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The Gangster


  • Action: If you are on a City space, you may gain 1 Item or Service Asset of your choice from the reserve. If you do, gain a Wanted Condition.
  • Once per round, you may reroll 1 die when resolving a Deal or Pursuit Condition.

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"Don't care if it's a god. If it crosses me, it's gonna regret it."


When the O'Bannion gang needs to send a message, they send the big man, Michael McGlen. Not long ago, his friend Fast Louie Farrell was attacked by a bunch of inhuman things with ugly, fish-like faces. They sliced him up and dragged him under the water. McGlen took it personally. The word has spread: McGlen has loaded up his Thompson and everyone else had best get out of the way. His first stop is London where he intends to find out what those creatures are called and where he has to go to kill every last one of them.

Defeated Encounters

Loss of Health

McGlen disapeared from the hospital, leaving his things behind. Gain all of his possessions. Over the years, McGlen hurt a lot of people, and now some local thugs plan to take revenge. You track down one of the kidnappers and try to force him to tell you where they are keeping him (Strength). If you pass, you find McGlen wounded, but in good spirits; retreat Doom by 1. If you fail, the police eventually find his body after what looks to have been a very violent death. Whether you pass or not, discard his Investigator token.

Loss of Sanity

McGlen tells you that Louie came to him in a dream and ask him to steal some jewelry in a museum for his new boss. After this robbery, McGlen says, he is going to join a new gang under the waves, and there is no talking him out of it. But first, he wants to cut you in on the deal, and the new boss is willing to pay big. You may spend 2 Sanity Sanity and gain a Wanted Condition to gain all of his possessions and a Promise of Power Condition. Whether you accept the offer or not, discard his Investigator token.

Team Role

With his high starting Strength, decent Will, and starting Weapon, Michael is excellent for taking out Monsters, making him a good fit for Ancient Ones like Shub-Niggurath. The ability to gain items or services from the reserve in exchange for a Wanted Condition can be useful in a pinch. Because his effect works for any deal, Dark Pacts may be less of a hindrance for him, because it is unlikely he will roll two 1's in a row.


Irish gangs were not uncommon in New England during the era of Eldritch Horror.