Dave J McWeasely
The nitty-gritty rules of guides and corruption is a muddle!
Q In which order do you resolve the Corruption and the Reveal if the Hunt tile drawn shows a positive number and a Reveal icon and the Free Peoples player choose to pick a random Companion to eliminate?
A First resolve the Corruption damage (in this case by randomly picking a Companion to eliminate), and then Reveal the Fellowship's new position.
Okay, so corrupt first, then reveal. Check.
Q Can Gollum use any of his Guide abilities immediately if the last Companion separates or is eliminated by a Hunt tile?
A No, Gollum's abilities as Guide do not apply to a Hunt tile drawn when other Companions still where left in the Fellowship.
Gollum, sneaky as he is, will not reveal himself as long as there are other Companions left and therefore cannot use his Guide ability against the same Hunt tile as a Companion did.
Errr...make that Reveal First, then corrupt!
Correllary: The guide can not use his ability unless he starts the hunt guiding the fellowship.
Q If a Companion, other than a hobbit, is the Guide and you take him as a casualty and Merry or Pippin becomes the new guide can you use the hobbit's special ability as Guide immediately?
Errr...oops, looks like in this case the guide may use his "when guiding the fellowship" ability even if he doesn't start the hunt phase guiding the fellowship!