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Here continues the tale of Earth 2017. Disease is spreading across the planet at a rapid rate.

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Date - December 9th, 2017

Diary Entry - Geena the Generalist

Log Entry


As 2017 entered its final dawn I thought my chance to return to the team had disappeared. I had felt the pain of France's blow only months before and I cheered the news that cities were being brought back from the brink of utter chaos as Vaccinations begun to occur.

I was only given a few days’ notice and it was a total shock when Mike, the Medic I had worked with an age ago, called to say that I needed to suit up. Sarah, the team's chief Field Scientist was cooked. She had exerted herself to sheer exhaustion in saving the day in November. Mike had assessed the skills sets of those on call and in the end he wanted my quick actions on deck. I quickly grabbed my travel bag and was on a flight to Atlanta.

Our briefing was a simple affair. Cures no longer mattered that much. A tip off had been received and a stockpile of CoDA Virus and other agents had been arrogantly stashed somewhere in our Atlanta CDC facility. The nerve of Zodiac to do that!

Our mission was straight forward but anything but easy. We were to strip every panel and every wall sheet of the Atlanta Research Station apart until we found the stockpile. Until it was destroyed Zodiac still held all the cards. The secondary goal of Vaccinating the remaining 14 cities suffering under CoDA was a secondary consideration at this stage.

Having started in Atlanta, we were able to find a few clues early on and make a good start to our searching efforts. The factories were soon pumping out Vaccine and we were doing a good job of managing virus locations and Quarantining the odd city of concern. In short time we had made 4-5 important strides forward in our searching efforts but soon it became apparent that the timing of our searches was as important as the ferocity.

By mid-operation we were at something of an impasse. Leads on where the stockpile might be located had dried up and we felt further away than ever. The clock was always ticking...we were only too aware and several members had to bide their time to aid the search effort. They made the most of this time to Vaccinate several cities including Essen and Saint Petersburg. It was clear that CoDA was a shadow of its former self, thanks largely to the Vaccination efforts of November.

Funding measures and equipment were a powerful combination and despite several Epidemics, we felt we were formulating a great plan. Finally Veronica was able to enter Atlanta once again and she lead a small team into the western wing and tore it apart advancing our search into 3 important sections. That opened the way for me to do my part and whilst I wanted to use some Binoculars to aid our cause, I was unable to do so but still managed to rule out the loading dock area. That left Quinn to be the hero. She had a hunch that no one would think to look into the technical back-up facility and she made use of the substantial info at her disposal to open up a server-cage cover to find that it was in fact a hollow casing. Inside was rack upon rack of vials and chemical storage containers. A flashlight illuminating the silver letters we were looking for - CoDA Batch 56c.

Quinn sent the word via our wrist comms that Zodiac were defeated and we then turned our attention to the final objective...to free the world of the last traces of CoDA.

Ivan was in possession of a massive dose of Vaccine and headed for Africa. We wanted to take care of that continent as quickly as possible. Time was against him but he managed to quickly inoculate Lagos and Kinshasa. There was still a military base down there but we didn't have the right tools to deal with it and that slowed down our efforts.

Veronica had flown to Hong Kong and was making her way to Chennai. An Airlift later helped her enter Mumbai, an area she would otherwise not have reached and the Indian city and Chennai soon joined the list of liberated locations. But our moment of brilliance was still to come. Quinn found a way to get onto a plane to Johannesburg and her efforts to Vaccine that city bough Ivan the time he needed. Using a Flexible Aid Package he made a huge effort to enter Khartoum and then Cairo, freeing both Fallen cities of their dark recent, past.

Africa had the green light at long last...despite that one Zodiac Base still standing. We had done well but the records will show that we still failed this mission as time quickly ran out.

But today I learned something. I learned that sometimes a loss can still feel like a victory. The world only knows 4 final outposts where CoDA still rears its head. The cities of Kolkata, Riyadh, Moscow and City Zero itself...Karachi! We have less than 2 weeks to complete the route. We have no doubt that we will be victorious, it is but a matter of time.

I hope to be there in that final hour...in that moment when the world can look to a fresh beginning.

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Mission Diagnostics

Session Time - 55 Minutes

Outcome - Failure - Out of Time

Pandemic Team

Veronica the Virologist

Geena the Generalist

Quinn the Quarantine Expert

Ivan the Immunologist

Final Infection Rate - 4

# of Outbreaks - 0

Cards Remaining - 0


Funding Provided - Airlift + Local Initiative + Borrowed Time + Resilient Population + Flexible Aid Package + Forecast + Remote Treatment

City Status -

Nuked Cities - Paris

Fallen Cities - Kolkata + Cairo + Mumbai + Khartoum + Paris

Collapsing Cities - Bangkok + Moscow

Total Rioting Cities - Chennai, Sydney, Khartoum, Lagos, Essen, Baghdad, Chicago, Karachi + Tehran (Level 3), Riyadh, Sao Paulo, Delhi, Lagos, Jakarta, Los Angeles + Kinshasha (Level 2)

Total Unstable Cities - Madrid, Jakarta, Beijing, Bangkok, Bogota, Milan, Johannesburg, Kinshasa, Manila, Atlanta, Baghdad, Miami, Sydney, Osaka, Ho Chi Minh, Washington + London

Faded Cities - Moscow, Karachi, Kolkata + Riyadh

Vaccinated Cities - Ho Chi Minh City, Algiers, Manila, Madrid, Hong Kong, Delhi, Bangkok, Jakarta, New York, London, Istanbul, Milan, Baghdad, Sao Paolo, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Bogota, Lima, Tehran + Los Angeles, Lagos, Essen, St Petersburg, Kinshasa, Mumbai, Paris, Johanessburg, Chennai, Khartoum, Cairo

Scars - None

Cures Found - None

Upgrades

x2 Parachutes

Character Bios

Geena the Generalist - Pilot Upgrade

Successful Deployments - 2

Failures - 1

Mike the Medic - Local Connections Upgrade, Brother of Otis the Operations Expert

Successful Deployments - 7

Failures - 4

Scars - PTSD



Sarah the Scientist - Co-Worker of Quinn the Quarantine Specialist and Colin the Colonel, Archive Access Upgrade and Formidable Upgrade

Successful Deployments - 9

Failures - 9

Scars - Regretful + Monophobic



Quinn the Quarantine Specialist - Co-worker of Sarah the Scientist, Family Member of Sam, Local Pressure Upgrade, Determined Upgrade

Successful Deployments - 8

Failures - 10

Scars - Intimidated, Paranoid



Rachael the Researcher -

Successful Deployments - 1



Otis the Operations Expert - Brother of Mike the Medic

Successful Deployments - 2

Failures - 1

Scars - Fear of Small Planes



Colin the Colonel - Co-worker of Sarah the Scientist

Successful Deployments - 2

Failures - 2

Scars - Overcautious, Panicky



Sam the Soldier (MIA) - Family Member of Quinn, Rival of Veronica the Virologist

Successful Deployments - 2

Failures - 4

Scars - Overcautious + Demoralised



Veronica the Virologist - Rival of Sam the Soldier + Friends with Ivan the Immunologist, Hacker Upgrade

Successful Deployments - 2

Failures - 6

Scars - Hobbled



Ivan the Immunologist - Friends with Veronica the Virologist, Flexible (Character Upgrade)

Successful Deployments - 1

Failures - 3

Scars - None

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One advantage of C0dA having claimed over 70% of the map is that almost 2/3 of the infection deck is now blank for you.

Late December should be a formality at this point...
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Vacccinated cities revert to their normal color, so the only Cities that are effectively blank are the vaccinated Black cities.

I'm confused by your end-game upgrades...Unless I'm mistaken, the Equipment end-game upgrade gives you 3 equipment cards, not just 1...so it looks like you only took 1 upgrade, and even then you didn't take the full upgrade.
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Theorel wrote:
Vacccinated cities revert to their normal color, so the only Cities that are effectively blank are the vaccinated Black cities.

I'm confused by your end-game upgrades...Unless I'm mistaken, the Equipment end-game upgrade gives you 3 equipment cards, not just 1...so it looks like you only took 1 upgrade, and even then you didn't take the full upgrade.


I'm pretty sure there's nothing that says that vaccinated cities revert to their original colour - the rules for faded cities say that once a faded figure is added to a city, that city produces faded figures instead of disease cubes when drawn from the infection deck, and the rules for vaccinated cities say that faded figures cannot be added to vaccinated cities.

If you vaccinate a non-faded city, then, sure, it'll continue producing cubes of its original disease, but a vaccinated, faded city is still a faded city, so shouldn't produce cubes.

And, yeah, I noticed the equipment thing in a previous month's write-up. I think it's probably legal to only partially use the upgrade, so it's not an illegal move, just a strategically questionable one...
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rmsgrey wrote:
[q="Theorel"]And, yeah, I noticed the equipment thing in a previous month's write-up. I think it's probably legal to only partially use the upgrade, so it's not an illegal move, just a strategically questionable one...


Or indeed a rules oversight. shake

On the Vaccinated Cities question - I found it in the rules that no cubes are added to Vaccinated Cities.
 
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We've gotten this far. Tell us how it ends!!!

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Kevin Youells wrote:
We've gotten this far. Tell us how it ends!!!

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Hey Kevin,

Yes indeed I will. I have it written up and just need to edit and format it.

It's my birthday today so I have a full weekend of gaming ahead of me. But I will get this up in the next week or so.

Thanks for reading and...well...caring.
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Happy birthday! Enjoy the friends and games.
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