Brains Over Brawn
Brains Over Brawn
Location South Plaza
Start Time Time icon 3:30pm, Sept. 25th
End Time Time icon 2am, Sept. 26th
PP 6,000 (Join, Each)

12,000 (Escort, Each)

Brains Over Brawn is a mission in Dead Rising 2 and Dead Rising 2: Off the Record.

Four nerds are found playing a role playing game in an empty store in the South Plaza.


Chuck finds four strangely-dressed survivors (Brian Scherbey, Curtis Ellenton, John Boog and Kevin Meyers) barricaded inside the unfinished Ultimate Playhouse store in the South Plaza, engrossed in a roleplaying game.

Chuck manages to convince the four of them to abandon their game and follow him back to the safehouse after a lengthy conversation with John. If Chuck has a female with him, the boys will join immediately.

Mission DialogueEdit

Dialogue of the mission in the Off the Record game files. All text may not be actually used in the final game.


  • If Chuck or Frank have a female survivor with him when he talks to John, all four survivors will join instantly. Rebecca Chang does not count. This mission combines well with Chuck the Role Model: both occur at nearly the same time and in the same general area, and Chuck will have Vikki Taylor with him.
  • All four of the gamers are mobile and combat-capable, but none are carrying weapons. It is recommended that Chuck arm them before leading them to safety, since they have to go a considerable distance. The South Plaza is full of sledgehammers, crowbars, and other suitable items.
  • To unlock this mission, it is essential that Chuck or Frank tackle the missions leading up to it with all possible speed. These include Worker's Compensation, Barn Burner, and Lush-ious Lady. If Chuck or Frank wait too long before doing these missions, the eight-survivor limit will prevent the gamers from appearing at all.
  • The boys have a Photo Op while playing their board game in Off the Record. Photographing them will reward Frank with Outtake points. 
  • Gretchen Peregrine stumbled upon the Brains over Brawn group and posted her negative impressions on the Tape It Or Die blog.[1]
  • In the PC game missions.txt file, the situation where the nerds will follow if Chuck has a girl is called "IsThereaGirl".
  • Similar to most missions, there are additional items during this mission listed in missions.txt. But this mission has a extremely large amount of additional items:
    • Bench, Particle_Board, Pallet, CardboardCutout, TwoByFour (4), Bucket, SledgeHammer, Pizza, Snack (2), Cookies (2), LargeSoda (4), BoardGame, Mannequin_Female (2), ServbotMask (4), Bench, Shampoo, RCHelicopter, WaterGun, GoblinMask.

The message screen for this mission states:

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



  1. Gretchen Peregrine, I May be a Horrible Person for Posting This, But..., Tape it or Die, (September 9, 2010).
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