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Subject: December strategy tips from those who've finished (SPOILERS) rss

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Mellina Huitema
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Hi everyone,

With nothing left to spoil would anyone be kind enough to share how you managed to win December? What characters did you use? What tactics did you employ?

I realize it's a tough one to answer because everyone's board/characters/etc. look so different, but I'd like to see if I can suss some general ideas out.

We are 3 players and will probably be the Medic, Quarantine Specialist and Immunologist (we have some sweet upgrades on the Medic & QS plus they can probably control disease the easiest if we're not focussed on curing). No helpful relationships among them really, other than Friends.

If it would really be most beneficial I might be able to convince my boyfriend to play as a 4th and I'm thinking the Dispatcher might make sense to add. I figure he could mostly stay in or around Atlanta so the other characters can go out to the field to treat/quarantine and he could bring them back easily. Good idea or not? Does adding more players just make searching more difficult?

We really want to win!

Thanks.
 
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Clive Jones

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We used Soldier, Medic (Local Connections), Researcher (Pilot), Operations Expert, with the Researcher and Operations Expert as Co-Workers.

Soldier sat in Atlanta searching, repeatedly using Binoculars once they hit the discard pile. Medic kept the other diseases under control. Researcher and Operations Expert mopped up the remaining vaccinations, occasionally popping back to Atlanta a couple of times when the Soldier didn't have the right cards.

I seem to recall we were fairly flexible in how we played it. Our Operations Expert did one of the searches because it was easier than getting the cards to the Soldier (and the Researcher could pass them any card at any time). The OE's second ability made it trivial for them to get to anywhere on the board from a vaccine factory. The Researcher's Pilot ability meant they could either get from anywhere to anywhere for one card and two actions, or conserve cards. As well as recycling Binoculars, once or twice the Soldier recovered an equipment card because it was the correct colour to use for a search.

Of course, life becomes steadily easier as city after city is vaccinated.

We won our first December game. My records indicate we even found time to eradicate the red disease while we were at it. (-8
 
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Robert Stewart
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We were 4 player, with fewer than 10 Faded cities left to vaccinate. We played Immunologist, Soldier, Researcher (to move some cards around turn 1) and probably the Quarantine Specialist. Soldier gets to use and abuse Binoculars to power through the search, Immunologist gets to vaccinate intensively, and the other characters pitch in where they can - whether using their drawn cards for the search, grabbing some vaccine and clearing some more Faded cities, or keeping the other diseases from getting out of hand.

Oh, and getting lucky with the draw and having already vaccinated cities come out of the infection deck helps too
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Mellina Huitema
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Oooh, our Soldier was the one who betrayed us and had to be destroyed. That would have been a good one if we'd had it available. Unfortunately we lost our first December game. The outbreaks just got the better of us while we were trying to vaccinate and search. The thing that sucked was our second game was almost pointless, we had found the stockpile and only had a small number of cities left to vaccinate. Oh well. Mourning the loss of this game in my life.
 
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Dylan Thurston
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Since you don't have to cure diseases, you have a LOT more flexibility in how you use the cards. We used that a lot.

Delay your searches: you can complete as many steps as you have cards for, so you might as well wait until you have a whole sequence lined up (until you reach your hand limit).

We were in a good position, with only 4 or so cities left to vaccinate, and it ended up being not too difficult.
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Clive Jones

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Agreed. Though search, retrieve binoculars, search retrieve binoculars for four actions can easily make sense compared with double-search, retrieve binoculars for the Soldier.

Even though you're not trying to cure diseases, cards are still a more limited resource than actions for that search.
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Robert Stewart
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clivej wrote:
Agreed. Though search, retrieve binoculars, search retrieve binoculars for four actions can easily make sense compared with double-search, retrieve binoculars for the Soldier.

Even though you're not trying to cure diseases, cards are still a more limited resource than actions for that search.


For that particular search, it depends a lot on how the cards line up - you want to be able to use Binoculars to cross gaps, so ideally you'd have 2 (or 4) consecutive spaces where you can't Search with your current hand with spaces you can on either side.
 
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Ronald Tin
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We won December in the first try because we started early and we got lucky.

We unlocked box 7 in the first game of October but lost the game (forgot if it was due to outbreak or running out of cubes)

As it is rather obvious we had to vaccinate all cities, we began vaccinating cities in the second game of October. By December we had only 3 or 4 left.

And it was lucky that the binoculars were not at the bottom of the deck.

I forgot which characters we chose. Probably Quarantine specialist, Medic, Dispatcher and someone with a useful relationship.
 
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Beecher Greenman
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Focus on one of the two objectives right off the bat: doing the final Search if the initial draw is favorable, or vaccinating any remaining cities if it isn't. The final Search is easier than it looks, so it is entirely possible that even if you wind up focusing on vaccination, you may be able to finish the search anyway. But it is imperative that you finish at least one of the two objectives during your first game, so that if you need to play the second game at all, you have only one objective left to complete.
 
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Robert Stewart
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TheSpooniest wrote:
Focus on one of the two objectives right off the bat: doing the final Search if the initial draw is favorable, or vaccinating any remaining cities if it isn't. The final Search is easier than it looks, so it is entirely possible that even if you wind up focusing on vaccination, you may be able to finish the search anyway. But it is imperative that you finish at least one of the two objectives during your first game, so that if you need to play the second game at all, you have only one objective left to complete.


Not quite - you will want to spend one game focused on the search track, but you can afford to divert some resources to vaccination without messing up the search.

While the search has to be completed in a single game or all progress is lost, any vaccination progress carries over (though bad outbreaks can spread C0dA to new cities as fast as you vaccinate old ones if you're not careful) so it's practical to split the vaccination over multiple games.
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Beecher Greenman
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This is true, but if you're focusing on the search, vaccinations should generally be an as-opportunity-arises thing until the search is finished. If you were out by Faded territory anyway (to stave off outbreaks, for example, or because C0dA happened to be blue), then you can ping one or two cities on your way back to Atlanta. And, of course, all bets are off once the search is finished.
 
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