In a recent game, I encountered and defeated a henchman at the Swallowtail Festival location. The location card reads:
Defeat or acquire the next card in the deck. If there isn't one, you may close this location automatically.
When I revealed the next card, it was the villain. What should I do in this scenario?
- Treat it as a villain. All other players may temporarily close locations, then I encounter the villain. If successful, the villain flees to another open location or I win, as appropriate. The location is (double!) closed.
- Treat it as just another monster. I encounter the villain. If I succeed, the location is closed because I completed its requirement, but the villain does not flee. Because the location contains the villain, the location actually remains open and all non-villain cards are banished.
I ruled it as the second option in play, but in hindsight, the first one seems increasingly plausible, though I'm still not convinced which is right.