When an encounter card with the surge keyword is revealed during the staging step of the quest phase or in setup, reveal 1 additional card from the encounter deck. Resolve the surge keyword immediately after resolving any when revealed effects on the card.
If an encounter card with the doomed keyword is revealed during the staging step of the quest phase or in setup, each player must raise his threat level by the specified value.
Investigate is a new keyword the represents the heroes' efforts to solve the crime. When an active location with the Investigage keyword is explored, the first player shuffles the Investigation deck and looks at the top X cards. Then, he placed those cards back on top of the Investigation deck in the same order.
While the players are at stage 2B, the Investigate keyword on the active location is resolved before the second Forced effect on that stage.
Begin the game by following the Setup instructions on stage 1A. When the players are instructed to "build the investigation deck," do the following: take the 4: Take the 4 remaining Suspect enemies and the 4 remaining Hideout locations, plus each copy of Taken By Surprise, and shuffle them together without looking at them. This is the Investigation deck.
The players are not allowed to look at cards in the Investigation deck except when resolving the Investigation keyword or instructed by a card effect.
The Investigation List has the name of all 5 Suspect enemies and all 5 Hideout locations. During the game, players should check enemies and locations off of their Investigation list in order to help them determine the correct Suspect and Hideout by process of elimination.
In order to advance from stage 2B to 3A, the players must "make an accusation." To make the accusation, the first player names 1 Suspect and 1 Hideout. Then, he reveals the facedown, out of play Suspect and Hideout cards and adds them to the staging area.
If the revealed Suspect and Hideout are the same as those named by the first player, the accusation is correct and the players have successfully identified the killer and the outlaw's secret hideout.
If the out of play cards are not the same as the ones named by the first player, then the accusation is not correct, and the heroes have embroiled themselves in a deeper plot by pursuing the wrong the wrong Suspect or investigating the wrong Hideout. If the accusation is not correct, search the Investigation deck for each just named card that is not already in play and add it to the staging area. Then, raise each player's threat by 3.
To play normal mode, just follow the setup instructions on the quest card.
When you play normal mode (or easy mode of course) and if you're new to the game, you can also play the "Basic Game" defined in the core set rules:
Newer players or players who want a more basic experience can play and enjoy the game by not dealing shadow cards during the combat phase. This eliminates an element of surprise that could make the game too challenging for a beginner. Once players are comfortable with this experience, they can then add the shadow effects to make combat less predictable and more exciting.