Justin, Halen, and Evan played the 2nd game set in June and the 1st game set in July on November 19th, 2016. Justin played using a military unit with the ability to get rid of faded figures. After losing the quarantine expert last game, Justin’s military unit was necessary slow down the spread of the disease with quarantines and removing faded figures with his special ability. Justin took care of this untreatable problem while Halen as the dispatcher and Evan as the medic dealt with the other diseases. Halen had the ability to use cards for travel without having to discard them which was very useful. She also had a relationship with the military unit played by Justin which gave an advantage for sharing information and finding cures more easily. Evan’s doctor was able to predict the spread of diseases and treat disease outbreaks more easily.
Unfortunately, the game set in June ended in a loss because there were too many outbreaks in a short time between cities with faded figures. The players were focused on finding a cure and let the faded figures get out of control quickly. The one good point of the June loss was the addition of another military base which allowed the players to move around the globe more easily.
June was a loss, but the players were able to get a win in July the first time around. There was a new option to search for another strong character as another objective, but the players just focused on curing 3 diseases (mandatory for a win) and the quarantine objective. Three objectives were needed to win, but one of those was having 1 military base in each of the 6 areas. That was already complete from the beginning and was one less thing to think about. The strategy was effective this time around. Nothing got out of control. Another research center was also added to give more options for curing diseases and more starting positions for the beginning of a game.
The 3 completed objectives were eradicate at least 1 disease (yellow eradicated by the medic), have a military base in each of the 6 major regions of the world (already complete, actually have 7), and discover cures to the 3 normal diseases (mandatory objective). We didn’t complete the search, but that may be possible in a future game.
Justin was able to keep the faded figures in check and share information with Halen with their characters’ special relationship. Evan was mostly just playing clean up. The 2 upgrades the players chose were keeping the research center (after losing Atlanta and having 1 in the middle of the faded figure area not really accessible for most players). Justin’s character also gained 2 upgrades in the 2 games. He got Local Pressure and Paramilitary Escort upgrades shown in the picture below. Both make dealing with faded figures more possible.