From the rules :

Suzy Lafayette (4 life points): as soon as she has no cards in her hand, she draws a card from the draw pile.

So it looks like a recipe to have Suzy performs a suite :
draw card/play card => has 0 card in hand
draw card/play card => has 0 card in hand
draw card again ...

Doesn t it hurt the gameplay ?

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It doesn't hurt the gameplay. It's a decent special ability, but not overpowered. Here are situations that discourage or prevent action chaining:

  • She can't play more than one Bang! card per turn (unless she has a Volcanic),
  • Dueling is dangerous when she holds no other cards,
  • Mancatos are not playable unless someone is shooting at her (so not on her turn),
  • Emporio, Dligenza, and Wells Fargo result in card draw, so do not trigger her ability,
  • She probably would not play a gun that is a downgrade.

Situationally, she might also not want to use a Gatling or Indians if it might kill a teammate, or a Beer if she and her teammates are at full life, or a Panico if seated next to teammates.

While I don't see it explicitly in the rules, my group has always played that you can't play a duplicate card. The rules do say

There is no limit on the cards you can have in front of you provided that they do not share the same name.

so there is no reason to think she could play a Barrel, Mustang, or Scope if she already has one. For weapons, the rules say

If you want to play a new weapon when you already have one, you must discard the one you already have.

which leaves a bit of ambiguity about whether Suzy could discard a Remington to play a new Remington. (Is it a new gun if it's the same as the old gun? My group says "no".)

Suzy with a Volcanic is a dangerous combination, but she is by no means overpowered. Calamity Janet and Slab the Killer are also particularly scary with a Volcanic.

  • With the wild west show card Showdown in play and Suzy with a volcanic it becomes a very fast game. :)
    – Joe W
    Dec 19, 2017 at 21:56
  • Yeah, that seems too much! I haven't played the expansion, but reading reviews the consensus seems to be "lots of flavor, bad balance". I guess that's an extreme example of bad balance! Dec 21, 2017 at 20:17
  • Maybe but you should also remember that you have to have suzy, a volcanic, showdown and hope that you have range at least on the people sitting next to you in order to pull it off. A mustang on either side could put an end to it pretty fast.
    – Joe W
    Dec 21, 2017 at 20:20

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