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There I was, set to start my first day as a Troubleshooter for the CDC in Atlanta. I’d been through much training and felt that, even though the fate of the world lay partially upon my shoulders, I was ready to meet the challenge.

The second I walked in to the facility, we were on full alert. The infectious malady, Red, had been released in three Asian cities: Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Manila, and had begged immediate response, all being on the verge of outbreak. I quickly checked my options and realizing that the closest I could get by taking a flight was Tehran, I booked it and set up a base of research there. I handed out a few supplies to treat a local pockets of Black, and began my journey by land to Hong Kong.

Unfortunately, before I could get to the city or anyone else from the CDC could assist in any form, a large-scale epidemic broke out in Taipei. The regional fluctuations caused outbreaks of Red in Hong Kong and Taipei again, and the chain reaction caused the global spread of Red to the point where it could no longer be controlled, and the world was beset by a cataclysmic pandemic.

Luckily, I quickly stirred from my horrible nightmare to find that my day had not even begun. It was a heinous reminder, though, of the importance of my work to come...

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That’s right; similar to this session report from indigopotter and this eerily close one from airjudden, we lost the planet to disease after a single turn. Three cubes of red were placed in three separate cities in Asia on the initial setup and after the first turn, a turn in which I was unable to actually get anywhere in Asia, I drew an Epidemic card. The epidemic also occurred in an Asian city, creating a triangle of near-outbreak red cubes in Hong Kong, Taipei, and Manila. Then I drew the first two off of the Infection deck. I’m not sure how many outbreaks would’ve resulted, because we easily ran out of red cubes.

Josh and I decided to reprise our roles as Containment Specialist and Troubleshooter, respectively. The new draw put high concentrations of blue cubes down, and with one set of three cubes even being in Atlanta, it wasn’t too hard to get them under control.

The first third of the game was spent managing black and blue cubes. We had frequent placement in Chennai, Istanbul, Saint Petersburg, and Madrid. We had a single outbreak, but otherwise managed to keep diseases contained and at bay. We could never reliably get cards to one another, but I picked up the Government Grant in a draw, so using my ability I was able to meet Josh in Istanbul by direct flight, set up a free research station, and pass him the card on his turn. He then cured black, and as I’d added two blue cards on my previous draw, I cured blue on the following turn.

As we attempted to gather red and yellow cards, we were more reactive than proactive. I’d identify specific cities to target on my turn with my Troubleshooter ability while Josh would clean up large clusters by marching through regions and using his Containment Specialist ability. Within a couple rounds, Josh had accumulated enough red cards for a cure, but in not eradicating black and blue, they continued to be a very large pain, causing a couple of small outbreaks.

Then the wait began. Yellow cards seemed few and far between. We’d both had to discard a couple early on in order to keep hands of black and blue. Now we were paying the price. We had to let a couple of yellow cities teeter on the brink of outbreak while continued to battle the large clusters of black and blue. We got down to the point where we could see the limited four cards waiting to be drawn from the Player deck, knowing full well that our last, Heroic epidemic still awaited. I had four yellow cards, and Josh had one, Johannesburg. Luckily, Josh had also drawn our final Special Event card, Commercial Travel Ban. He played it before infecting, and with this in play, we could concentrate solely on curing yellow.

Josh’s infection was a benign Delhi and I could use my power to verify that I would infect a harmless Kinshasa, assuming that I didn’t draw the Epidemic card. I removed a cube from Istanbul before heading to Johannesburg, surmising that I couldn’t count on drawing a yellow myself and hang around the research station. I didn’t draw a yellow card, but I did find the Epidemic card, but luckily with a temporary infection rate of 1, the single cube was added to a city with room to spare.

For Josh’s turn, he had to concentrate on getting me the yellow card for Johannesburg; there was no other option. The infection rate had gone back to 4, but we couldn’t worry about that unless the card transfer was assured. We did have two outbreaks to give, with a third causing annihilation, but no single city could cause more than two. Josh cleaned up a cube in Chennai before taking a direct flight to Cairo and then driving to Johannesburg. He then drew the final two cards from the Player deck, not quite implicating our demise. The four cards that came up during infection were blue (2), yellow, and red, resulting in one outbreak and avoiding the imminent demise that lay waiting in black.

I used my turn to take the card for Johannesburg, take a direct flight to Riyadh without spending the card, set up a research station, and cure yellow, thus saving the world ...on the very last card this time.

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Although I’ve never played the Containment Specialist, this was my second time playing with a team member who did. Before a disease is cured, this actually seems to work quite well, but after a disease is cured, it pales easily to the Medic.

I didn’t have a full appreciation for the Troubleshooter before I started playing. The ability to sneak a peak at the infection deck can be handy, though I imagine more so with less players. But the ability to take a direct flight without spending the card is amazing. It makes setting up remote research stations easy. By chaining a direct flight with a charter flight, you can go anywhere in the world. I should have thought of that one before my moves in the first attempt...
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Am I misunderstanding a rule? I thought that when you cured a particular disease, when more cards of that color turn up during the Infector phase you ignore them and only place cubes of the "uncured" diseases.

Have I been playing wrong?

 
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Even when a disease is cured, it can still spread!

You are thinking of eradicating a disease. Once eradicated, cards of that color have no effect.

Eradication occurs when all disease cubes of that color have been removed from the board.
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Shadowen wrote:
Even when a disease is cured, it can still spread!

You are thinking of eradicating a disease.


That's it!

OK, thinking back, I realize that we haven't been playing it wrong, we just have so few cures before we lose (and we've never eradicated a disease) that I was getting the two mixed up.

Thanks!
 
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We even had black down to two adjacent cities, but didn't take the time to clear them in an effort to "get a leg up" on small advances in red and yellow. Our dismissal of that opportunity led to many rounds of dealing with black alone.
 
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Actually, as the Troubleshooter you could have gotten to Asia -- direct flight to Tehran (or any other city in your hand) and then charter flight out of Tehran to anywhere in the world. Then you could have treated 2 cubes in one of the Asian cities. (You still would have had to guess which one, of course.)
 
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David Goldfarb wrote:
Actually, as the Troubleshooter you could have gotten to Asia -- direct flight to Tehran (or any other city in your hand) and then charter flight out of Tehran to anywhere in the world. Then you could have treated 2 cubes in one of the Asian cities. (You still would have had to guess which one, of course.)

It was something I didn't at first appreciate about the role, but I did try to make mention of this option in my last line. In this case, I had a 50/50 chance of making it past turn one; I would've needed to treat the city that came up in the infection phase.
 
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