Unplayable might be a bit harsh here, underplayed is probably more accurate but less attention grabbing Sparked by a Discord conversation about Dulf Zug I thought it might be cool to start this thread. The idea is to talk about those dudes that you like and want to include in decks or even build around, but for various reasons often end up getting cut from the final list or the idea left abandoned because it’s too hard to make work. Dudes that used to feature heavily but have since been surpassed by newer options are also welcome to be discussed here.
I’m going to start with Richard Slavin. Slavin was a morally flexible archaeologist hired by The Fourth Ring to retrieve a number of powerful artefacts from Gomorra’s past for an unknown client (revealed post-AEG era to have been Jonah Essex). I liked the idea of an evil Indiana Jones type and a deck built around Mystical artefacts. Teaming Slavin and his assistant, Valeria Batten, seemed like the foundation of a decent starting posse. Unfortunately the Mystical keyword never really developed a coherent theme, and the Fearmonger Mystical Gadget subtheme also took forever to get going. On top of that, Slavin’s ability was very conditional and proved far too difficult to use to any worthwhile effect, essentially leaving him as a blank one stud/one influence dude who felt a bit overpriced. With plenty of other good starting posse options quickly becoming available to the Fearmongers, Slavin eventually got shelved in favour of cheaper, more useful dudes. He never really achieved anything of note when I did play him. He has occasionally served as deck filler since then, but now rarely gets a look-in. Avie Cline, Henry Moran and Max Baine xp are all ahead of him when I’m looking at Fearmonger decks on tens.