My group only faced two of the three villains as we had some horrible rolls while trying to close two locations. We didn't try to game the system, but I think at the end we felt we had. We did have to churn through those locations, but we really didn't have much of an issue doing this and we had plenty of time left once the scenario did come to an end.
So in playing this past weekend, we have several people who replayed some scenarios and we noticed this inconsistency in the Guide and we didn't see any posts on it in regards to tier feats:
Tier Feats: A character gains feats on his character card
Was this discussed someplace else and we are just missing it? We weren't sure which one was correct, but I made a quick house rule that the first paragraph from page 6 sounded more like what Paizo was going for here.
The play mat for sure is one of the best. After seeing the cards that come with the miniatures, those are now a definite must have and on my list to get.
My wife also just got me a really nice dice tray that I am going to start bringing to our sessions for organize play so the dice aren't rolling around all over the cards.
I've played this scenario twice now, one with just two of us and we succeeded rather easily. Then this past weekend we had five of us, and we were far from successful. We are going to try again as a group and see if we can get everyone in our group the reward, but I have a feeling it's going to be pretty tricky to accomplish.