What is a month in Pandemic Legacy? We are not sure. We were new to Legacy version so we first played the game simply like Pandemic and are now ready to play first round as a Legacy version.
A breakdown of how long a month takes depends on the outcome of each game you play. If you win the game it goes faster and if you lose the game it goes slower and it is described in the rules.
If you look at the game calendar (page 16) at the end of the rules you will notice that it has 12 months each broken down into early and late. This shows that is possible to get 24 plays out of this legacy game.
This is further broken down by the game end rules (Page 14) of which I am only including the part about game month
You start your next game at the beginning of the next month
If this is the first time the month has been played, you must try the month again. If not, move on to the next month for your next game.
What this means is the better you play the faster the game will progress. This will get you between 12 games (If you win every time) and 24 games (if you lose the first attempt every month).
To sum it up just think that months are an indicator of how many more play sessions there might be left in the game.
A month is every one or two games you play.
You'll notice you have a Game Calendar — it's referenced in this PDF rulebook in the lower left of page 4. When you complete a game, you mark outcomes in there. It's broken into:
- January — Early
- January — Late
- February — Early
- and so on.
Your very first game will take place in Early January. Entire games take place inside one half of the month; months do not elapse mid-game (as far as I'm aware).
You advance months, or halves of a month, by completing games. If you win, you skip straight to early the next month, as the Calendar advises.
Either way, by your third game, you will be in February, or perhaps even March if you've had an excellent win rate against the infections so far!