Pandemic is a cooperative game in which players work together to combat the spread of four deadly diseases before they overwhelm the planet. Each player brings a distinct skill to bear on the problem; only through careful teamwork can they ultimately save the Earth! 2-4 players, 45-60 minutes.

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Does anybody need the 6th epidemic card in Pandemic?

4 epidemic cards in the pile are easy in Pandemic. 5 cards - it is interesting. Our win / lose ratio is about 50% with 5 epidemic cards. But I can't imagine how to play with 6 epidemic cards. Are you ...
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Pandemic - how many epidemic cards?

We've got the 2013 edition of Pandemic, and the four of us are struggling! For instance, it says to prepare the Player Deck by using 4, 5, or 6 Epidemic cards for an Introductory, Standard, or Heroic ...
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Lab challenge: Can a cure be tested multiple times

One of the steps for developing a cure in the "Lab challenge" is to test it. To do it a card of the cure color must be put on the test space and one disease cube of the color can be removed from any ...
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Can Pandemic Legacy be played as “vanilla” Pandemic?

I've never played Pandemic, but thinking of getting the Legacy edition. Is it possible to play it without the legacy elements a few times first, and get an experience that is same or similar to that ...
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Is there an extension that converts regular Pandemic to Pandemic Legacy: Season 1?

I own Pandemic. I want to buy Pandemic Legacy: Season 1. It's quite expensive though and it seems that the game board looks the same. Is there an extension to the Pandemic game that reproduces ...
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How many players realistically possible in Pandemic Board Game 2nd edition

I love playing Pandemic, but the one of the biggest holdups for me is how you can only play 4 players. However, in the box there are 7 roles! (Scientist, Researcher, Medic, Quarantine Specialist, ...
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Would it be viable to play pandemic with an “eradicate all diseases” win condition?

I have played several games of Pandemic, and have found it to be a really enjoyable game with a lot of challenge. I was wondering about the possibility of modifying the rules such that the game is ...
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What are good general strategies for Pandemic?

I've looked at a lot of forum posts on several sites on Pandemic and it seems that there is a decent amount of luck. You may win 2 6-epidemic games in a row, then lose 3 5-epidemic games. I have no ...
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Is the Pandemic expansion “In the Lab” available in multiple languages?

I like to play Pandemic. I have bought the game and the expansion "On the Brink" in Dutch. Is the expansion "In the Lab" available in multiple languages? Even in Dutch?
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Pandemic on the Brink expansion in different language than the main game

I have original Pandemic in my local language (Greek). I want to buy Pandemic on the Brink but i cant find it in Greek. I don't mind having mixed languages, but is there any other kind of problem ...
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In Pandemic, can the Containment Specialist remove more than 1 cube (without the action of treating) in a cured city?

In Pandemic, when there are 2 or 3 cubes of the same color on a cured city, does the Containment Specialist remove only 1 cube when he lands or all of the cubes (like when treating) since it is cured? ...
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pandemic - can a city outbreak more than once per infect city turn?

Scenario: - infection rate is 2 - Tehran currently has 2 cubes, Baghdad has 3 cubes At end of turn, first infect card drawn is Baghdad. It outbreaks and adds a cube to Tehran so Tehran now has 3 ...
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Medic at a city with cured disease

Say Medic got to Paris with 3 blue cubes but didn't have enough action to remove cubes, and a next player cures blue. Do we get to remove those blue cubes from Paris right away or do we wait till ...
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Pandemic chain reactions

During the infect cities step, if an outbreak occurs and causes a chain reaction, then another city card is pulled which was involed in the chain reaction, does the chain reaction occur a second time? ...
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Different color cubes in one city

If we had a blue city with one black disease cube due to an outbreak and we pull that blue city card during epidemic infection phase, is it an outbreak? We thought that 3 was the max #of cubes one ...
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Does the Lab Challenge make Pandemic easier or harder?

We've tried out the Lab Challenge (from the new In The Lab expansion), and I can't quite tell if it makes the game harder or not. All other things equal (#players, roles, # epidemics), is a game with ...
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Who goes first in Pandemic?

I've recently bought Pandemic and I'm going to play it for the first time tomorrow. Having read the rules I wasn't quite sure how to interpret: The player who was most recently sick goes first. ...
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How does the “Special Orders” special event card work?

The "Special Orders" card states: During this turn, the current player may move one other player's pawn (with permission) as if it were his own. I have read this and the rule book (which gives ...
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Is Pandemic harder with fewer players?

I've played a couple of Pandemic games with 2, 3 and 4 players. From my point of view, the game should be harder with only 2 players since it will be more difficult to get a medic and both players ...
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Number of Pandemic players?

Why is the original Pandemic set for up to 4 players when there are 5 role cards?
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How can I play Pandemic with 6 players?

I've recently bought Pandemic, and really liked the game. But since the basic game is only 2-4 players, I ordered the expansion "On the Brink", which brings it up to 5 players. Is there a rules ...
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Do you know any rules that make Pandemic's difficulty more even?

Pandemic varies vastly in difficulty depending on the number of players. Does anyone know of any custom rules that make it more even?
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Is this a win or loss?

Does a player need to complete a full turn (i.e. 4 actions, pickup, infect) if during the action portion the final disease was cured? I only ask because there was only 1 player card left in the deck ...
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In Pandemic, do certain setup and card order combinations make it impossible to win?

My family has won most of the Pandemic (2 or 3 player games) we've played, but we ran into one recently that I thought impossible to win due to the 2 and 3 cube infections being far from Atlanta, far ...
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How do I mitigate 'alpha playing' in Pandemic?

I don't quite like Pandemic for a simple reason. Basically - because all players have the same knowledge, and same goal, I don't see the need to have multiple players; one person (the alpha player) ...
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Single player variant of pandemic?

Is it possible play the base version of Pandemic with one person? One thing I've consider is you could just play for four players with open hands.
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Is the pandemic + on the brink expansion easier than the standard game? (no challenges)

The On the Brink expansion adds the following to the base game: More event cards. More roles. It also adds the possibility of playing with 5 players and some extra challenges with their own set of ...
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Making the Contingency Planner more useful

The 2013 version of Pandemic added a new card, the Contingency Planner: My gaming group has found this card very weak compared to the other roles for a couple of reasons: It's ability to pull an ...
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Bio-terrorist Tactics / Strategy

What are some good general tactics and strategy for the Bio-terrorist to use? Specific questions: Where should I start? I started close to one of the cards I was dealt. I thought this would be ...
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How does infect step of epidemic interact with mutation?

As the current player pulled an epidemic card, we do the following steps: increase, infect, and intensify. Infect: Draw the bottom card from the deck and put three cubes in that city. Discard ...
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In Pandemic can I immediately cure disease to return to the 7 card limit?

I have 7 cards in my hand 4 red, 3 yellow (both uncured diseases). I take a red card from another player in my city, can I immediately cure disease (there is a research center in my city) to enable me ...
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Pandemic: drawing player cards if already have 7 in hand

In the game Pandemic, after completing your 4 actions the next step is to draw 2 player cards. If already holding 7 in hand, does the rule force you to draw additional cards and subsequently discard ...
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How does the medic work in Pandemic - In the lab once a disease is cured?

The In the Lab expansion requires you to move cubes into dishes in order to cure diseases and beat the game. Once a disease have been cured, the "automatic" ability of the Medic is that all of the ...
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Can a disease be eradicated at the beginning of the game?

During the setup the players are required to draw 9 cards to infect the starting cities before the game starts. What if for example no red disease card is drawn? Is the red disease already eradicated ...
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Can you play an instant (airlift) to move quarantine specialist prevent infection after the infection card has been drawn?

We had a situation where in the infection stage, a city was drawn that was about to cause an outbreak. To stop this, we used an instant to move out quarantine specialist there. Is this within the ...
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In Pandemic, can yellow infect black, after black has been eradicated?

Let's say that black has been eradicated. Can yellow come into the black cities and infect?
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Pandemic's difficulty seems to rest on the placement of the first epidemic card in the deck

It's impossible to get an outbreak until the first epidemic has occurred. As such the placement of the first epidemic in the player deck has a large effect on the game. If near the bottom, it allows ...
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Do I need On The Brink to play In The Lab?

I bought the Pandemic base set, and In The Lab, as I saw it plays up to six people. (Though I notice now that's for team play). When I got home, I saw the box says that you need both the base set ...
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How can I keep track of which outbreaks I've resolved?

In a situation where outbreaks chain into other cities, how can I manage cube placement so that I know which cities I've resolved? If I just place the cubes into the city, it's easy to lose track of ...
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In Pandemic: on the brink, can I remove multiple bioterrorist cubes at once for a cured strain?

In Pandemic On the brink we ran into a situation where both the black strain and bioterrorist purple strain were cured. At one point one of the players moved into a territory that had multiple black ...
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In Pandemic, when does the discard-over-7-cards rule take effect?

Scenario Pandemic's excess card rule states that if you have more than 7 cards in your hand at any time, you must discard the excess (according to your preference, of course). Let's say you're the ...
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How to win 2 player Pandemic as Quarantine Specialist and Contingency Planner

When playing with just two players in vanilla pandemic, what strategies are best when the the player's roles are contingency planner and quarantine specialist? Who should be doing what?
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How many epidemic cards to use with the Bio-Terrorist challenge?

I've had Pandemic and On The Brink for a while, recently we tried giving the Bio-Terrorist challenge a go. We weren't sure how many epidemic cards to use. For the standard game (no purple cubes but ...
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Pandemic - Will the expansions really make a difference? [closed]

Hi i just bought myself Pandemic and played for the first time last night. I have mixed thoughts about the game. I love the setting, and i think it looks fab, but there's definitely something lacking ...
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Exchanging Cards in Pandemic

When exchanging cards between two players in Pandemic, does it matter which player's turn it is? I have seen this rule played two ways: - The active player can only give a card. OR - The active ...
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Can a Special Event be used to help another player during their turn?

Special Events cards can be used at any time, even if it is not your turn, and many of them begin with "The current player may", e.g. Borrowed Time, Re-Examine Research, Mobile Hospital, Special ...
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Thinking of getting Pandemic…should I buy one or both of the expansion packs along with the base game? [closed]

I enjoy games and puzzles, although I don't have many people to play with (usually 2 players, sometimes 3). I've heard that Pandemic is a good solo game so I'm especially interested in it. I'm ...
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Pandemic--epidemics with eradicated diseases

If an Epidemic card is drawn, but the card from the infection deck that is then drawn has an eradicated disease on it, is it necessary to shift the infection rate forward--or does the fact that the ...
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What are legal ways to use the Dispatcher's special ability in Pandemic?

I don't quite understand what the person playing the Dispatcher role is allowed and disallowed to do. If the Dispatcher wants to move i.e. the Medic's pawn, does he need the approval of the owner ...
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What are the differences between Pandemic and Pandemic 2013?

I have seen that there is a new edition of Pandemic for 2013. What are the differences between Pandemic and the "New Challenge" version? Can I convert my original edition to use any of the new ...