I'm just curious about how you other people decide which Ancient One and which investigators to play. Do you draw them all at random, or do you just pick the ones you want to play? If you do the latter, do you pick the Ancient One before or after you pick the investigators?
My friends and I are fairly new to this game, and so far we've been picking the Ancient One first. We've been starting with the ones which don't seem like the worst ones to defeat, but we're not supposed to play the same Ancient One twice until we've played one game against each of the Ancient Ones. So at the start of each session, we pick an Ancient One together. After that, each player is handed three randomly drawn investigators, and must choose one of them. All players must have decided on an investigator before the choices are revealed. I think this is a nice way to get to know the Ancient Ones and the investigators, while at the same time it gives a nice combination of random drawing and choice.
How do you usually play?