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March 30th, 2013
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Pandemic Narrowly Averted
Introduced a friend to Pandemic for Table Top Day. Almost lost the game by two of four widespread infections: four epidemic cards, five outbreaks, three chain reactions, and reached a cure for all four with no time to spare.

Considering a hard variant of the game where one has to clear the board after solving all four cures. Might not add anything but a few turns of cleaning up with no real chance of losing so will consider options.

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From:alchemist
Date:March 31st, 2013 02:09 pm (UTC)
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No, there is still the chance of losing by running out of cards in the draw deck. Frankly, that's what usually kills us.
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From:badger
Date:March 31st, 2013 02:16 pm (UTC)
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Oh, that's right: I haven't played more than a few games of Pandemic. Thanks. Seriously, we were two cubes short of running out of black and three short of running out of yellow and were at infection rate 3, so two black city cards, three orange city cards, or any outbreak in the infection phase would have finished the game for us. This game's strategy rested on getting the Scientist to a research station and letting her stay there, ferrying her cards so she could develop the four cures in four successive turns.
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From:alchemist
Date:March 31st, 2013 03:02 pm (UTC)
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Indeed. That's a common enough scenario with the Scientist. Having the Dispatcher in the game is useful in that case.

We generally play with On The Brink, with the Mutation strain. Much more challenging. Sadly, noone I play with wants to use the Bio-Terrorist variant, which I think might be particularly challenging.
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From:badger
Date:March 31st, 2013 03:10 pm (UTC)
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We have On the Brink but haven't tried it yet, would love to.
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