Dj, thanks for feedback! I fully agree with Julia's ruling on MS problem. I have the same understanding on how this is supposed to work. But I think that every case is different and sometimes I would rather stick to the rules and my own interpretation and thematic judgement rather than following advices of even most experienced of players. For example, my question about Find Gate Spell being cast without an approptiate gate - almost everyone ssems to agree on one pov, but I am not convinced and, with all due respect to the experience of these players, I decided to follow my rules and my team agreed with me.
Long story short - I am always ready to follow a good advise, but sometimes I am too stubborn to do it
Gwen, nice to see a newcomer just like me! The best advise for a novice - read the Rule Book and FAQ after each of your 5 first games. Every time you do it you will find something new Also, look through some tutorial videos on youtube.
Check the files section at BGG here to download short rules or flowcharts to help you out during the game.
You can also read some of the newby mistakes here.
Also, choose easy AO for your first games - like Azathoth.