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Haunt 17 in the Secrets of Survival book states:

When you have placed a number of Candle tokens equal to the number of heroes when the haunt was revealed, you exorcise the Poltergeist.

Does "number of heroes when the haunt was revealed" include the traitor? If the game began with 3 players, will the heroes need to place 2 or 3 Candle tokens?

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    @TheChaz2.0 My interpretation is that it's meant to distinguish between the number alive when the haunt was revealed versus the number alive when the Candle tokens are placed (you can't place one Candle token, wait for all but one hero to die, then claim victory). – Acccumulation Jul 17 '18 at 17:22
  • Cool. I wasn't sure of the terminology. No sense in leaving the unhelpful comment! – The Chaz 2.0 Jul 17 '18 at 21:40
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When the haunt was revealed, one player becomes a traitor (or in some scenarios, is removed entirely), and the rest become heroes.

Do the following at the start of the haunt:

  • The traitor takes the Traitor’s Tome and leaves the room. The traitor reads only the haunt that is starting now.

  • The rest of the players become heroes. They look up the haunt with the same number in Secrets of Survival and read it together. (The heroes should also talk briefly about their plan for survival.)

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So if the game started with three players, two of them become heroes. There weren't any heroes before that.

"The number of heroes when the haunt was revealed" is used instead of "the number of heroes" to avoid having the goal become easier as heroes are eliminated.

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