Today we had an excellent team consisting of Agnes Baker, Roland Banks, Ashcan Pete and Bob Jenkins. We also started with the Old Journal, an Elder Sign, and the King in Yellow was at the bottom of the Unique Item deck, plus Agnes had True Magic. It was a good situation, and Rhan apparently agreed since his first move of the game was to open a gate at Y'ha-nthlei and wipe every clue token off the board.
He followed this up by surging a couple turns later and dumping two monsters through the Y'ha-Nthlei vortex. When Bob arrived at Devil Reef another surge brought the Spectral Hunter out to guard the Y'ha-Nthlei gate! Bob used his "sacrifice two Clue tokens to pass a Sneak check" to get by it. By the time he returned and sealed the gate, however, a Color had joined the Spectral Hunter there. The very next Mythos phase a gate opened at Devil Reef and the infamous Star Vampire emerged and scuttled straight down to Y'ha-Nthlei! Bob spent six Clue tokens escaping this group (he was able to do this because he had not only passed his Personal Story, but had gained six Clue tokens from a City of the Great Race-only encounter).
Rhan drained two Cultists during the course of the game, but Bob used his Elder Sign and completed the Sacrifices to Make Mission to removed those two Doom tokens. A Rift added the tenth Doom token and would have added the eleventh, if Roland hadn't used a spectacular Other World encounter to seal the Rift-from the other side! Rhan's final card to play was "No One Can Help You Now" on the turn Roland and Anges emerged ready to seal the sixth and seventh gates. I thought we were finished, but remarkably we were able to get a new Environment one turn before Rhan would have gotten his last doom token. So it was a skin of our teeth victory, but there was no doubt that Rhan-Tegoth was fighting hard and dirty this game-which only made our victory all the sweeter .
Such behavior is hardly unusual on the part of our AO's. Anyone else have some good stories of especially nasty tricks the game has played on you?