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Subject: Yes you saved the world, but you're still fired. rss

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Mark Thomason
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OR "How I learned to stop worrying and love the Red Fever."

The CDC was on a roll, curing diseases and preventing serious outbreaks with aplomb, led by the 5 fearless leaders of the organization: The Containment Specialist, Medic, Dispatcher, Field Operative, and Troubleshooter.

Unfortunately, public indifference to the heroic actions of the CDC team and poor support from government and the media led to the ultimate downfall of civilization.

The CDC had proven their effectiveness in the last few years, having first cured and eradicated the deadly mutating strain, and then successfully eradicated both the Black Plague and the Blue Flu... things were looking good, and though Yellow Fever was taking root in South America and Africa, the Field Operative had discovered the cure and had only to distribute it. The Red Fever was as-yet-uncured, but the Medic had done the research and needed only to meet with the Dispatcher or the Containment Specialist to pool their resources and they were certain they had the solution to the cure. Besides, the Red Fever was a minor illness only affecting two cities on the entire planet, and neither were in dire straits. Only two minor outbreaks of any disease had occurred under the CDC's watch, and things were looking up.

Despite this, just as the Medic and Containment Specialist were meeting in Tokyo to manufacture the cure, the worlds governments stepped in and decided that the CDC was no longer a worthwhile expenditure. All funding was cut off immediately, and all the work done towards curing all the worlds' worst diseases was thrown out, ensuring that the diseases of the future would expand untamed, ending civilization as we know it.

Gotta love politics.


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If it's not totally clear from the flavor text, we had cured and eradicated Black, Blue, and Purple (mutant strain) diseases and realized a touch too late that we were about 2 actions short of being able to cure Red. We had a very smart and creative team of 5 that had been very effective in solving what looked to be awful situations, and unfortunately almost all the red cards in the deck were near the bottom, or had been discarded for other uses (curing purple, traveling) very early in the game. Red was never an issue, only two cities ever got near outbreak, but no one had the 5 cards needed for a cure. Just as we were curing yellow and trying to figure out how to consolidate the red cards, we realized the deck had only 5 cards left - not enough to get one more time around to the medic, who had just drawn a third and fourth red card. If there had been one more card in the deck, we would have gotten to the medic's turn, and she could have cured the final disease, but we were cut off just moments before resolving it.

We realized too late, if we'd ignored the blue and yellow diseases and let a couple of outbreaks happen, we might have been able to use those actions to get the red cards consolidated, but even then we would have had to be prescient enough to have kept another red card from earlier in the game. The last 8 cards were 7 reds and 1 epidemic, (which was harmless) which since we used 3 reds for the purple cure, and had flown with one, we only had 2 cards in hand before the last round - which was when everyone drew the red cards into their hand, too late to use them.

I have played the game many dozens of times without the expansion, and had had about a 95% success rate with 5 epidemics, and about a 60% rate wtih 6.... so you know my friends and I have the mechanics of the game down pretty well.

But since getting the expansion I've only tried the mutant strain so far, as I've played it now about a dozen times and I've yet to defeat it with the mutant strain. Someday I might try the virulent strain or the Bio Terrorist... but not until I figure out how to tame that dang mutant! We got SOOO CLOSE this time! shake



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Jason Carter
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Nice session report! I just picked up On the Brink and have yet to give it a go, but I'm really looking forward to tackling the mutant strain!
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It's a lot of fun, but boy is it tough! The actions and cards needed to cure one more disease has a serious impact.
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The Mutant Challenge requires careful card management. It's very easy to get an unbalanced deck kill you in the end game. The Archivist is great at blunting this, as is Reexamined Research.
 
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