After our first play through, we ran into a lot of questions (and made some HUGE mistakes.....make sure to differentiate when move the End Game marker vs the Hourglass marker). After scouring the forums, I think I've found the answer to almost all of the questions, except...
In the Kitchen, can you pick up all of the Cheese on the counter? And if so, then at what point? Do you have to clear the room of Minions? Or just the table?
I think I know the answer to this 2nd question as I believe it's more or less explained in the rules, but I like some clarification. When Exploring the Kitchen, you do not flip an Encounter card, correct? If there is a Surge, then Brodie comes. And if there is a 2nd Surge, then only the Hourglass moves....right? Along those same lines, any time a 2nd Surge occurs in the same tile, the Hourglass moves but no Minions appear, correct?
1- You don't really get the cheese on the counter, but as a house rule we commonly grab it and split it among the mice after the tile has been cleared.
2- Right, and don't forget that Brodie is a cat and has no craving for cheese (any cheese he rolls are ignored). Once he is on the scene, he can help clear out roaches. The real threat in this game is the minion wheel.