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Subject: December - When Luck + Preparation + Teamwork = Easy Win rss

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Don Tsuchiyama
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We beat December on the first try with zero funding and 15 cards left in the player deck.

I admit it, we got lucky, but I think we won because we had a sound plan and, I firmly believe that I had some amazingly smart teammates.
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First, since we had to vaccinate all the CoDa cites, we used the Immunologist. We had introduced him in November and made vaccinating the faded cities a priority above the number required to win November, correctly guessing that vaccinating all Faded cities would eventually be an objective. It paid off because we were left with only five unvaccinated cities at the start of December. Also, we had two permanent vaccine factories in the red area (our CoDa color).

Second, because the other objective was a search and we would need cards of a specific color, using the Soldier was a no-brainer. We had swapped him out for the Immunologist in November. Also, we had decided that the Soldier would go last to gain maximum benefit from previous discards.

Third, because we didn’t care about curing diseases, we knew our other priority would be to keep outbreaks under control. So the Medic was part of the team (the only character we used in every game). And because we figured mobility was key, we had to frequently get back to Atlanta to search, the Dispatcher would round out the team.

Then we got lucky. In order of play, here is what each player got as starting cards:

Medic: Red, Yellow
Dispatcher: Red, Yellow
Immunologist: Black, Yellow
Soldier: Blue, Blue

The Medic put a Bioreactor on the yellow card, discarded it, then searched using the red card (which had an equipment sticker). The Dispatcher did the same but drew the first Epidemic card and drew Madrid which had a Binoculars sticker on it.

The Immunologist put a sticker on the black card, did a search, flew to a factory, and picked up a boatload of vaccines.

The Soldier picked up the black card and two yellows and was able to advance five spots on the search track putting us halfway to our goal.

We were able to advance, with some lucky draws and the Soldier’s retrieving cards from the discard pile, two more spots on the search track while the Immunologist was able to vaccinate three cities – the cities will all in a line and the Dispatcher moved the Immunologist to the first of the cities.

Our next task was to get Madrid into the hands of the Immunologist (who now had two yellow cards). We had made sure that someone was always in Atlanta at the start of the Dispatcher’s turn so that she could easily get someone to Atlanta to do a search and so getting the Immunologist to Madrid to get the card and then move the Immunologist to Atlanta was done in one turn by the Dispatcher.

There was a problem brewing, however, we had two blue cities in Europe with three cubes each and had already suffered an outbreak in Paris. We had only six blue cubes left.

The Immunologist searched and discarded the Binoculars, moving us to space 13 on the search track. And then we, as a group made a decision.

We knew that we would not draw an Epidemic in the next seven cards so, starting with the Immunologist, each one of us did a self-sacrifice to skip the Infect Cities phase because we couldn’t get blue cubes off the board fast enough.

The strategy worked. It bought us enough time to get the Medic to Europe to do some cleanup, the Immunologist (and Dispatcher) back to Asia to complete the vaccinations of the last two cities, and the Soldier back to Atlanta where he picked up the Binoculars and discarded two black cards, along with the binoculars to end the game on the 16th turn with two Epidemic cards left in the deck.

Record: 11-4 (Lost May twice) Final Score: 800


The worst part? Our sense of loss in knowing that we were done. We all agree, we’re going to replay the game and can hardly wait for Season Two.

Thank you, Matt Leacock, Rob Daviau, and Z-Man Games for a wonderful experience!
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Robert Stewart
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Small rules nit: you don't find out who first player is until after you've chosen characters, so you can't pick for a particular character to play last.
 
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Don Tsuchiyama
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Thank you. We will note that when we replay.
 
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Matthew Barille
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We finished Dec in 10 mins. The first objective was completed on the first players turn, the second was done on the 3rd players second turn.
 
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