I'm one of those guys who likes to have all the bells and whistles. In board games, that usually translates to having and using all expansions. In Arkham Horror, this has caused some problems. There's a significant amount of extra time required to resolve the Mythos Phase, and there are a number of 'minor' rules that come up every once and a while that I end up having to flip through a bunch of rulebooks to reference. However, the more games I play the less these things seem to bother me. I suppose it's just a 'natural' course of events. Getting used to 'unpleasantness', dontcha know.
But, there is one thing that has never sat well with me and that I don't have an elegant solution for. "The Curse of the Dark Pharaoh" doesn't mesh well with the others. I believe that this is due to the inclusion of the exhibit card type. In that expansion there are a number of cards that require players to have exhibit items in order to avoid a horrible effect. Unfortunately, there is no reliable way to get exhibit items. One has to hope that one draws a card that will allow him to gain some. Since all the cards from all the expansions are mixed together the chances of drawing 'Pharoah' cards are pretty diluted. One might wind up getting an exhibit item but never having to use it for a special purpose. Or one might get a rumor that requires exhibit items and never attain any. Chances of both getting an exhibit item and having it be useful via another card are slim to none.
That second situation is a real kick to the head. There is just nothing that any player can do about it whatsoever except hope you get a lucky draw in the next few turns. I could choose to make unique items and exhibit items interchangable, but there are cards that already have distinctions between the two categories. I could just opt to negate any card that has that effect, but, like I said, I'd rather find a way to use everything.
So, after that rambling, my questions to you are:
1. Have you encountered this situation?
2. Do you have any helpful suggestions as to how to alleviate this problem without omitting cards?
Thanks in advance,