We play with a four character team and always try to win by sealing six gates, so there are a number of AO's that I figured our group would never beat in combat. Y'golonac was definitely placed among that group.
We've actually had pretty good luck against Y'golonac, defeating him through six seals in all three of his previous appearances. This time, though, a straight six gate openings at the beginning plus one "A gate and a monster appears!" encounter had us facing off against the AO on the seventh turn. I was especially disappointed, since we'd been lucky enough to draw a dream team: Mandy Thompson, Joe Diamond, Marie Lambeau and Wendy Adams. All four of them had five or more clues and were in the other worlds when Y'golonac awakend,
My initial hope was just to last long enough to see one of Y'golonac's Sinister Plots come into play. But Marie Lambeau took off three Doom tokens in one round with her Clues (and one with her Witch Blood!), enchanted knife and Shrivelling, and I started to nurture a little hope.
The real key to turned out to be the shotgun which Wendy had gotten as starting equipment. First round Mandy used it along with all of her clues and her reroll power. The second turn Joe Diamond did the same, adding his Marksman skill to get some more sixes from the initial roll before Mandy used her power. We got an interesting Sinister Plot on the second round, but it made no real difference. By the end of the third round we'd all be dead (Marie had perished at the end of round two, the price of having cast the Shrivelling twice), but Wendy had the shotgun, five clues and Mandy's reroll. We needed seven successes, and out of her six dice Wendy got two sixes and two fives! We used Mandy's reroll and both dice came up successes! Victory, in a final battle against Y'golonac!
So does anyone have any similar tales to relate?