In Betrayal at House On the Hill, we had a player who died while having custody of the Madman. The Madman omen card states that it can't be "dropped, traded, or stolen", which are actions you can do with items. Companions, however, are not regarded as items, and players have "custody" of them. Usually, when a player dies, items in their possession get dropped in that room.

So what happens when a dead player loses custody of the Madman/Girl/Dog through death? Do they stay in the room, waiting for another player to gain custody, do they go back into the omen deck, or are they removed from the game entirely?

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Page 12 of the rules book (you can download a copy from WotC here) says that those companions remain in the room and are picked up whenever another explorer enters that room (this appears to be mandatory, whereas it is optional for explorers to pick up dropped items).

  • That makes sense. Commented Aug 29, 2014 at 13:29
  • @generalcrispy - one hopes that all the rules of a game make sense in terms of flavor and mechanics! ;)
    – Hao Ye
    Commented Aug 29, 2014 at 21:46
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    For BatHotH 2nd edition, this rule is on page 19 instead of page 12.
    – mbocek
    Commented Oct 26, 2015 at 7:35

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