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Location Location icon  South Plaza
Type Rescue Survivors
Survivor(s) Dead rising john John Boog
Dead rising kevin Kevin Meyers
Dead rising curtis Curtis Ellenton
Dead rising brian (Dead Rising 2) Brian Scherbey
Starts Time icon  Day 1, Sept. 25 3:30 pm[1]
Expires Time icon   Day 2, Sept. 26 2 am[1]
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Goal icon
Escort the four survivors back to the safe house.

Brains Over Brawn is a Dead Rising 2 mission in South Plaza involving four nerdy survivors. The message screen for this mission states:

GOAL: Investigate the Nerds
Destination: South Plaza
A group of young men are playing board games in a store in South Plaza.

When Chuck meets these survivors they are busy playing a board game and don't care about the outbreak. If Chuck has a female in his party, they will immediately join. Otherwise Chuck must speak to the groups leader John Boog a lot to convince them to join.

Tape it or die[]

Gretchen Peregrine stumbled upon these four and posted her negative impressions on the Tape It Or Die blog:

I May be a Horrible Person for Posting This, But...
Dead rising gretchen
I said a while back that I was offering an invitation to any and all survivors to stay in our studio.

I am officially rescinding that offer to these individuals:

Dead rising 2 Brains Over Brawn

I came across these children whilst I was walking through the South Plaza, hoping to find any stragglers coming from the Fortune City Arena.

There they were, huddled around a cloth map with small mountains scribbled in what I can only imagine was permanent marker. They were bunkered within the remains of a construction zone, a veritable cornucopia of disgusting, sugar-laden food within easy reach. As I made my way over to them, originally hoping to coax them into our safe space, I could hear them arguing with each other. At first, I thought they may have been debating escape plans, but no.

"You can't roll after losing your boots! What are you going to walk in?"

"The quicksand only took my left boot. I still have the right one."

"In that case, he should be able to go at half-step. Divide your roll by two!"

"Stop making up rules!"

I waited in the shadows for minutes, hoping to enter into the conversation at a free moment. However, this argument - and I don't mean a similar argument, I mean the same one, about his shoes - went on for a full 15 minutes.

Now, I think it fair to mention their attire. I know it may seem wrong to be judgmental on such a superficial thing, but when one of them was wearing a mad scientist costume, and another was wearing a bonnet and poodle-skirt, I think the issue is a bit more than superficial. Gentlemen, if you don't want to be seen as a societal outcast, you best not dress the part.

In any event, I was becoming less and less enamored with my potential rescuees, so I decided to leave. Just my luck, I accidentally knocked over a piece of rebar. Of course, that caught their attention.

"A girl."

"No way!"


"Maybe she's come to make sweet love to us!"

I kid you not, this is what they said. In a moment of stupidity, I offered them shelter in our safehouse. The children used that as an opportunity to make crass and, quite frankly, awkward innuendo. (Honestly, I've heard better come-ons at a mortuary.)

Eventually, I just turned around, and walked out. As I did, I could hear them snickering and snorting. I later found out why. In my back pocket, I found four business cards. Business Cards.

Now that I think about it, I suppose the snickering is because one of them got so close to my backside. But thankfully, now that I have their cards, I can expose these troglodytes to the world.

Dead rising 2 Kevin Meyers business card
Dead rising 2 John Boog business card
Dead rising 2 Curtis Ellenton business card
Dead rising 2 Brian Scherbey business card

Perhaps, if they see this, they will be moved to change their ways. ...Though I doubt it.[2]




  1. a b Stratton, Stepehen (2010). Dead Rising 2 Prima Official Game Guide. Prima. 
  2. Peregrine, GretchenI May be a Horrible Person for Posting This, But..., Tape It Or Die, (September, 2010).

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