s soaking fear or dodging enemies. But Stella has a surprising role that is harder for other survivors to play: support. Neither rain nor shine allows you to give +3 wild skill icons to fellow investigators. Plus, it gets rid of the sting of failure. Some scenarios have cruel effects that, when resolved, can defeat you, take rounds off the scenario, or drive you insane. Not anymore.

You’ll have a lot of options to pick through as you gain experience, because the chainsaw and your .18 derringer both reward a failure first style. True survivor and drawing thin, while expensive in terms of XP, make an amazing late campaign engine.

Playing Stella will have you saying weird things though. Things like “darn, I succeeded all of my actions!”, or bragging about how how only the grit of the Postal Service can take on the horrors of the universe. So watch out for that.

MrGoldbee · 1417
That's a clever interaction with A Test of Will (0). I had written that off as being kind of a bad card. Not so in Stella's hands. — Zinjanthropus · 225

When I first looked at Stella, I worried about being able to trigger her ability reliably with lower difficulty Chaos Bags. Then I fooled myself briefly thinking that her ability wasn't much help except as a bonus to the Survivor "win by losing" strategy (it feels really good to attack an enemy with .18 Derringer, miss, Use Oops! to hit another target reloading the pistol in the process, then shoot the original target with Stella's special action).

Now, while both of those are at least partly true, I'm beginning to see Stella's ability as "tempo protection." While a on a critical test will still ruin her day, Stella gets 3 successful actions in a turn far more often than other investigators. The versatility of that "failure insurance action" allows her to do anything, where most of the investigators with bonus actions (e.g. Ursula Downs, Finn Edwards) are constrained to one sort of action, and Stella is a lot more versatile.

Rabbit's foot + Draw Thin. Fail better! — MrGoldbee · 1417
Drawing Thin is insane! Forget Dark Horse, you're going to be rich! Add in Quick Learner x2 and the occasional Eucatastrophe and you will pass the big tests. Neither Rain nor Snow completely negates any treachery with a test, then has 3 wilds, because why not? — Taevus · 697
tempo protection is a really good way to describe it — Zinjanthropus · 225

One thing the other reviews didn't touch on is how amazing Stella's health and sanity are. With very few exceptions (Calvin and Lola, and Pete except with Duke he does), an investigator's combined value adds up to 14 or 15. Stella is blessed with a generous 16! This might not seem like a huge deal, but health/sanity is king in Arkham Horror. Many scenarios are down to the wire and 1 more damage or horror can make the difference. And not only that, Stella has 8's in both sections, so she has no clear weakness! This, in combination with her access to Peter Sylvestre and Jessica Hyde and all the other survivor soak, makes her incredibly tanky! And remember, this is all just gravy on top of an amazing ability and solid skills. In fact, considering how good Stella seems to be with her current card pool, I don't know if she needed that additional hp. But I won't complain.

Cpt_nice · 76
It's funny, because Pete (with Duke) comes out to 16 as well, but he still can't go to 1 of either without making dog owners sad (and losing a bunch of utility), while Stella can. — SGPrometheus · 776
Extra durability makes sense for a character who wants to fail a lot. That tends to hurt. — MrGoldbee · 1417
She could take the Five of Pentacles and Anna Kaslow to get to 10/10 health and sanity just to flex. — Zinjanthropus · 225

Art note: The letter Stella is carrying is addressed to Jacqueline Fine, albeit misspelled as "Jakueline" -- this is easier to see on her investigator mini-card (or, I imagine, on her investigator card in Arkham 3rd, since to my knowledge that's where the art is from). Useful info if you're looking for flavor justifications for card pairings (similar to the also-mail-related Indebted and Finn Edwards).

anaphysik · 94

One thing I particularily like about Stella is her ability to get the difficulty down to 0. Especially when investigating. And the survivor card pool has many ways to get the shroud down and reward shroud 0. Two Quick Learner, Old Keyring and Gumption will get a shroud 6 down to 0. Then throw in Shed a Light to get a ton of clues. Winging It is also really fun to pair with Shed a Light. Resourceful make sure you get Shed a light back on hand, and True Survivor keeps you playing those brutal combos all through the game!

Drakanda · 3
This post is a good example of why playing with the taboo list is a good idea for experienced players. Many of these exploitable card/combos are rebalanced by taboo. In this case, both Old Keyring 3 and Shed A Light have had their xp costs raised to more appropriate levels. While Resourceful hasn't been taboo'd, there has been speculation that it will be eventually. I enjoy playing power decks, but the taboo list keeps most of the truly gross combos in check. — Pseudo Nymh · 42
I realize now that I mis-read the review and thought it was about disliking the power of this combo, so my comment above is a little off the theme for the review. If you haven't played Stella with Old Keyring and Shed A Light, it is indeed a great time and you should try it out! If you start to feel that certain decks/combos are a little too good check out the taboo list. — Pseudo Nymh · 42