Can the Researcher transfer cards to another player on her very first turn, in other words, while still in Atlanta? Seems like this gives too much of a head start at beginning of game.


Yes, it is perfectly legal for the researcher to share cards on the first turn but it is still somewhat limited as it is limited to the cards that player starts with. While it does sound powerful at the start it should be remembered that it does limit the amount of damage that can be controlled on the first turn if it is spent sharing knowledge. Not to mention that if you are in a 4 player game it would only change someones hand by 1 or 2 cards depending on which colors they match in the other players hands which isn't that large of an advantage when you need 5 cards to do a cure.

2 players: 4 cards to give 3 players: 3 cards to give 4 players: 2 cards to give


When doing the Share Knowledge action, the Researcher may give any City card from her hand to another player in the same city as her, without this card having to match her city. The transfer must be from her hand to the other player’s hand, but it can occur on either player’s turn.

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    All good points; I'll add that on turn 1 it may be hard to guess which player to give your cards to - e.g. if two players each have a blue, the one you give yours to might end up being the 'wrong' one (i.e. the one who doesn't happen to draw any more on their own). Wasting an action on turn 1 is bad enough since there are 3 outbreaks waiting to happen, and giving a card to the wrong player may be worse than wasting an action since then you don't have that card to give to the right player later! – Benjamin Cosman Jul 25 '20 at 18:30
  • But there are certainly deals where a turn 1 handoff is a good move in which case go ahead. – Benjamin Cosman Jul 25 '20 at 18:32
  • @BenjaminCosman Exactly my point. There are times where making the trades on the first turn can be helpful though unlikely in a game breaking way there are also times where it can backfire. I think overall it has some potential but nothing in an overpowering way. – Joe W Jul 25 '20 at 23:45

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