We will let the game decide...I will run at it in 'normal' (ha! never was that word more abnormally used) and if I do ok, Ill crank it up to 11. Julia your point about making way for double the fun is excellent and had crossed my mind too.
Ok, so thematic items are out - although they only change the random draws not the fixed possessions, it is wiser to assume there might be some unforeseen conflict.
I'm a Doctor Who fan (less than 4 months to the 50th!) - so "RUN!" is a favoured tactic. Also, as a Cthulhu rpg player, running was the only way to develop your character in a positive direction...I also learned long ago that the most valuable resource in Arkham isn't clues or Elder Signs, its time. And probably the most significant skill is prioritising actions and evaluating the importance of he numerous and varied threats. So my tactic is to kill only when it is absolutely necessary and to generally ignore the Terror track unless I cant.
As for tactical devouring: I don't think I ever did it. So it will be a blooding for me...but one thing about me and games is I am not afraid to make sacrifices if I have to. I've just never *had* to in AH...