Scarlet Witch wrote:
Sorry for the diappointing initial experiences with Gates. Indeed, you're right when you say you need to manipulate the board in order to win.
UF won't change the difficulty of the core set, tho.
Possibly you could consider mixing Gates with base, so that you play with 3 museum cards (always faceup) and 3 Arkham cards (faceup during setup, then facedown). In this way you could mix the two experiences a bit and find a proper level of challenge
I do remember that the Souvenir Shop in UF does take away spending 10 trophies for an Elder Sign, so it makes it harder in that regard.