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Garry Rice
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My wife and I played it for the first time tonight and got utterly crushed...of course, jumping right in with BOTH the mutation challenge and the virulent strain along with 5 epidemics might not have been the smartest thing to do, but I really wanted to try every cooperative aspect of the expansion out...We managed two cures before purple ran out. We wound up with the Medic and the troubleshooter and had some problems moving around even after we got research stations established.
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Martin Jackson
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Thanks for the read.

I've just got hold of On the Brink, and have played twice, both 2-player:

The first we used the Virulent Strain epidemics (5 of them), and found it fairly easy to win. We were the generalist and the containment specialist, but switched roles via the new assignment event, to become epidemiologist and researcher - I found this a really annoying combination for 2-player, because it almost makes one of the roles redundant.

The second we used normal epidemics (again, 5), and tackled the mutation. This time we were troubleshooter and field operative (both very strong roles in my opinion), but we got nailed. I think we'd managed to cure 3 diseases by the time the player cards ran out.

Edit: I'm also dismayed that the bits don't quite fit into the base Pandemic box. I can't bring myself to not use the petri dishes though, they're just too good...
 
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Lauren Stein
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Anjohl wrote:
Storage is not going to be fun, a part of me is tempted to forgo using the AWESOME Petri dishes, since removing them would likely allow for full storage in the base game box, after storing the bulkier pawns in the expansion box.



I kept the Petri dishes and was able to fit everything into the base game box, although it took a bit of rearranging. I only keep a few sheets of the bioterrorist pad in the box (at the very bottom, since we haven't yet played with it), followed by the board and instructions. I then took all of the cards and divided them into bags -- the infection deck and player deck are divided into three bags each, and then additional bags for roles, special events, epidemic, all the new OTB cards, etc. If you spread out the cards evenly on top of the board, you can fit the petri dishes on top. Definitely not the most elegant solution, but it can be handy to have the cards all organized.
 
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Don Barree
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You don't say in your report how many epidemics you used but when we play with two we always use six of them. We use to win about 20% of the time before On the Brink. With the virulent strain cards we are currently 0-16. We have cured three of the four epidemics only 3 times since adding the expansion and only came close to winning once when we had the fourth cure but couldn't get to a research station in time. The expansion is definitely harder than the original and it becomes quite apparent when using six epidemics.
 
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