Ok, so this will be a combined rant/seeking advice post, so I apologize in advance in this is a somewhat long tangent. I've been playing the Shadow Rune campaign as the overlord against my wife, and a good friend and his wife. So far, we are through Act 1 and are just completed our first quest of Act 2. The problem I'm encountering is that I'm beginning to "burnout" as the overlord. As you all know, a lot of rules in Descent are ambiguous and a lot of debating between myself and the heroes can take place. It's never heated, but perhaps "spirited" would be the word to describe our debates on certain rules. The problem I have is that it seems like these debates are taking place with far more regularity as the campaign moves along and more and more skills, overlord cards, abilities, shop cards, relics etc are introduced.
Me, being the overlord, have no problem conceding something in the favor of the heroes, as long as it makes the most sense in the case of a poorly written rule/card etc. The problem comes in when I try to swing something in my favor using the same logic that has been used numerous times to tilt something in the heroes favor. By their reaction, you would think I'm trying to pull a fast one, and then another argument takes place. I try to be as fair as humanly possible, but I feel like I'm constantly letting them get away with things because I don't have the patience to continue to argue about it. I've lost encounters/quests that I'm certain I should have won had it been played correctly. I play the game to have fun, and winning isn't that important to me. However, having a fair and balanced game is high on my priority list.
Part of the problem, too, is due to me being 1 person, trying to convince 3 other people that they're wrong. It's far easier for them to team up and twist things in their favor. I try to refer to the FAQ as much as possible. While the FAQ does a good job and has settled debates in the past, it doesn't cover every scenario as many of you know. I would like to stress that I still enjoy the game, but as the campaign progresses, I find myself enjoying it less and less with each quest due to all of the bickering. I keep trying to remind the heroes that it is my job as overlord to try to prevent them from completing their objectives, and that it would be awfully boring if not. I also remind them that just because something might have an unfavorable outcome for them, it doesn't mean it's not a legal move. However, as soon as I start to pull ahead, or pull of a powerful combo of attack/overlord cards, I'm immediately questioned and it's assumed that I somehow pulled off an illegal move and the game gets bogged down while everything gets scrutinized. Then, in their next turn they'll pull off some crazy combo involving a ton of skills, fatigue moves, etc and wipe out and entire monster group in one turn and I don't complain as I realize it's part of the game.
So, my question for you fellow overlord players is have you found this to be par for the course when playing as the overlord and had a similar experience as me? If so, what did you do to remedy this problem, if anything? Any help is much appreciated.