We played two games of pandemic tonight, the first game was a complete mess.
My wife was the dispatcher and I was the operations expert, we had a plan to get rid of all the diseases but plans don't always go according to what we talked about.
After 2 epidemics we ended the game with 8 outbreaks!
The 1st game went so quick we decided to play a 2nd game.
The 2nd game was set up with my wife playing the same person, the dispatcher, while I had someone new, the reseacher.
After the board was set up we discussed the situation and came up with a plan!
The diseases were spread out so there was not much threat of an early outbreak.
We went our seperate way and she started to clear the blue disease (close to the starting location) while I went to the red disease, which was spreading through Asia.
At this time she had four black cards and I had 1, She flew me over to the city she was in and on my turn I passed her the black card she needed.
We had cured the black disease.
At this moment we had the 2nd epidemic, it was not that bad as it was in Johannesburg (not many cubes next to it). She had 3 yellow cards to my 2, so we stayed close together and I passed the yellow cards to her.
She cured the yellow disease the next turn.
Two disease colours were left and the citys that were being infected were the places that we had already cured the disease for.
We concentrated on those places while drawing the cards we needed to cure the red and blue disease.
After two more turns of meeting up (once for me meeting her in Beijing, although we didn't get rid of the pollution, I gave her a vital red card.)She also gave me a blue card that I needed to cure the blue disease.
She cured the red disease on her following turns and we won the game with 3 Epidemics occuring and only 2 Outbreaks.
The best game we have played and won concerning outbreaks and probably the best game we have both played of this game.
I played my 1st game with my wife with the exactly same roles like you. We have tried for almost 5 games to fiqure out the "best strategy" for this game. We eliminated the cubes at first but we found out that the cures are much important.
Hope you enjoy this game with more friends.