Joey "The Rat" Vigil
Lookin' Out for #1

Schurke
Vorteil. Ally

Ally. Criminal.

Cost: 2. XP: 3.
Test Icons:
Health: 3. Sanity: 2.

Spend 1 resource: Choose an Item asset from your hand and play it (paying its cost).

Discard an Item asset from play: Gain 2 resources.

"Murph, you know full well that The Rat would snitch on anyone, at any time, for anything, truth be damned if the price was right."
–Jason Marker, Investigators of Arkham Horror
Tiziano Baracchi
Weber des Kosmos #326.
Joey "The Rat" Vigil
Reviews

I think Joey "The Rat" Vigil was the most unusable rogue card in the game until this version of him appeared in weaver of cosmos. Now, "The Rat" is one hell of a card, especially for Tonny Morgan. It is not only the cost that is reduced (4 to 2) but also a new fast ability that is added (Discard an Item asset from play: Gain two Resources) This new card gives a new refreshing strategy to rogues to get money super fast by discard assets from play that have no charges/supplies/ammo and play a new one (or even an exact copy of the same card from you hand) by paying the cost plus 1 resource. And it is fast! This opens a whole new world for rogues, as they can now explore a whole new bunch of cards that where never used. Such as Colt Vest Pocket. Also "The Rat" can create some sweet combos that can change the game drammaticaly - I will explain what I mean later on. I play the Dream Eaters B Campaign with Tonny and Mandy. Tonny is an amazing investigator with insanely number of actions and he is heavily combat oriented. Some weapons such as .41 Derringer and Switchblade are essential for him and other such as Chicago Typewriter not so much. He has also 2x Tony's .38 Long Colt. In his collection of guns, I have added 2x of Colt Vest Pocket and using the ability of Rat, this card has now a meaning, because it is a gun bomb which is used normally for 3 attacks (maybe 4 if you put a bounty in an enemy) and before discarding it at the end of the turn, you just discard this asset and get the money back like you have never played it. The +1 damage is sweet and the bonus +1 strength gives a great 6 to handle weak enemies like Rats, Zoogs and overall enemies with Swarming. With this combo you won't need to use your best arsenal against them and you keep bullets for the fatties. Think Rat as Sleight of Hand, but with a reward. The advantage of Sleight of Hand is that it gives you the asset again in your hand so you can circle it again, the advantage of Rat is tha he gives you resources. You can choose which scenario is better for you or you u can use both because Rat is an unlimited source of Sleight of Hand. This can literally save you when you draw an encounter card and you are low on ammo. Also, another thing is that if you want to play a new asset that takes a slot that is already occupied, instead of discard it and get nothing from it, you can use Rat's ability and benefit from both cases - get 2 resources and play this asset fast! Finally, a great combo with Rat is to circle a gun which has Well-Maintained. Just put this sweet fast card underneath the gun and when it is out of ammo, discard it, get the 2 resources and then take the gun back to your hand, to play it again (fast or not) or even commit to a test. And the best part for Rat is that both his abilities can be used UNLIMITED in the turn. You don't exhaust him!!! Combine him with Charisma and Delilah O'Rourke and Tonny becomes a killer machine!

Sotosprotos · 42
Add Scavenging 0 or 2 to get discarded assets back into play? — Django · 2788
Scavenging is great card but I think this is kind of situational depending on the investigators. I am not sure if there is an rogue investigator who has access to level 2 scavenging. Tony can get only the scavenging 0 level, but if you want to include this in your deck, you have to add #streetwise in order to benefit the most from this card. For the heavily strength oriented investigators, investigation actions are kind of limited, not to say forbidden, except if you play some events. — Sotosprotos · 42
Take note that Preston can take up to lvl 2 survivor cards. He also has access to items that cost 0 (cherished keepsake, and leather coat). Talk about free money for Delilah, Lola Santiago, and streetwise — jdk5143 · 1
@Sotosprotos Tony can only take skills and events from his off-class, not assets. — SGPrometheus · 255
@jdk5143 I haven't played Preston yet. My bad! — Sotosprotos · 42
@SGPrometheus I know that Tony gets only skills/events. Did I imply the opposite in the review? — Sotosprotos · 42
i think what SGPrometheus was saying that Tony can’t take level 0 Scavenging because it’s a Survivor Asset. — iceysnowman · 139
Also best cost:soak ratio of any Rogue ally — Zinjanthropus · 93

So, assuming that I'm correct, Joey can discard an Item asset from any Investigator in play anywhere, since unlike Sacrifice, it doesn't say "you control". UPDATE: Sacrifice has to specify "you control" since it's not a cost, unlike this card

This makes Joey a crazy money generator, being able to discard empty guns, spells, and Flashlights at any time in a very flexible way. And since it's not an exhaust, he doesn't have to hold back. Perfect for Tony Morgan who plays tons of guns, and - dare I say it - maybe even better than Leo De Luca.

Nenananas · 21
Got too excited there for a moment: no Spells. — Nenananas · 21
Only the cards controller can use a card's abilities, unless it says differently. But, I expect this to be tabooed because you can get free money with zero costing assets. — jdk5143 · 1
Under Costs: “ Only the controller of a card or ability may pay its costs. Game elements another player controls may not be used to pay a cost.” you cannot discard assets someone else controls to get the money benefit here. It’s useful but not that useful — Difrakt · 775
it would be kind of funny if you could discard any asset in play. you could really piss of your friend who finally just got their Flamethrower it, or whatever — Zinjanthropus · 93
Welp, that explains the difference between Sacrifice and this card... Thanks @Difrakt — Nenananas · 21
Worth mentioning that you actually can discard certain of other people's stuff with Joey, you just have to take control of it with Teamwork, first. Skids, Jenny, and Guardian Tony can all take Teamwork. — Zinjanthropus · 93