San Fernando Valley
On page 10 of the rulebook, it states that "Skills are usable only once per battle (unless otherwise noted)". If you take this literally, it would appear that in the encounter Something Shiny this way Cometh, where you can choose to fight back to back battles in the same encounter, you would unexhaust your skills between the battles. I am currently playing it as you recover or unexhaust dice after an encounter is completed.
I am looking for clarification and curious as to how you have played this particular encounter when it comes to exhausted dice.
This has been asked about a few times including myself. Basically, for the 2nd battle, you reset up everything again as you did for the 1st battle, all dice unexhaust, all BU plan dice removed along with active dice, board is cleared of everything. The only thing you don't get to do is a recovery phase. So you play with whatever HP you have left over from the 1st battle and whatever Gearlocks are left over. If any gearlock KO'd from the 1st battle, he/she remains KO'd for second.