Don’t forget the power cords, a couple controllers, the 4K TV… you know what, it’d be easier to let Harvey and Ness have the living room.
This should be all sorts of interesting.
I have NEVER beaten Pandemic before. I’ve tried over, and over, and OVER AGAIN! Not once, have I beaten it. It’s still really fun though :3
I do play a really good field medic though.
I have actually beaten Pandemic a few times. It’s a rather tough game; you basically have near perfect gameplay in order to actually have a hope of winning.
A few tips:
Player choice is important. While having more players gives you a greater diversity in your team’s power, it also dilutes the power of some of the important roles like Medic (though some roles don’t lose as much power with more people, such as Dispatcher and Quarantine Specialist). I’ve had reasonable success with Medic, Dispatcher, and Ops Expert for three person games; our group has added a Quarantine Specialist or Researcher/Scientist to four person games.
If you’re not already doing so, come to a consensus from your entire team on what to do each turn. You will need the full output of all of your brainpower to win; don’t think of the game as one where each player does their own turns without collaboration from others.
Aim for no outbreaks. Every outbreak drastically increases the number of cities with infection cubes, all of which must be cleaned up before you can win, and since you’re limited in your turn count to win, this is a big setback. Moreover, epidemics are only able to cause outbreaks if you’ve already had an outbreak to start with (due to the mechanics of how the game handles city infections), so having even a single outbreak (that you have yet to clean up) means there’s a chance of a epidemic causing an outbreak. For this reason, clearing at least one cube from a city with three matching infection cubes as soon as possible (especially if that infection card hasn’t come up since the last epidemic; see the paragraph below) should always be a relatively high priority. Games that I’ve won have tended to have very few, if any, outbreaks (generally 0 or 1, maybe 2).
Keep a note of which cities are near the top of the infection deck. Since the discard pile is shuffled and placed on top of the deck during epidemics, the same set of cities will be getting infections between epidemics. This means that you’ll only have to worry about a fraction of your cities getting diseases, but those cities will be the ones getting infections after each epidemic. This also means that once a city gets an infection cube, it won’t get another until the infection deck’s discard is shuffled and placed on top of the deck again. On harder game modes, you’ll have fewer cities that will receive infection cubes, but they’ll receive cubes more frequently; while this makes disease outbreaks notably harder to manage, it also means having fewer cities to maintain control of.
Prioritize eradicating diseases. It’s especially useful to be able to eradicate the disease that is disproportionally represented by the infected cities (for instance, eradicating yellow first if half of the cities infected before the first epidemic are yellow). Eradicating a disease means that cities of that color will no longer spawn new infections (except for outbreaks from adjacent diseases of a different color), and this is especially powerful when that color is the most prevalent in the cards that are reused in the infection deck (see the prior paragraph). Having said that, eradicating any disease is useful, as it reduces the chance of infection cubes being placed in the future. You should expect to trade at least a few cards in order to get the required five cards of a matching color as fast as you can, and you should occasionally try to engineer turns such that the player will end their turn on a city whose card will be traded (either to them or from them) in a future turn.
Pay note to the synergies between player roles. For instance, the Medic is instrumental for eliminating infection cubes, especially for diseases whose cure has already been researched, but if the Medic is puppeted by the Dispatcher (once a disease has been cured), both the Medic and the Dispatcher can take advantage of the Medic’s ability to automatically eliminate cured diseases in cities that the Medic resides in (which effectively doubles the Medic’s usefulness in this regard). Similarly, the Ops Expert is instrumental in being able to place research facilities in strategic locations on the game board, but they’re greatly aided by the Dispatcher’s mobility (especially the “move any player to any other player’s city” ability) to get them to those strategic locations in the first place. There are other synergies (such as those between Scientist and Researcher), but synergies with Dispatcher are generally among the most powerful for a game with only a handful of players.
Pandemic is a rather challenging game; for the games of it that I’ve won, my group would typically win on the last available turn to do so. I hope the tips that I’ve given here are helpful.
I’m surprised I even gave myself the courage to read your entire comment… But thanks fo` dah tips doe! ;3
Looks like Dad is sporting a nice looking mug there.
Now we wait for christmas where ness is posed as a ornament as harvey is a skinny santa
i could volunteer as Nicole’s bf for a week so their mom doesn’t have to give the speak.
****, I could pose as Kade’s boyfriend so their parents would have something ELSE to talk about…
H-E-double-hockey-sticks is beeped out? Really?
Boyfriend ! HUH ? Missed the strip where we learn about Kade being gay ^_^”
Kade is Nicole’s -brother-.
I know it ; but reading mark Wolfe then Lycanthromancer’s comments , it seems as this last is offering himself to be Kade’s boyfriend ^^”
Haaaa xD I feel bad for Harvey and Ness x3
Nice family picture for the fourth panel
Nicole may ask to Rick as boyfriend
Happy thanksgiving too ; even if i’m lightly afraid about the next strip ^_^
Sometimes I wonder why parents egg their children to date. If she wants to be single that’s awesome. That’s one less to worry about.
As someone who’s been egged by family to date, I agree wholeheartedly.
Because of the pervasive social construct that the most important relationship in an adult’s life is their romantic partner. (Which also, in part, insures that the adult is not alone/is cared for once the parent’s have passed on, but again, that niche can be filled by platonic relationships.)
Or, you know, the parent’s just want grandkids to spoil, so they can have children in their lives again with half the work (because they’ve been parents so long they don’t know how to not).
I like Mom’s pose in the last panel. So ladylike!
I like how Nicole sits on the arm of the couch most of the time.
Classic Mom sweater!
Why does Nicole not have a boyfriend?
Kade’s and Nicole’s “Oh Crud” expressions are what sell this page.
Maybe she doesn’t want one? There’s more to life then dating.
Some how I replayed to the wrong person? Sorry XD
Nicole is so cute in the second panel. Can’t wait to see what happens next!
Dad trying to be manly and come to his kids’ house naked.
They’re naked too ; so , it doesn’t disturb them ^_^
He’s not even wearing a collar
Yeah. For him, it’s advanced nakedness.
Harvey and Ness always seem to make for the funniest comics. I like their Dad’s mug too. Reminds me of a truck I saw recently in Iowa. http://m.imgur.com/gallery/1CzewLf
their mom really looks like a librarian, nice lady
LOL. Nicole should have known better than to put Harvey and Ness downstairs without a TV and a console.
I would be Nicole’s boyfriend. Not for money. I have a crush on her. If only she were real.
Please keep your fantasies to yourself.
It would be cool if I was in it I wouldn’t mind being a possessed plush :3
I Don’t think there naked if they have fur
Hey, Tim. Is Kade throwing his head back in exasperation or is he in a post-turkey dinner food coma?
Exasperation. Dinner is next week.
Is this a foreshadowing of a story arc in which Nicole finds a boyfriend?
Maybe. Who knows? I feel like Tim won’t be so eager to change the status quo on us after the first few story arcs–at least, not in a major fashion.
I absolutely love Kade’s expression in that last panel.