For Investigators, we had Wilson, Carolyn, Mandy, Leo, and Rita.
We were bleeding allies early on; a number of effects had us tossing them back in the box before even getting a chance to have them join us, and the terror track jumped from vortex activity. By the end of the game there were only a few allies left, and only two had been taken by Investigators. When we hit Prof Rice early on, there were pairs of clue tokens almost covering the board. I doubt we'll see the like again.
Also, more money was accumulated this game than ever before. I had to remind the fellows that in a few short years the Depression was coming and not to get too excited. Rita never lost her retainer, our deputy gained one, and Leo took a gig at the paper. I may have started with $10 as Carolyn, but I just felt like I couldn't get anywhere fast enough or had the cards to accomplish anything. Folks took pity on me and gave me enough items to feel productive, but personally I didn't accomplish much.
The best moment: WIlson sacrificed a unique item to free up an entire Mythos phase. And what did we do with that extra "time?" Did we push forward desperate to make headway against a game that insists that we fail? Did we make incredible gains knowing that the Mythos was slowed down, even a little? No, we were four women and one man and WE WENT SHOPPING. OMG THERE'S AN ESTATE SALE WHERE YOU CAN BUY TWO ITEMS! GIRLS, COME ON!!!!!!!!! Every female investigator headed straight there, no role playing or sexism on our part, honest. Well, we did note it later.
We had four gates sealed, with two people in Other Worlds and me sneaking to a third as backup when the Nightmare Pool was in full swing, and sanity tokens began piling up. We did a lot of discussion as to letting it ride itself out (Azathoth could stand jumping three Mythos cards if worst came to worst) or actively combatting it, sacrificing sanity. In the end, we decided to simply scrape some off the top every so often and since I could regain sanity that sort of became my job. One more round and we would've failed the rumor--the same round as two people were hopping out of gates and me pushing to make it in one in case they failed.
But we got it. My gate wasn't even necessary.
The Dunwich Horror was at two tokens, and we had one genuine gate burst to feel like it was all unraveling. Can't think of anything else remarkable.
We did peek at the top three Mythos cards that would've been put into play, one after the other, had we not won with a gate sealing victory, just to see what the Nightmare Pool Rumor fail would have wrought: two gate bursts and one genuine Doom Token. We actually could've handled it, but there was no way to know that.
And the funny part? I had chosen Yig for a short game. But all the trouble to set up and all, and I got to second guessing myself. I swapped him out for Azathoth and our win was at the 9th Doom Token. Almost four hours, and Yig wouldn't have been any faster--we would've been a the same spot on a different AO's Doom Track.